Photos of deformed babies displayed in Netherlands’ museum go viral in social media

Teratology is the study of congenital abnormalities and abnormal formations. This is a popular subject among anatomists in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Gerardus Vrolik (1755-1859) and his son, Willem Vrolik (1801-1863) began their private tetralogical collection which later became the largest collection of Human deformities in one place, the Museum Vrolik located at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Gerardus Vrolik (1755-1859)


Willem Vrolik (1801-1863)

Willem wrote extensively about deformities, including cyclopia, the pathogenesis of congenital anomalies, and conjoined twins. His personal collection together with that of his father was left behind after he died.

The city of Amsterdam purchased the collection in 1869 and they decided to house it in the University.

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The Museum Vrolik includes specimens from other collections, added through more than a century of its existence. This includes bone pathology, dental collection, and other teratological specimens. animal specimens are also added in the collection.

In 1994, a total of 150 specimen of anatomical deformations or oddities are on display in the Museum.

Today, the Museum Vrolik has not only a historical and didactical importance, the molecular research also gives specimens of its collection scientific value, down to the time of its founders.

Recently, Museum Vrolik has caught the attention of Netizens when Facebook user Eigil Muus uploaded photos during his visit in the museum.

Photos courtesy of Eigil Muus.

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The post already gained more than 7,000 reactions and more than 21,000 shares from netizens.

Netizens were in awe as to how this collection was obtained and preserved by the owners.

For the information of everyone, the museum is open to all on Mondays until Fridays from 10 AM to 5 PM and entrance is FREE!

Isn’t is amazing how scientists could preserve such a rich heritage of the human life?

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H/T: AtlasObscura