A few years ago, my boyfriend and I were watching a Discovery Channel special about Philly’s Mutter Museum. The place is home to a lot of medical weirdness — like a five-foot colon, which held some 40 pounds of poo. Needless to say, we felt this place was reason enough to visit The City of Brotherly Love. Screw the Bell, man!
Now, as it turns out, another trip might be in order to yet another freaky museum. In London, England, The Wellcome Collection has opened its doors. According to an article in The New York Times, the museum contains “anatomical models, surgical instruments, prosthetic limbs and other examples of medical progress, as well as eye-catching objects ranging from Peruvian mummies and Chinese torture chairs to Greco-Roman phallic amulets to Japanese sex aids.” Sweet.
Oh, but there’s more. So much more.
It also presents what can only be called celebrity curiosities, like Napoleon’s toothbrush, Charles Darwin’s walking stick, Benjamin Disraeli’s death mask, Horatio Nelson’s razor, Florence Nightingale’s moccasins (worn during the Crimean War) and some locks of George III’s hair.
Of course, there’s always a reason why somebody chooses to collect amputation saws and mummies instead of coins or stamps. In this case, Henry Wellcome’s young bride (26 years his junior) cheated on him and became pregnant. He ditched her and devoted his life to his collection, which includes a piece of skin with a tattoo on it from an executed criminal. See, everyone has a story.
You can read the entire article here.