March 15, 2013

visiting the museum (part 1)

A few weeks ago I was thrilled to be a visiting artist at the National Museum of Health & Medicine, where I gave a talk about my work and the history of anatomical illustration. As much fun as it was to do the talk, the best part of my trip came on the second day, when I had the privilege to visit the Museum and get a behind-the-scenes tour of their exhibits and the collection. Here are some highlights of the "front of house," taken in the morning before the Museum opened up to the public.

p.s. There is nothing too terribly gross here, but I might not be the best judge of that either. So don't say I didn't warn you.

a seal in the floor of the Museum entrance

this full skeleton greets you as you enter the Museum

definitely one of the grossest items on view - a solid hairball removed from the stomach of a 12-year-old girl
an early 19th century Japanese manikin
a healthy heart that has been plastinated

a really intricate model at 1/3 scale 

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