|looking into the main storage room of the Museum|
|peeking into the "gooey" section of the museum's collection, where all the hearts and brains and organs are stored in jars, suspended in liquid|
|hard to tell, but this is a very large model of the eye|
|beautiful & quite fragile models of the inner ear made out of wax|
|definitely one of my favorite things - a model of the tongue!|
|a giant model of a kidney!|
|the detail of the kidney model|
|a paper mache model of the fetus in utero that opens and closes with a latch|
|a model of a turtle heart|
|one of the many fantastic books from the museum's |
|unpeeling the many layers of the body|
|another layered body|
|a gorgeous book of engravings|
|this looks like some kind of sea creature, but not really sure|
Like most museums, only a fraction of the National Museum of Health & Medicine's permanent collection is on public view (one curator estimated about 5%). During my recent visit, I got to spend half the day behind-the-scenes of the Museum, looking at many of the amazing objects in their collection (some of which I was not allowed to photograph due to privacy laws, sadly).
Slices of brains with gunshot wounds, a skin of a fully-tattooed Japanese man (think The Illustrated Man and you get the idea), vintage prosthetics developed during war time, a complete set of paper mache models of uteri (plural of uterus?) with tiny fetuses inside....those are just a few of the objects in their collection.
Needless to say, I can't wait to go back.