The Daily Pick

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Human Oddities Museum

Gretchen Worden was the curator of the human oddities museum known as the Mütter. She passed away last year, and there's a terrific article in the NY Times about this strange and wonderful individual and her collection.

This, her friends agree, is how she would want to be remembered: her own Gretchen Worden Room at the Mütter Museum, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia's collection of medical specimens and instruments. It's a small room, in a former storage area Ms. Worden jokingly referred to as "the tumor room." But it has been handsomely fitted out with display cases of polished wood and glass, filled with the kinds of spectacularly grotesque anatomical oddities Ms. Worden spent her adult life explicating as the museum's director and tireless promoter.

Thanks Boing Boing
posted by Tom Kealey at 8:38 PM


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