An anatomical collection dedicated to human mutants. Possibly the largest collection of human deformities in one place, the University of Amsterdam’s anatomical and embryological museum began as the private teratological collection of Gerardus Vrolik (1755-1859) and his son Willem Vrolik (1801-1863). Both were professors of anatomy at the Athenaeum Illustre, the predecessor of the University of Amsterdam.
I’m all for the expansion of scientific knowledge to further benefit the future of mankind and the Earth including all animals and ecosystem’s.
But keeping dead children in jars in a fucking museum for people to look it is not beneficial to anyone and is outright disturbing, macabre and unethical not to mention disrespectful to those poor children who suffered God knows what pain and misery in their short lives. They should be laid to rest in a respectful and proper manner and not put in a jar for every Average Joe to gawk at.
The museum started with the private collection of embryos and anatomical abnormalities, put together by the Gerardus Vrolik (1755-1859), one of the most important Dutch scientist of its times, member of notable group of scientists called The Dutch Mathematicians (Hollandse Scheikundigen), professor of anatomy, owner of Drakenburg castle.
His son Willem Vrolik (1801-1863), professor of anatomy, physiology and zoology in Amsterdam, a scientist of European reputation, a devoted Christian and a Lutheran deacon, continued the collection.
After the death of Willem Vrolik, the collection has been purchased by a group of Dutch citizens and offered to the municipality of Amsterdam, to be placed in an institution called Athenaeum Illustre, which became later University of Amsterdam.