Anatomical figures rendered in lifelike wax, prosthetic glass eyes peering up from medical trays, elaborate human hair wreaths memorializing the dearly departed. For Ryan and Regina Cohn, preserving these curious and often misunderstood objects is as much about honoring the past as learning from it.
In this special edition of Antiques and Their Afterlives, hosted by the co-founders of the wildly popular Oddities Flea Market, Ryan will take you on a virtual tour of The Bone Museum in Brooklyn!
This unique museum held a grand opening on October 31, 2023, when the McKibbin Lofts were transformed into a sprawling 1,000-square-foot showcase of human bones, marking the largest collection of its kind on the East Coast.
The Bone Museum offers a captivating journey through the intriguing history of medical osteology, an industry dedicated to studying, preserving, and increasing access to human bones, and an up-close educational experience with the museum’s extensive collection of bones ranging from spinal columns to complete skeletons. Visitors can explore exhibit cases, get an up-close look, and shed light on the evolution of bone-related sciences and practices.
Ryan Matthew Cohn is best known for his educated opinions and consultation on the Science Channel show "Oddities." However, it is Ryan’s ability to prepare, create, craft, and provide unparalleled attention to detail in this subject matter that makes him a true artisan. It’s his stunning preparations, which have helped him in beginning to solidify a place in the fine art world. Ryan’s unique approach to the exploded skull has pushed his career from exploration and learning to create unique fine art commissions. Aside from his artistic accolades, Ryan specializes in rare and unique antiques and artifacts predominantly relating to science, anatomy, and natural history.
With an extensive background in fashion, Regina Marie Cohn runs the Oddities Flea Market, curates events at Brooklyn’s House of Wax Bar, and works with her husband Ryan buying, creating, restoring, and selling one-of-a-kind pieces of osteological work, antiques and oddities. Regina’s eye for the strange and unusual brings the Oddities Flea Market to life.
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