Tales From the Museum: The Museum of Osteology - Atlas Obscura Experiences

Tales From the Museum: The Museum of Osteology

1.5 hours
$15 per device
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$15 per device
$15 per person
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What We’ll Do

This experience is part of Halloweek (Oct. 26–30) at Atlas Obscura, a full five days of terrifying tales, wicked games, and creepy crafts. Via Zoom, join us as we gaze into Victorian divination mirrors, glimpse the scarier side of spelunking, unearth stories of stolen bones, and more. Find a trusty nightlight and book your tickets now, lest they disappear into the night!

Join Kylie Holloway and Zak Martellucci for an insider experience of the museums you miss the most. On each show, we’ll celebrate an incredible museum and the people who work to make it great. We’ll explore the strange, sublime, and secret stories behind the work on display and we’ll close out the show with an exclusive conversation with a guest expert about the collection and how the museum world is coping with this uncertain time.

For our special Halloweek edition of Tales from the Museum, we'll be exploring the The Museum of Osteology, with its founder, Jay Villemarette! America's only skeleton museum, the museum celebrates vertebrate life by providing guests a unique opportunity to compare and contrast many rare species normally not seen in museum exhibits. Currently displaying over 300 skeletons from all corners of the world, the museum also features a variety of North American specimens ranging from tiny mice and shrew skeletons to a 40 foot humpback whale. The Museum of Osteology is the largest privately held collection of osteological specimens in the world! No bones about it, this show is going to be incredible!

Jay Villemarette's career started at the age of seven when he was exploring the woods near his Pennsylvania home with his father and brother when he found a skeleton of a domestic dog. Seeing Jay’s interest, his father encouraged him to collect the bones and study what he had found. Little did Jay know that this was going to spark a life-long obsession that would later lead to a company that would become “The World’s Leading Supplier of Osteological Specimens” and also America’s largest skeleton museum with more than 7000 specimens entrusted to it. With more than 35 years of osteological experience, Jay’s interest in his career has never diminished. He and his family continue to grow the company with a new state of the art facility opening soon. Jay is also expanding his museum interests and is currently developing traveling skeleton exhibits that will tour America soon.

Where We’ll Be


About Your Host
Zak and Kylie
Zak and Kylie

Zak Martellucci is a storyteller, science communicator and huge nerd who has worked in the museum space for the last 7+ years. He is also a host of VERSUS, a monthly interactive debate show at Caveat in NYC. Find him on Twitter @ZakMartellucci and Instagram @zzzzzzak!

Kylie Holloway is a performer and live events producer who uses comedy to celebrate the forgotten women of history and artists you should know about. You can catch her as the host of Nevertheless She Existed: a comedy podcast unearthing groundbreaking women of yore, or as a tour guide at museums across the country. Find her on Twitter and Instagram @KylieHolloway_!

What Else You Should Know

Once registered, you can access the Zoom room for this experience through your confirmation email or Eventbrite account. Atlas Obscura online experiences are recommended for attendees age 13+. Following the experience, we’ll send you a recording of your Halloweek experience, which you’ll be able to view for up to five days after the event. Head to Atlas Obscura to see more of our upcoming online experiences.

This event is one of Atlas Obscura’s new Online Experiences. At Atlas Obscura, our mission has always been to inspire wonder and curiosity about the incredible world we all share. Now, more than ever, there’s a need to stay connected—not only to our sense of wonder, but to each other.

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