Testut-Latarjet Museum – Lyon, France - Atlas Obscura

Testut-Latarjet Museum

Nicknamed the "Museum of Horrors," this French anatomical collection has been fascinating visitors for over a century. 


Update: Museum is closed until further notice.

Like many medical and anatomical collections, the Testut-Latarjet Museum in Lyon, France is filled with rare, gruesome examples of physical oddities and aging experiments, but this may be one of the only of its kind that is specifically designed to look a little creepy. 

While the collection contained in the Testut-Latarjet Museum has been on display since 1854, it had been being gathered since 1789. The collection itself was established by a dozen or so doctors who broke off from the local university and founded the Lyon National Society of Medicine, an independent organization devoted to cataloging the medical history of the area. After starting the museum in the mid-1800’s it continued to grow pulling together reconstructed bones, exploded preserved organs, fetuses in jars, and even expanding to contain dinosaur bones, mummies, and a whole section devoted to crime.

Being independent of the university system, the collection became the only one of its kind in the country to be entirely open to the public. When the museum was restored in 1992, the project set about to make sure that the collection retained its feel of a curiosity collection of yesteryear. In other words, keep it creepy. To this day, the macabre medical collection attracts lovers of morbid anatomy as well as scientists and researchers who use the museum as a home base.

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