The Morbid Anatomy Library and Museum

The Morbid Anatomy Library is a research library and private museum in Brooklyn, New York. It is committed to celebrating and providing materials dedicated to the places where death and beauty intersect. The Library is open on Saturdays from 2-6 PM.

The library makes available a collection of curiosities, books, photographs, artworks, ephemera, and artifacts relating to medical museums, anatomical art, collectors and collecting, cabinets of curiosity, the history of medicine, death and society, natural history, arcane media, and curiosity and curiosities broadly considered. The Morbid Anatomy Library's current Scholars in Residence are Evan Michelson of Obscura Antiques and Oddities and the Science Channel's "Oddities" and writer and researcher Salvador Olguín whose area of expertise is death in Mexico.

If you would like to know more about the library, and to get sense of its contents, you can read about it in Vogue UK, CNN, Newsweek, Time Out New York, and The Huffington Post (amongst many others)and watch videos about it produced by Fox NewsNewsweek, Rocketboom Media, Create Culture, and WPIX's Toni On! New York. You can also view an illustrated lecture about the library by clicking here.

We gratefully accept donations to the library holdings; donations are tax deductable and you can send them to the mailing address below. To find out more, to make an appointment, or for general inquiries or comments, please email morbidanatomy[at]

Visiting Address:
543 Union Street, Brooklyn, New York 11215
••• Buzzer 1E (or enter via Proteus Gowanus Gallery)
Click here to view map.

Mailing Address:
Joanna Ebenstein
c/o Morbid Anatomy Library
543 Union Street #1E
Brooklyn, NY 11215

The Morbid Anatomy Library is a project-in-residence of Proteus Gowanus Gallery and Reading Room about which you can find out more by clicking here.

Photos by Shannon Taggart.