News, Events and Happenings

Stars, Fools and Lovers: An Illustrated Guide to the Art and History of the Tarot
By Joanna Ebenstein, Laetitia Barbier and Mark Pilkington, the creators of Morbid Anatomy and Strange Attractor Press
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Intuitive Tarot Reading Workshop with Laetitia Barbier at Lily Dale Spiritualist Community
Sunday, July 29
2pm - 5pm
Spirit Art Gallery (60 N. Main St. (RT. 60), Cassadaga, NY 14718)
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Tarot Readings with Laetitia Barbier at Lily Dale Spiritualist Community
Monday, July 30
10 am - 6 pm
$80 for an hour reading
Spirit Art Gallery (60 N. Main St. (RT. 60), Cassadaga, NY 14718)
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Behind the Scenes and Private Collection Taxidermy tour with Dr Pat Morris, Taxidermy history expert and author of Walter Potter's Curious World of Taxidermy
September 3-9, 2018
London and environs
$2000-$2200 (Exact number given when we determine the number of attendees; Includes hotels, transportation within the UK, lunches and dinners. Attendees will be responsible for their own airfare to and from London.
Space is extremely limited. Please email us at morbidanatomy [at] before July 16 if you might be  interested in joining. More detailed information, booking form and request for a deposit will be mailed to you with a deadline of mid August to confirm your participation.

Trip limited to 12 including 3 staff.

Please join us this September for an exclusive taxidermy tour featuring rarely seen Walter Potter pieces as well as private collections, historic mansions and 19th century museums--front and back stage--led by Dr Pat Morris, taxidermy historian and foremost collector of the work of eccentric Victorian taxidermist Walter Potter.

On this trip. we'll pay  several visits Dr Morris' house, where we will see rarely seen Walter Potter pieces, including the tableaux The Death and Burial of Cock Robin and A Friend in Need; Potter's stuffed pet cat and dog; and his first piece, a canary. We'll also have a chance to view rare archival materials, books, magic lantern slides, and ephemera related to the Potter Museum, along with original taxidermy by 19th century taxidermist Herman Ploucquet, whose anthropomorphic pieces delighted Queen Victoria and probably inspired a young Potter. Some evenings may be devoted to illustrated talks on other aspects of ‘historical taxidermy’ including the massive Van Ingen factory in India. We will also visit the home of professional taxidermist Barry Williams where he will tell us about his craft and  show historical pieces in his own private collection. If time allows we will visit Alexis Turner, author of Taxidermy and proprietor of “London Taxidermy” hire company.

The trip will also feature special guided tours of some of the UK's finest historic natural history collections, Museums visited will include the Tring Natural History Museum, opened in 1892 to make available to the public the private collation of rich eccentric Lionel Walter Rothschild; The Booth Museum of Natural History, founded in 1874 and featuring  pioneering ‘habita group’ displays from the 19th century;  the Horniman Museum, founded to showcase the Frederick John Horniman personal collection 'illustrating natural history and the arts and handicrafts of various peoples of the world' from around 1860 (with a visit to the Museum’s store to see the beautiful Hart collection of British birds); and The Saffron Walden Museum with a small natural history collection dating to 1832 and ‘Wallace’ a famous lion.

We will also have special guided tours of two magnificent National Trust historic mansions: Calke Abbey, a huge mansion originally built in the 12th century as an Augustinian priory, and now full of curiosities and the largest collection of historic taxidermy on public display in Britain , and Audley End House, a mansion built in the early 17th century and housing the second largest display  of historic country house taxidermy open to the public in Britain  including  many spectacular ornamental bird cases.

Morbid Anatomy Vienna Anatomy Weekend with the Josephinum and Narrenturm SAVE THE DATE
This special weekend will include exclusive front and back stage tours of these incredible historic collections, along with the opportunity to draw pieces from the collection, and lectures touching on the intersections of art and medicine, death and culture.
Saturday October 13 and Sunday October 14
Vienna, Austria (The Josephinum and Narrenturm)
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The Vesalius Trust Art and Anatomy Tour: Budapest, Vienna and Prague

October 7-18, 2018
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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: Birth and the Modern Body, reading group with Dr. Wendy C. Nielsen
Saturday, October 20, 2018
5 pm - 6.45 pm
Morbid Anatomy Library at Green-Wood Cemetery
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Starling Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
Saturday, October 27th
12 pm to 7p m
Private Taxidermy Studio, Brooklyn, 11226
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Death in Colonial New York, A Walking Tour with Allison C. Meyer
Saturday, October 27
Location: Meeting in front of the Museum of The American Indian
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SAVE THE DATE: Muerte en Bolivia: Field trip to La Paz to Learn about Bolivia's Folklore, Death Culture, and Sacred Coca Leaf
Muerte en Bolivia: Field trip to Bolivia with a native guide for Festival of the Skulls (Fiesta de los Ñatitas), coca leaf and witchcraft markets, pre-Columbian mummies, pre-hispanic ruins, a blessing of the cars, Cholita wrestling,  and much more!
Monday November 5 - Sunday November 11
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Rabbit/Jackalope Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
Saturday, November 17th
12 pm to 7 pm
Private Taxidermy Studio, Brooklyn, 11226
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Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
Saturday, December 15th
12 pm - 6 pm
Private Taxidermy Studio
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Woven Strands: The Art of Human Hair Work

The Mütter Museum along with curators John Whitenight and Evan Michelson have assembled an exquisite group of Victorian hair art and jewelry as well as accompanying materials that discuss the social expectations of Victorian-era mourning rituals that ruled 19th century society with strict standards.
January 19, 2018 – September 16, 2018
The Mütter Museum, Philadelphia, Thomson Gallery
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The Morbid Anatomy Library at Green-Wood Cemetery
Saturday, April 1 - Sunday, June 24, 2018
Weekends 12 - 5
Free and open to the public
The Fort Hamilton Gatehouse at Green-Wood Cemetery (Hamilton Parkway and Micieli Place, F and G trains at Fort Hamilton Station or Church Street Station)
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At Morbid Anatomy, we’ve hosted three trips to Mexico for Day of the Dead. The country was amazing, and the people we met among the kindest and most welcoming we've ever known. Mexico is our neighbor, and a gateway to Latin America. It breaks our hearts to see what's happening now with children of asylum seekers and migrants being forcibly separated from their families at our Southern Border. Please join us in supporting the work of RAICES, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services here.


Death: A Graveside Companion
At nearly 400 pages, this book explores, via over 1,000 images and 19 essays, humankind's attempts attempts--mythological, scientific and popular – to imagine, respond to, or find meaning in the mystery of death.

Edited by Joanna Ebenstein, Foreword by Will Self, Featuring the Richard Harris Art Collection
Thames and Hudson, October 24, 2017 (Available for pre-order)
368 pages, 1,000 illustrations in color and black and white
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SÉANCE: Spiritualist Ritual and the Search for Ectoplasm, Shannon Taggart, Forthcoming
New book by former Morbid Anatomy Museum artist and scholar in residence Shannon Taggart based on her decade long project documenting spiritualism, a religion in which devotees attempt to communicate with the souls of the dead. Includes her own photos and antique spiritualist photographs.
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As Far As The Eye Can Travel "paper "Wunderkammer" by Chiara Ambrosio
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