Museum Vrolik
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Museum Vrolikianum was the private anatomical collection of the Amsterdam anatomists Gerard (1775-1859) and Willem Vrolik (1801-1863). After their deaths, the collection was further expanded by other Amsterdam anatomists. The human body is the central focus in Museum Vrolik. What do we look like on the inside? What diseases did people suffer from in the past? Skeletons and wet specimens show the devastating effects of diseases like rickets (English disease), TBC and syphilis. Congenital malformations are also on display, such as cyclopia and conjoined twins. Museum Vrolik has a large collection of animal anatomy as well.
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Omar v
Delft, The Netherlands20 contributions
Jul 2022
Let's start with the good points...

This museum has an interesting theme: (pathological) anatomy, with a focus on deformities. It is nicely displayed, with over 10.000 items in the old cabinets. Being a bit remote, the location was well accessible using public transport.

However, the focus on embryological deformities is quite... disturbing. There must be around 500 real embryos and foetuses in this museum. The original founder (Gerard Vrolik), held his private "collection" in his own house as "private museum". This guy was a midwife and kept some of the deformed foetuses for his collection... We were stunned by this.

Let's talk more about the museum itself... The price is quite high for non-students (at UvA!!), being 7,50 euros for what must be around 30 minutes of display. The information in the museum is presented through plasticised pamphlets, and is not very accessible.

What must be the worst part was the lady behind the desk. She was very unfriendly, not rude, but unfriendly. I very kindly asked if there was a student discount. She said "If you're from UvA, then yes." I politely said I studied at a different university, whereafter she said: "Well that's too bad for you, should have studied here". In a very degrading way.

I will only recommend this museum if you're alright with all I mentioned above... and have a strong stomach of course!
Written 6 July 2022
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Diana D
3 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
This museum was in my top 5 must SEE museums.we went by bike,23 km and it was Worth it🤩
Did u know that Vrolik Museum is in top 7 most interesting museums in The WORLD.?
Written 6 July 2022
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Louise M
Glasgow, UK12 contributions
Apr 2022 • Solo
One of the best curated and well looked after anatomical collections I have visited. There’s an extensive foetal abnormality collection and one of the best (albeit small) oral and maxillofacial collections. Worth the visit.
Written 28 April 2022
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Ivo b
1 contribution
Sep 2021 • Couples
Lovely museum to learn about the human body and mutations.

It's a small hall with nothing but shelves loaded with jars of human body parts and babies, and skeletons.

Fascinating to see how a baby grows from an embryo to birth and what can go wrong.
Written 1 October 2021
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Thanks very much for your great review! Wonderful to hear.
Written 3 December 2021
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Stadam
120 contributions
Jun 2019
It is a really great museum, far from the center but if you have some spare time, you wont regret. It is located inside Academic Medical Center, so it may be a bit hard to find. When we saw they had cyclops and similar stuff, we just had to see them. Not for squeamish people. Unofrtunately, photos are not allowed :(
We will be back here definetly when our friends come and visit
Written 1 May 2020
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Hi there, thanks a million for your positive review! And we'd also like to thank you for respecting our photography policy--and therefore for having respect for the deceased whose bodies reside in our museum, and who still teach us. This way you're helping us to preserve the medical and educational context of our sensitive collection.
Written 3 December 2021
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Lisa D
Los Angeles, CA2 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
I heard about this wonderful gem from Atlas Obscura and it did not disappoint. The medical specimens are to die for and so beautifully prepared and presented. We purchased their book as well to take some of it home since no photos are allowed. Honestly it’s the best collection of human dissections I’ve seen.
Written 9 March 2020
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Thank you for your wonderful compliment! That's really wonderful to hear. Enjoy Forces of Form at home and thanks very much for respecting our photography policy.
Written 6 April 2020
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Erik H
1 contribution
Feb 2020 • Solo
We've easily spent almost three hours looking at the exhibit. It is very fascinating, but definitely not for the faint hearted. The English explanation cards were also informative which I recommend using.
Written 5 March 2020
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Thank you very much, glad you enjoyed your visit!
Written 6 April 2020
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Dana
New York, New York, United States47 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
This place has been on my bucket list for 20 years and it did not disappoint! The collection is amazing, my husband and I really geeked out. It was too bad that there was no photography allowed, but after seeing the extent of the content, I understood why. Got myself a nice little
book in the gift shop with some cool photos though. This is the perfect museum for someone who loves both art and science!!
Written 28 February 2020
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Thank you for your lovely review! And also for respecting our photography policy, we hope you'll enjoy the book!
Written 3 March 2020
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krisb027
Mosta, Malta18 contributions
Feb 2020
wether you work or study anything science/human anatomy related or you just want to learn a few unusual facts this place will make for an interesting visit.
Written 21 February 2020
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Thank you very much!
Written 3 March 2020
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n.ss
1 contribution
Sep 2019
The museum has a very interesting collection. The staff is super friendly. They also host the annual Amsterdam Anatomy Weekend, which is totally worth it, if you happen to be in town.
Written 20 February 2020
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Thank you so much! Hope to see you at the next Weekend of Anatomy.
Written 3 March 2020
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