Amsterdam Sights

Museum Vrolik

medical collection of pathological specimens, anomalous embryos, odd skulls and bones

Museum Vrolik is a small museum with a unique collection of pathological specimens, anomalous embryos, odd skulls and bones, and other anatomical abnormalities from the late 18th century, 19th century and early 20th century.

Two specimens showing the human brain

The collection of professors of anatomy Gerardus Vrolik (1755-1859) and his son Willem Vrolik (1801-1863) was purchased by the city of Amsterdam in 1869 and eventually found its home at the Academic Medical Center (AMC), one of the largest hospitals of The Netherlands, in the most south-eastern part of the city. Other anatomical collections have been added to the museum over the years. There are also a number of animal specimens in the collection.

Collection

Museum Vrolik's collection includes about 10,000 anatomical specimens of humans and animals, such as skeletons and skulls, but also pathological anatomy and congenital malformations, such as dwarfism, cyclopia and Siamese twins in formaldehyde. They are the result of severe developmental defects; so severe that the children died shortly after birth.

Cyclops in formaldehyde

Freely accessible

The collection can be visited by anyone, but it is most commonly used for education and research by the Faculty of Medicine students of the University of Amsterdam. Parts of the Museum Vrolik collection can also be seen at NEMO science center. Museum Vrolik also offers guided tours but you have to request them at least 2 weeks in advance.

Not for young kids

The museum is more suitable for children of at least secondary-school age than for children of primary-school age.


How to get there?

The museum is located on the ground floor of the Faculty of Medicine (building J) of the AMC in Amsterdam Zuidoost. The museum can be reached easily by public transport. Take metro 54 to Gein from Centraal Station and get off at Holendrecht.
⟩ By metro: 54 to Gein, stop Holendrecht


Deformed skeletons

Display case of odd bones and skulls

Rare Siamese twins (left) and dwarves (right) in formaldehyde

Foetuses of a jaguar, an agouti, an otter and a panther

Tasmanian Devil Skeleton

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Museum Vrolik

Academic Medical Center Meibergdreef 15, 10-30
Amsterdam (Zuidoost)

official website
www.museumvrolik.nl

Opening hours

Sun closed
Mon 10:00 - 17:00
Tue 10:00 - 17:00
Wed 10:00 - 17:00
Thu 10:00 - 17:00
Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat closed

Admission

free, but a voluntary contribution is greatly appreciated