Displaying the Dead

From the second atlas volume of Charles-Nicolas Houel’s Catalogue des pièces du musée Dupuytren (1877–1880)

When Paris’ infamous museum of anatomical pathology closed its doors in 2016, a controversial collection disappeared from view. Daisy Sainsbury explores the history of the Musée Dupuytren, and asks what an ethical future might look like for the human specimens it held.


  1. Anonymous8:41 pm

    I've always wondered about the Mutter Museum in Philly which is full of jars showing pieces of people. It's OK to dig up King Tut but not someone buried last week. Just where is the cut off between the two groups?

    1. When I find out I'll let you know.


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