If you like dead bodies, two-headed taxidermied kittens and strong coffee, you'll love Brooklyn's Morbid Anatomy Museum. I've long wanted to take a trek to visit, and my wish finally came true on a cold day late last January. I had the good fortune to see their incredible House of Wax current exhibition as well as their permanent collection of oddities related to the human body, death, and other mortal subjects. Lucky for me I had a minute with the museum's creative director, Joanna Ebenstein, to talk organs and our shared fascination with all bodily things. If you're in NY or elsewhere, be sure to put this place on your list of things to do before you die.
When a museum calls itself "disturbingly informative" you know it's got to be great. The Mutter Museum, part of the College of Physician's of Philadelphia, is chock full of bones, preserved guts floating in jars and other creepy stuff from the bodily world. They are perhaps best known for having a replica of Siamese twins Chang & Eng, who had a conjoined liver (hey, if you can't share your liver with your own brother, who can you share it with?) that is preserved and on display at Mutter. This place is the original Body Worlds. Best of all, this emporium of body parts will soon carry I Heart Guts plushies, stickers and buttons, so if you're in the Philly area and you just can't wait, get your guts there.