Help make the Morbid Anatomy Museum a reality via Kickstarter

Joanna Ebenstein's Gowanus cabinet of curiosities will become a full-fledged museum this summer, and you can help the process via its Kickstarter campaign

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When Joanna Ebenstein opened the Morbid Anatomy Library in 2008, it was a bit of a curiosity, collecting all of the oddball artifacts and trash-picked gems she'd found in one place. But in the years since, Ebenstein's space has become, if not mainstream, then certainly a part of the Brooklyn cultural landscape.


Now, more than six years after she began the enterprise, Morbid Anatomy is on its way to becoming a full-fledged museum: Ebenstein, along with the board of the museum, has begun a Kickstarter campaign to help make that happen. The new location, a 4,200-square-foot space on the corner of Third Avenue and 7th Street in Gowanus, Brooklyn, was made possible with funds raised by the Brooklyn Arts Council and private and online donors. When the museum debuts, the first exhibition will feature 19th-century anthropomorphic taxidermy—animals wearing Victorian gowns and playing poker—from Walter Potter's defunct museum.


According to the website, "The money raised on Kickstarter will go toward covering capital expenses, mounting our first exhibition and finishing the build out of the museum." For those willing to donate, there are some exciting incentives: A $10 donation gets you and a friend admission to the museum, but if you bump it up to $40, you'll get a yearlong membership. For those with more to give, you can get a critique on your manuscript from a professional author, or get to hang out with one of the stars from the Science Channel show Oddities.


So far the campaign has raised a little more than $9,000 of their $60,000 goal. Those looking to support this awesome and unusual museum have until May 3 to donate.



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