Testut Latarjet Museum

The Testut Latarjet Museum aims to display only the most frightening medical oddities. It’s not for the faint of heart.

Museum of Horrors

From Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum to Los Angeles’ Museum of Death, there are many galleries around the world that display medical oddities. Lyon’s Testut-Latarjet Museum, however, is special. Not only is it one of the oldest such museums, but its mission is to emphasize the creepy side of medical memorabilia. Its nickname is “The Museum of Horrors.”

Celebrating Eerie History

The Testut-Latarjet collection has been regularly on display since the mid-1800’s. But its origins date to the late 1700’s, when several local physicians founded the Lyon National Society of Medicine. These men wished to preserve the uncanny side of the medical world.

Items on display include malformed bones, fetuses in jars, and mummies. There’s even an entire section dedicated to the remnants of famous crimes. The museum went through a major restoration in 1992, and even then, its goal was to remain frightening.