Guided tours

There is a great deal to see at Museum Vrolik, from anatomical specimens and rare congenital abnormalities to animal skeletons. Our tour guides know the history of the exhibits and have an advanced knowledge of anatomy.

During the tours they talk about the normal development of an embryo, the causes of congenital defects and the structure and function of healthy organs and body parts.

Guided tours are particularly suitable for school groups. You can also arrange for a guided tour to devote attention to topics that are closely linked to the curriculum. 
There are three types of tour:

  1. Highlights
    A general tour covering important, historically interesting parts of the collection as well as preparations with a great relevance for medicine and science. These include the oldest item in the collection, common illnesses in the 18th and 19th centuries (e.g. syphilis and rachitis), historically interesting preparations such as corset liver, the normal development of the embryo and foetus, congenital abnormalities as Siamese twins, cyclopia, dwarfism and stone baby.
  2. Human Development
    This tour focuses on human development, from embryo to adulthood, and on the congenital abnormalities that can arise. The tour features exhibits relating to normal development of the embryo and foetus, development of the brain, skeleton, skull, jaw and teeth, and the main congenital abnormalities such as Siamese twins, brain and skull abnormalities, spina bifida, cyclopia, dwarfism, umbilical hernia and sirenomelia.
  3. History of the Collection
    A tour that focuses mainly on the development of the collection. This tour features exhibits relating to diseases common in the 18th and 19th centuries (such as syphilis, rickets and bladder stones), the 18th-century bone collection of Hovius, tattoos from the French period, corset livers from the time before the first feminist movement and, of course, the diverse 19th-century private anatomical collection of Gerard and Willem Vrolik, with its many animal preparations, including a lion that belonged to King Louis Napoleon, a python's heart and a whale's eye.

Please indicate your preference on the request form.

Practical information

  • A guided tour costs 35 euros per group, to be paid to the tour guide (cash only)
  • The maximum number of people for each tour is 15.
  • Two guided tours can be held simultaneously.
  • Visitors may not join a guided tour that is already in progress.
  • Requests for a guided tour must be submitted at least two weeks in advance.
  • The museum is more suitable for children of at least secondary-school age than for children of primary-school age. If you would like further advice on this, please send us an e-mail.

The request

  • It is possible that there will not be a tour guide available for the date or time you have requested. In that case we will contact you to arrange an alternative date or time.

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