Bangalore's brain museum

Dr Shankar’s Brain Museum in Bangalore is shelf upon shelf of largely unlabelled brains in jars, along with various other bits of anatomical pickle (human and otherwise). Andy Deemer took a visit and provides some lovely snapshots.

I’m not sure that I’d call Dr Shankar’s Brain Museum a museum. There were no explanations, no details, no citations or learning. Just six hundred brains in an otherwise empty room.

On reflection, perhaps “Collection” would be a better word. A fantastic collection of diseased and healthy brains, sandwiched between a Brain Bank and the Hospital Canteen.

Two dozen purple slides showed something. Ten or so brains were marked by a shared label: Intracerebral Hemorrhage. Another row was marked Glioma. Arterial Stroke. Schwannoma. Schizophrenia.

Dr Shankar’s Wonderful Collection of Brains and Other Medical Obscura


  1. Dr. Frankenstein: Now… that brain that you gave me… was it Hans Delbruck’s?
    Igor:  No.
    Dr. Frankenstein: Ah. Good. Uh… would you mind telling me… whose brain… I did put in?
    Igor: And you won’t be angry?
    Dr. Frankenstein: I will not be angry.
    Igor: Abby…someone.
    Dr. Frankenstein: Abby someone? Abby who?
    Igor: Abby Normal.

  2. Much better display than our human brain display.  We keep it in what appears to be an old pickle jar displayed between an ant farm and a mold-a-rama dinosaur.

     Yes, this is a true story.  No, I don’t know who’s brain it is.

  3. Reminds me of the Cushing Brain Collection in New Haven. I went there for Obscura Day a couple of years back.

    Although I guess there are only so many ways one can display brains. :P


    1. Cushing Brain Collection? I had no idea that the Hammer Frankenstein films were documentaries.

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