Thursday, July 6, 2017


Ivory carved female manikin from 1600's  with removable organs approx. 6" in length

Ivory carved female manikin from 1600's with baby and removable organs approx. 6 inches in length

My daughter and I recently took a road trip to Cleveland, Ohio to the Dittrick Museum located in the Allen Memorial Medical Library on Case Western Reserve University.

This Museum is a hidden treasure.  The Gallery exhibits were amazing.  The theme this time around was mostly around Reproduction and birth, and birth Control through the ages. I always have my miniature mind engaged when visiting such exhibits and I wasn't disappointed.  The ideas starting swirling in my head.

I thought these Ivory carved teaching tools from the 1600's amazing in detail.  Doctors did not attend births in that time period, it was done by midwives.  There was also other teaching tools thru the ages on childbirth, chairs and beds used in childbirth, a couple doctor's offices set up of different era's and drawers after drawers of utensils, and other items used by doctors of every century.  There was an interesting History of Microscopy with ninety microscopes from 17th to the 20th century.  I have been doing research on lobotomies and the tools used were in  a display there.   If you needed research for a period of time for a room box this would be the place to start.  The  architecture of the building itself is from the late 1800's and is quite impressive.

The price was free.  Times and days listed on the web site. Exhibits change frequently.

Dittrick Museum  Click on Dittrick Museum, this is the web site.

This Museum is right down the street from Wade Circle where all the other great Museums and Botanical gardens are.  Also the famous Lake View Cemetery is not far.  Here is their website.   There are many famous people buried there, gangsters, rich and famous.  They have trolley tours available on certain days.  It is also the location of the crying angel head stone.  This is a very old and historic cemetery and as always good research for miniaturists.  

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