Skeletons on display at the Shryock Museum.

Fetus and Skeleton Collection

Field review by the editors.

Loma Linda, California

This medical school museum houses a collection of fetuses and models illustrating various stages of development. In the early days of the museum mutants in jars were used to scare young mothers into giving up smoking and drinking (the school was started by Seventh Day Adventists). The Alfred Q. Shryock Museum of Embryology continues to be popular with medical students and visiting school groups.

We were originally drawn to visit years ago by a claim (did we read it in a brochure somewhere?) that they had the skeleton of Robert Wadlow. This is unlikely (town of Alton, Illinois, site of his burial, doth protest), though Shryock exhibits two pituitary giant skeletons -- neither as tall as Wadlow.

Loma Linda University was where, in 1984, they transplanted the first baboon heart into a human baby (Baby Fae died 20 days later).

Also see: Robert Wadlow - World's Tallest Man | Mutter Museum

Fetus and Skeleton Collection

Alfred Q. Shryock Museum of Embryology

Address:
11175 Campus St., Loma Linda, CA
Directions:
Alfred Q. Shryock Museum of Embryology. In the Centennial Complex, on the campus of Loma Linda University.
Hours:
By appt only. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
909-558-7602
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