Nearly 300 brains on display in Lima


How many times have you overheard some outlandish comment from a friend or relative and thought to yourself, _what is going on in their head?_ Now that we’re in holiday season, this feeling is likely at an all-time high…

Researchers and curious individuals have the chance to get a glimpse at the brain up close thanks to the “brain library” at *Santo Toribio de Mogrovejo Hospital* in Lima, Peru. Not many people are aware of the museum, a facility open to the public that is one of the largest of its kind in not only Latin America but the world.

In an article recently published on, a web-based science, technology and research news source, author Luis Jaime Cisneros lists the Lima museum as having “a total of *2,912 brains collected over the years*, nearly 300 of which are on display in a mind-opening exhibit.”

Divided into three parts (neuroanatomy, birth defects and brain damage), healthy and diseased brains are seen by some *20,000 visitors a year*, according to Cisneros.

To read the full article, including an interview with the museum’s leading neuropathologist, *Diana Rivas*, click here

Visit the Santo Toribio de Mogrovejo Hospital *(Lima District 15003) near Barrio Altos* and let us know what you thought!

Below is a video from the AP archives, a brief tour of the museum:

_(Video: Youtube/AP Archive)_The Santo Toribio de Mogrovejo Hospital has a massive collection of brains, hundreds of which can be seen by the public.



Agnes Rivera

A U.S. native plucked from the green surroundings of her home state of Oregon, Agnes Rivera has been living in Lima, Peru, fulfilling various occupations such as teaching, translating, and journalism. While indoors she uses her time creatively to build "recycled art" and read fiction, she is quick to use any excuse to be outdoors, balancing her inner home-body lifestyle with an adventurous spirit to explore all that Peru has to offer.