Museo Anatómico Pedro Ara

In the middle of February, the student group took a trip to Museo Anatómica Pedro Ara (Pedro Ara Museum of Anatomy) en el Hospital Nacional de Clínicas. Who is Pedro Ara? Pedro Ara was a Spanish anatomist who perfected the art of parafinización, or the embedding of a tissue sample in paraffin wax, near the beginning of the 20th century. While he paraffinized many subjects throughout his 82 years of life, he is most famous for paraffinizing the body of María Eva Duarte de Perón, aka Evita, between 1952 and 1953.

According to the official website, Museo Anatómico Pedro Ara is home to 1101 specimen. Although there are many photos of the artifacts online, I took some pictures for the memories. Here they are!

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Sign when entering the museum.


Writing on one of the skulls.


With the black and red markings, these seemed so artistic. Hard to really wrap my head around the fact that they were at one point living people.


A different view.


I don’t remember what this was (I’m not a med student yet)!


My favorite picture of the day! One of many specimen included in the kidney display.


I loved the illustration juxtaposed with the real version.

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The precision that went into paraffinizing this little body amazes me.




“El viejo.” Ara’s second most famous work, after Evita. This man was homeless and requested that his body be preserved for the museum.

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