Museum explores death, the morbid

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NEW YORK -- A new museum opening in New York City this weekend promises a fascinating journey into the dark side.

The Morbid Anatomy Museum opens today in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

The ribbon-cutting will include a "spirit photo booth" and traditional mourning food from a cookbook titled "Death Warmed Over."

But creative director Joanna Ebenstein says the museum grew out of Ebenstein's private collection of over 2,000 books on death rituals, the human body and esoterica.

Highlights at the opening exhibition, "The Art of Mourning," include a brooch made from human teeth. There's also a 1850s shadowbox containing a Madonna surrounded by a memorial wreath made of locks of a deceased loved one.

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Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com

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