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Museum of Questionable Medical Devices


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Museum Location at St. Anthony Main Closes.

When museum founder, Bob McCoy, retired the Museum's collection was donated to the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul in January 2002.


Bob passed away May 2010 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Read his obituary here.

Or leave a comment about Bob here.



Questionable Medical Devices Collection Now at the Science Museum

The Science Museum is honored to have recently obtained the collection of the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices, (formerly in downtown Minneapolis) upon the retirement of its founders, Bob and Margaret McCoy. The exhibit highlights quack medical devices such as the Phrenology machine that "deduces" personality, a 1950's foot x-ray machine that claimed a perfect shoe fit every time, the Orgone Energy Accumulator that brought vitality to people, plus other gizmos reputed to reverse, correct, or stimulate whatever ailed you. While the collection is rich with fun and entertainment, it offers a multitude of ways to reflect on science, society and ethics, skepticism, and objectivity.

- Science Museum of Minnesota press release

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last updated April 2013