Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog

I came across a Russian blog purporting to have photo evidence of an abandoned Soviet-era neuroscience lab outside Moscow, left in a real hurry for unknown reasons. I thought it might be a hoax or exaggeration, but after looking at the photos posted to the blog, even if it wasn’t exactly true, the photos were amazing bits of neuro nostalgia.

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Many more pictures, go take a look. From Brusnichka.


  1. #1 Dave Bridges
    January 14, 2008

    geeze… where do you find this stuff?

  2. #2 Dan
    January 14, 2008

    Looks kind of staged. I suppose a shot of the outside of the building would be nice.

    However, if it is legit, I think it’s probably a pretty cool story to look into.

  3. #3 Alexander
    January 14, 2008

    Love the pictures!

    I recently came across a claim of another abandoned hospital, however I too was unsure if the pictures seemed staged or not. Interestingly enough, it’s on Poveglia island and is supposed to be one of the most haunted places in the world. I, personally, don’t believe in supernatural stuff but I ended up looking at these pictures. They’re of an Italian psychiatric hospital and it looks like they were also either staged or whoever used to work there just abandoned everything in tact. Is it common practice in some areas to just abandon everything? I mean this one has medical instruments still laid out on tables and everything.

    Oh the pictures are here if anyone wants to check them out and rule in on the staged or real debate –

  4. #4 Shelley Batts
    January 16, 2008

    geeze… where do you find this stuff?

    Heh, just randomness mostly…searches, redditt, friends, etc.

    I’m still unsure as to the truthfulness of the pictures, but that blog has other weird soviet-era buildings in pictures (there was a high-voltage station that was kinda interesting.)

    Thanks for the link, Alex, I’ll check it out.

  5. #5 Eric D
    January 21, 2008

    I heard about the island of Poveglia when i lived in italy. I’ve had friends go there and said they couldn’t stay on there for more than five minutes. I’ve tried going myself and never could get any of the locals to take me. They would act nervous anytime I would mention about going there. I still would like to go there but only during the day time. If you just type the name up online you can pull up plenty about the islands history.

  6. #6 David Farley
    January 27, 2008

    Not sure how unusual it is to abandon medical equipment and materials you would not think would be abandoned. Here’s a link to some photos of an abandoned hospital in Hyde Park, Chicago, where you can see all kinds of stuff left behind, including x-ray equipment and x-rays still clipped to a lightbox. (Sorry, not nearly as creepy as the brains.)

  7. #7 Mose Szberica
    January 27, 2008

    Of course, the rabbit nose would have been rotted all to hell if it had been left alone more than a couple of days.

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