famous last smells

morgue fridge
J.F. Kennedy
Lady Diana
Muammar Gaddafi
Whitney Houston …
What do they have in common? They died weird deaths. Thanks to a group of Dutch researchers, now you can experience them.

The Museum of the Image recently had an unusual installation – Famous Deaths. The exhibit recreates the final moments of a few celebrities whose deaths are equally famous. The exciting, though macabre, exhibit is part of the inter-European SENSE OF SMELL project coordinated by the Communication and Multimedia department at the Dutch university Avans in Breda.

The exhibit invites guests to enter a steel case like the refrigerated compartments for corpses at a morgue. Inside the case distinctive smells and sounds that evoke the precise place and circumstances of each famous death.

Check out this trailer that was made to launch the project:

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