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Mutter Museum

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Neighbourhood: City Center West
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Address: 19 South 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone Number:
+1 215-560-8564
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

This museum, located at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, is one...

This museum, located at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, is one of the finest medical history museums in America. The Mütter is a 19th century style cabinet museum displaying medical artifacts such as anatomical specimens and medical instruments. Marvel at the beauty and strangeness of the human body. The Mütter is home to many notorious exhibits including Harry Eastlack's skeleton, the Megacolon, the Soap Lady, and the Hyrtl Skull Collection. It's also the only place to have pieces of Einstein's brain on display. Admission to the museum also includes admission to the Thomson Art Gallery, featuring medical-themed art, and the Benjamin Rush Medicinal Plant Garden. A visit to the Mütter is unforgettable...prepare yourself to be disturbingly informed.

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Avoid the weekend

The musuem was unique and worth the visit. I thought it would have been a touch bigger. We went on a sunday at 330 and the place was extremely busy. People pushing their way... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The musuem was unique and worth the visit. I thought it would have been a touch bigger. We went on a sunday at 330 and the place was extremely busy. People pushing their way through to look at something you are trying to see. If I were to go again it would definitely be during the week.

Thank Tony G
Hudson Falls, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I heard many people complaining how "Small" the museum is. It is plenty big enough in my opinion as most of the objects are small and dont need much room. You could spend alot of time hear just observing the pieces and pondering how they came to be here and how things like these can exist. Very interesting Displays.

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Amherst, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Mutter Museum is all about anatomical oddities. A medical museum it's filled with an amazing collection of skulls, variations on deformed bones, and medical maladies across the ages. Where else can you go to see the world's largest ovarian cyst? Or every variation of cancer and it's impact on the skeleton. Not for the faint of heart but very... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

As there are so many pricey items in Philly, get a coupon for everything! With that being said, this is a VERY unusual experience. It has some samples and topics that not most can stomach. If you are inquisitive and want something different, this is for you!

Thank Melissa M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My wife is a medical person and had wanted to visit this museum of medical oddities for some time. We finally made it and it is all it is said to be, full of the macabre and gruesomely fascinating. So if that's your bag, then this is the place to go. For me, well, I sat out in the lobby... More 

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Franklin, Tennessee
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I admit I'm easily put off by jars of body parts but others in our group (mainly Doctors) loved this. The displays are well done and it's certainly unusual!!!

Thank Max-TN
New Jersey
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very disappointed by this collection and the $18 per person cost to view it. So much of what was on display was wax representations instead of actual specimens. We made the mistake of going on a Saturday which is marked at the door as being their busiest day. The security guards are doing nothing to limit the number of people... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in Philly for a long weekend from Pittsburgh and decided on this (our 3rd) trip to the city we would actually take in some sites. The Yelpishness of this place and the morbid curiosity lead us to pay $36 per person to have a look at ghoulish medical specimen. Well, since the arrival of "Bodyworlds" any other museum... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Even with a medical background, I struggled with this museum. There are many interesting aspects, but others are quite disturbing. There is a lot to learn here, but you better not have a weak stomach!

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After reading reviews on this museum I thought it would an awesome place to take my son. We drove 3 hours to get to the museum, paid $31.00 to get it and were there 45 minutes at the very most (that included paying, going to the restroom and visiting the gift shop). Many of the exhibits appeared closed (doors shut... More 

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