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“Philadelphia's Mutter Museum”
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Mutter Museum
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US$32.00*
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City Sightseeing Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #26 of 463 things to do in Philadelphia
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 5 June 2014

If you are looking for something a bit our of the norm, look no further than the Mutter Museum. Their slogan is "Disturbingly Informative" and they are correct. The museum is filled with skulls, tumored organs, and many other odd and disturbingly fascinating medical specimens. There is a case full of items that the doctor had removed from choking victims throats including buttons, jewelry, toys, bones and even safety pins. There are preserved deformed fetuses and organs with all sorts of things wrong with them: cancer, punctures, etc. You are not allowed to take any pictures, but the gift shop is fairly well stocked. Also, you can even adopt a skull so that the museum can continue to preserve the skulls. My only negative is that I wish there had been more to see (though there is plenty, I just wasn't ready for it to end.

3  Thank ShannaR3
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

If you want to see skulls, deformities, skeletons, this is the place for you; disappointed that there weren't more of the medical instruments used in decades and centuries past.

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Reviewed 29 May 2014

The Mutter Museum is an amazing collection of medical oddities and historical pathology first established in 1863. Specimens are beautifully displayed and housed in the lovely historic property of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. It's a bit of a hike from the downtown, but, easily accessible by bus, and worth the trip.

2  Thank Jslp1
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Philadelphia is a mecca for the tourist. Its fine art museums, zoo, historical sites, fabulous restaurants, world's best orchestra, and many other attractions are a huge draw. Not as well-known, but definitely worth a visit, is the Mutter Museum.

It and the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington, DC, are the two best museums of their kind in the country. While exploring the evolution of medicine and surgery, you can see medical oddities, historical exhibits, surgical instruments, and incredible displays of the human body.

For those of all ages who are interested in expanding their knowledge of our species, this is a must-see!

Thank Joe R
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Our niece's wedding was at this museum - a stunningly beautiful building. The courtyard was perfect, and the gallery was light and open. During the cocktail hour, we walked through the museum, which was very interesting (and more than a little creepy). However, it was the perfect setting for the wedding of a soon-to-be doctor.

Thank Christie L
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