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Mutter Museum
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Ranked #28 of 457 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 19 June 2014

Love this place. My family goes here everytime we are visiting Philly. They change the displays so if you havent been in awhile, you need to check back. It is a museum of medical oddities. Very educational, fun, fun, fun for all ages!

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Reviewed 18 June 2014

So cool, the kids loved seeing all the different specimens and oddities. Lots of skulls and different anomalies. My one son was disturbed by the babies in a jar and couldn't understand why they'd use real human fetuses instead of photos. I found it very informative. There were many student physicians touring when we were there frantically taking notes. We were just amazed by how many items they'd fit into one space! Worth the trip.

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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.

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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.

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