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Mutter Museum

19 South 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (City Center West)
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Ranked #34 of 281 attractions in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Science Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: This museum, located at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, showcases medical oddities.
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65 reviews 65 reviews
12 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We had numerous people tell us that we really needed to visit this museum while we were in Philadelphia. I rated it "very good" because I did appreciate the work that went into the arrangements, the maintenance, etc. The building is small and packed with both exhibits and people. I just don't think this museum will be enjoyed by everyone.... More

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Cheyenne, WY
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is not a museum for the typical traveler. It is wonderful if you are curious about the human body, diseases, and oddities. My husband really wanted to see it so we went and it did not disappoint. If you want to see what a brain looks like with a tumor, it is there. If you want to see a... More

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West Lafayette, Indiana, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This was a hard place to review. It is packed with human medical specimens, but when we visited it was also packed with people. The museum doesn't do a great job of providing information about the exhibits, leaving the observer stunned by the sight of the specimen, but not able to learn about the condition/disease. There were no tours offered,... More

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Barrie, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Though you can't bring a camera here, prepare your mind. Some crazy things that you won't forget. I'll never forget the bisected brain that they had on display. Seriously crazy stuff.

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Highland, Indiana
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I've always loved medical oddities and watched a surgery channel as a teen, so this museum was right up my alley. It's full of interesting medical rarities that you've heard and not heard of. The items on display could be a bit gruesome for some people, and it's not a place I'd take my child. You aren't allowed to take... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We wanted to see something different. The Mutter Museum delivered. Not sure if this is a good stop for the whole family though, as the babies in jars and diseased body parts could give some people nightmares. My group found it all fascinating.

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Hamilton, NJ
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300 helpful votes 300 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Depending on your likes and dislikes, and on how much time do you have visiting Philadelphia, the Mutter Museum may not be your first choice, that is after Barnes Foundation, Museum of Fine Arts, or Rodin Museum. Having said that, the Mutter Museum is quite different, and presents an interesting and rather unique collection of medical oddities, such as conjoined... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I highly recommend anyone who is interested in medicine or anatomy and physiology to visit the museum. I found the museum very interesting and informative. The Mutter Museum is named after the doctor who owned the collection of specimens and medical artifacts that are displayed at the museum. It's an impressive collection that spans two story. The collection is truly... More

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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35 reviews 35 reviews
21 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Here you can see the many unusual medical specimens that have been collected to try to better understand strange and rare conditions. The small museum consists mostly of preserved body parts, but also has some historic medical equipment. Yes, that means you will be looking at corpses, preserved body parts, bones, and disturbing old medical treatments that today would be... More

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Los Angeles, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

As others describe the small 2 floor museum is crammed with diseased and unusual medical specimens. Some of us found the exhibits fascinating, while others could only view from afar, and others never made it to the other floor.

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