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Mutter Museum

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Address: 19 South 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone Number: 12155608564
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Description: 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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I went up last weekend with my college age nephew to see this. It's well organized and presented some interesting human oddities that I had never been aware of. The human body... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I went up last weekend with my college age nephew to see this. It's well organized and presented some interesting human oddities that I had never been aware of. The human body is so complex! It was easy to get to and parking was close by. The "no photo" policy was a bit of a bummer - but understandable. Plan... More 

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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This museum started in 1863 housing the collection of medical oddities and equipment of Dr. Thomas Mutter who taught in Philadelphia in the early 1800s. His collection was used for education and research. The museum moved to this magnificent building in 1908. It is located on 22nd street just south of Market Street. Other collections have been added over the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Other reviews suggested it would take about 1.5 to 2 hours, which it did for me atleast. I went with my aunt and two teenage cousins. They wized right through it just looking at the weird objects and babies in jars. But for someone who is interested in the medical abnormalities, take the time to read out the info cards... More 

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Hamilton, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This little museum is jam packed with oddities and curiosities! From a slice of Einstein's brain to a cabinet full of items that were removed from peoples throats! Craziness abounds. Enjoy your bizarre time!

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

My father first brought me here when I was a young teenager. It is certainly packed with the unusual and morbid. Medical models of the l3sions caused by syphilis, a chest of unusual consumed items. The collection contains skeletons affected by rickets and scurvey, dwarfism and gigantism. It is dedicated to medicine and is not intended to be a circus... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This was amazing. If you have qualms about body parts and death, it might not be for you, but if you have an interest in human anatomy and medicine, this is something you should not miss. We spend several hours here, and were glad it was at the top of our list. The space is crowded and tight, but we... More 

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Albany, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This museum is interesting in its historical and medical factors. Not for the squeamish (which I am not), as there are several jarred specimens of amputated body parts, skulls, malformed and aborted fetuses, and wax representations of various bodily conditions. It was interesting to a degree, but only for about an hour. My favorite part was probably the civil war... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

I think I would have enjoyed this museum much more if I could have quietly read the information, viewed the specimens and considered the disease processes. But on the hot afternoon I visited, the place was chock full of noisy visitors moving rapidly around the galleries and quite a few young children (what were their parents thinking to expose them... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This museum is filled with dead bodies and body parts. It's creepy and interesting all at the same time. Not for the squeamish - so if the thought of ovarian cysts in jars or being stared blankly at by rows of skulls does not appeal to you it might be best to skip this museum. If you are into the... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Very interesting exhibits, lots of information, not for weak stomachs, not handicap friendly, $18 to park for 1 hour.

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