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Mutter Museum

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Address: 19 South 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone Number: 215-563-3737
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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...
This museum, located at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, showcases medical oddities.
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Amazing and Heart-Breaking Collection

I highly recommend visiting the Mutter museum, but that recommendation comes with several caveats. My wife loves the exhibits, but she is very science-minded. The Mutter is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

The Mutter Museum is world-renowned, and for good reason! The permanent collection of historical, medical oddities and specimens is amazing, and there are also rotating collections related to disease and public health. The museum also hosts talks and offers special themed tours. Morbid, to some extent, but thoroughly fascinating!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

I highly recommend visiting the Mutter museum, but that recommendation comes with several caveats. My wife loves the exhibits, but she is very science-minded. The Mutter is, upon first glimpse, a museum of medical oddities. There are rows of skulls, malformed fetuses, and the skeleton of a "giant". Those who enjoy the "gross factor" will be excited about those displays.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

The Mutter's Museum is not for the faint of heart or in my opinion or for children under 12. The museum is full of medical oddities, antique surgical instruments, skeletons, skulls and preserved amputations. I am far from squeamish, but found much of this disturbing. Many examples of conjoined fetuses and even full term babies with rare abnormalities such as... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

I decided to come to the museum after seeing it listed as an attraction on the "off the beaten path" list for philadelphia. I saw the Eastern State Penitentiary over the summer (also on the off the beaten path list) with the audio tour which was amazing. I could have spent hours there, and will likely return one day. At... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 NEW via mobile

We went during spring break week so it was probably more crowded than an average Friday. We spent about 3 hours viewing the exhibits which included drawers full of items removed from peoples' throats, Civil War injuries, and Grimm's fairy tales. A lot of the items were used at one time to educate medical students. Our favorite exhibit was the... More 

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Olathe, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

The Mutter Museum, was a somewhat smaller museum with hundreds of oddities on display. I would recommend taking the time to read and view the displays some of them were so unique it was hard to wrap my mind around what was in front of me. I am not in the medical field or anything just a tourist and I... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

My only complaint is that you're not allowed to take pictures because no one would ever believe all those sights within. One of the few museums I've ever been to where it was worth the admission fee.

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Zionsville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The medical artifacts here are wonderful! I love going to here to learn about the tools that were used many years ago. The skull collection, the soap lady, the conjoined twins. There is so much to learn here!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Speaking from a medical student perspective, I thought this museum was incredibly interesting. Being able to see the tools and medicines that were used to treat people in the 1800's was fascinating. The museum also had interesting cases and displays- most of which I've learned about in medical school but never had a chance to see and some of them... More 

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Melbourne, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Ok, I am a medical person, I guess I expected the museum was more sensationalistic than educational so maybe I approached this visit with the wrong attitude. IT was more like a circus side show which was not what I was looking for. I was hoping for more of the educational aspect rather than the circus side show stuff.

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