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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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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

This museum, located at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, is...

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've been wanting to come here for years and finally got the chance. The exhibits are great, if a little morbid. I do wish they had it organized so you waked one way around the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Charleston, West Virginia

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have wanted to go for a long time. It was a great experience!! It is not for younger children. You have to have a stomach for some of what you will see. I enjoyed all the exhibits. I wish it was bigger with more exhibits. All in all it was well worth the price of admission. Which isn't expensive.... More 

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Charleston, West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I've been wanting to come here for years and finally got the chance. The exhibits are great, if a little morbid. I do wish they had it organized so you waked one way around the exhibits. It gets a little crowded and people start cutting in and out. Also, the signage could be a little better and more informative as... More 

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Bridgeport, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had alot of displays, wished they would allow you to take pictures, bring a quater for the locker unless they give you one to borrow like they did for me, the garden was closed when I went wished it was open. Parking was hard to find.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We mainly went for the visual aspect of the museum. There are so many interesting yet morbid items to see. The real reason is to study and so if you were going through and reading, you could be there hours and hours. It was very crowded when we were there on Saturday. The way everything is set up is very... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I thought this museum was great. It was a little morbid, and even frightening, but so fascinating!! There are so many specimens and stories and creepy things to look at. I absolutely loved it. I would totally recommend it to anyone interested in medicine, pathology, or just bizarre human conditions.

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Concord, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Not a big place, but has an amazing collection of medical oddities and associated items. Don't bring small children; one four-year-old was screaming "Mommy I wanna go!" probably because she was scared, and it was very distracting. Allow about an hour, or more if you want to go around twice and make sure you don't miss anything. Every time I... More 

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Queens, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're into the gross and medical oddities this museum is for you. From medical instruments from "back in the day" to medical specimens which may gross many it's just fascinating. Each time you want to look away you can't.

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Chesterfield, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was not our destination but a side site visit during a road trip from Virginia to New York. This ivisit to Mutter museum Was both fascinating and disturbing. Displays of freaks of nature or abnormalities include Einstein 's brain, various human skulls, fetuses, and absurd growths amazed us for hours although it is basically a small 2 floor museum... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Mutter has preserved various fascinating specimens that reflect human diseases or deformities. After the initial creepiness of looking at them, you really learn a lot about the evolution of medicine, disease and treatment. The building itself is interesting and it's a trip not soon to be forgotten.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

All kinds of medical oddities shown on two floors. The Civil War exhibit was extremely enlightening (2/3 of the deaths of the soldiers was due to disease, not bullets. Good eats nearby too

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