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Mutter Museum

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Address: 19 S 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-3001
Phone Number: 12155608564
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Went to a different museum in philly. Off beaten path but still worth it. Didn't know what to expect. If your into the human body or medical stuff, right up your alley. Would say... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Went to a different museum in philly. Off beaten path but still worth it. Didn't know what to expect. If your into the human body or medical stuff, right up your alley. Would say it's a hybrid between Ripleys and Franklin institute but a lot smaller.

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Dexter, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

An afternoon at the Mutter is a perfect destination for the scientifically inclined or morbidly curious. There's a lot to look at and learn about among this collection of skulls, bones, deformed fetuses, preserved organs and early examples of normal medical specimens. Not for the squeamish or incurious. It's an amazing collection displayed in an old fashioned manner that takes... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Want something different? Visit this museum- it has a wide variety of medical/anatomical/jars with icky stuff in formaldehyde exhibits, many with high "yuck" factors. BUT it also has very interesting historical exhibits- my favorites were those items designed and fabricated for the education of medical students in olden times- really fascinating.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This museum is not for everyone but we found it to be very interesting and fascinating. So much medical history! It can be a bit crowded at times so be patient. I would highly recommend this place.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This has a great collection, however...personally...I could only stomach so many of the exhibits. The gardens were great, I enjoyed that space very much and make sure to grab a conjoined twin cookie cutter in the gift shop.

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Westampton, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I've had the opportunity to take high school students here. They enjoyed the museum and the additional lesson.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

You will be amazed, amused, shocked, and enthralled by the wide array of weird and wonderful exhibits. Fun for all ages.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

You cannot take photos of this exhibits in the Mutter as most of it is human remains in one form or another. It is very different from other places. Most interesting and sometimes a little bit disconcerting if you're a queezy type. They have babies with defects in jars and skeletons of all sort.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

What a great collection. Be warned that it's not for the squeamish and can be hard to navigate to see exhibits when it's crowded. Try to get there early as it seems to get busy by 1:00. My only complaint... Some exhibits were poorly lit and made it hard to see/read the items inside. Definitely worth the visit if you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you have a weak stomach this may not be for you. But if you are fascinated with the unusual ...wow. This was on the list as a must see and I'm so glad we made the effort. It is a little challenging to find but so worth it.

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