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Mutter Museum

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Address: 19 South 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone Number: 12155608564
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 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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We went with our kids. My 7 year old enjoyed it (wants to be a dentist so she likes medical stuff) but I had to steer her away from a few spots that I didn't want to explain... read more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went with our kids. My 7 year old enjoyed it (wants to be a dentist so she likes medical stuff) but I had to steer her away from a few spots that I didn't want to explain. The history of this museum is awesome. There is a lot of reading. A lot of wax models. If you really want... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I’ve been wanting to come here for a long time because it has a famed reputation as a very creepy place. I actually wasn’t creeped out as much as I thought I was going to be because most of the displays are actually wax models (old ones that were used to actually teach medical students, but they don’t creep one... More 

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Athens, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very Interesting place and I am glad we visited. It feels like an old museum with collections of specimens. But there are clearly documented stories with most of the exhibits that educate and entertain. It can get crowded, but there is always a another thing to look at while you wait for an area to clear out. It was a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The advertisements for this attraction are right on - it is disturbingly informative. There are a lot of skulls, infants preserved in jars, medical deformities, etc. The huge colon and giant ovarian cysts are highlights. The museum is well organized and staff was friendly and knew what they were talking about. It is a very interesting place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My husband and I wanted to visit this museum to see part of Einstein's brain, we weren't disappointed. I have a sensitive stomach to blood, etc so there were many things I had to view quickly. Everyone in the medical profession should visit this museum that is filled with abnormalities and the history of medicine. A marvelous way to spend... More 

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Benson, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is an amazing collection of human remains. There is so much to see that it's almost overwhelming. It's not for anyone with a weak stomach. I would definitely recommend it though. It's a one of a kind museum.

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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My husband and I were recently in Philadelphia for a medical conference. He wanted to visit the Mutter so we visited on a Friday, mid morning. It was not crowded so we were able to see everything and spend as much time as we wanted reading about all the specimens. Very interesting. Not for young children. We spent about 1.5... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We toured this museum when we visited our daughter in Philladelphia. I was impressed by the variety of unique physical specimins housed in the Mutter, including a slice of Albert Einsteins brain.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I didn't get to the Mutter Museum this time, but I have been there many, many times and love it. It is a museum of medical curiosities, so if you do not like to view the skeletons of Siamese twins or read about the President who had clandestine surgery on a boat on the Potomac, maybe you should go climb... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great display of primarily orthopedic and neurological disorders, with the turn of the century issues related to tuberculosis and other infectious diseases. War related exhibit good but not nearly as detailed as at Walter reed in DC. Spent 2 hours there and could have stayed longer.

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