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Mutter Museum

19 S 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-3001
+1 215-560-8564
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
19 S 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-3001
City Center West
+1 215-560-8564
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Reviewed October 21, 2015

I wasn't sure how I would feel about this museum, but it was morbidly fascinating. The museum showcases items of a medical nature throughout. There is an impressive skull collection, and tells you where the person was from, and how they died. They had many...More

Thank Wanda K
Reviewed October 21, 2015

As I have been going to the Museum for many years it never ceases to impress. Although I did miss some of the attractions like where plagues are in the world today - the new soap lady exhibit was impressive. I loved all the interactive...More

Thank Jennifer K
Reviewed October 19, 2015

Kind of interesting in a really odd way. Make sure you understand what this museum is. It is about medical oddities but worth the visit.

Thank Mike H
Reviewed October 16, 2015

This is an incredibly interesting medical museum. Before you visit if you have the chance read the books "Dr. Mutter's Marvels." It gives background information on many of the exhibits. There is much to see but the time goes quickly. They are well done displays...More

Thank drsoozie
Reviewed October 15, 2015

A small gem hidden in downtown Philly. Despite its size there is so much to see within this museum. Exhibits from all over the world - ranging from ancient Egyptian skulls to slices of Einstein's brain. Not your normal museum , but one which displays...More

Thank Bluebelter
Reviewed October 14, 2015

This museum isn't for the sqeamish, but anyone interested in science or history should check it out. From medical specimens to presidential body parts, it's impossible not to learn something in a fun way here.

Thank Joanne T
Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

When my husband added this on our itinerary when we went to Philadelphia, I was skeptical. After visiting the museum, I've got to say that I was very impressed. There are hundreds of objects, specimens and literature to go through, easily providing hours of fun...More

Thank Alicia S
Reviewed October 14, 2015

Went with some friends expecting a freak show. Not at all. Collected by a doctor to share with students some fascinating medical oddities and mysteries AND excellent examples of what munitions can do to the human body, and bones.

Thank kenmac1
Reviewed October 14, 2015

I cannot remember the month I visited however, this is the place to go to see some of the developmental issues related to being human. If you are weak of stomach don't go. I find this museum vey interesting. Skulls, mummy, lots of preserved human...More

Thank LMCRN56
Reviewed October 14, 2015

An interesting group of medical oddities and anatomical displays. Had a little trouble finding parking but it was a nice walk in a nice area of Philadelphia. Near the Eastern State Penitentiary.

Thank Coupleforfun
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Response from Laura P | Reviewed this property |
I always use either trip advisor or yelp to find suggestions on restaurants whever I go. Unfortunately, I don't remember visiting any while I was there
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November 7, 2016|
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Response from MutterMuseum | Property representative |
Photography is not allowed in the main museum galleries due to the sensitive nature of the collection. Visitors may take photos in the main lobby (there is a 'selfie station') plus the art gallery and the medicinal garden.
May 25, 2016|
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Response from lnwyd | Reviewed this property |
1- to 2 hours is probably fine. Although the museum is small it is very reading intensive. How engaging different exhibits are will depend on the visitor. I would also suggest bringing a magnifying glass with you. It can... More