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“Interesting place, not for the faint of heart”
Review of Mutter Museum

Mutter Museum
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Ranked #26 of 465 things to do in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed January 1, 2013

You can spend a day in this place looking at the medical oddities that is in the collection, much of it preserved in formaldehyde.

Thank Rich R
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

I hesitated between ratings on this one. The collection itself is fascinating. I spent over two hours here, just taking it all in; an impressive amount of time considering the small size of the museum. The exhibit on Presidential assassinations, in particular, was amazing, and was alone worth the price of admission.

I was less enthusiastic about the institution itself. As some others have mentioned, many of the objects are poorly labeled. I enjoyed the cell phone tour very much, but it only existed for a few of the artifacts. Sadly, the museum doesn't seem to employ interpreters or guides - there were no people on the floor who are familiar with the collection and able to answer questions. There were several security guards working, and they tried their best to be helpful, but the experience would have been so much better if there were one or two living people on the floor who were able to answer questions.

I've given this museum full ratings because I really consider it a must see for anyone with an interest in biology, history, or a fascination with the slightly macabre. The collection is unique and outstanding. However, if I were judging on the institution, I would put it closer to a 2 or 3.

1  Thank Fferffee
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

I like the historical aspect of the collection. But with available technology now there can be better specimen to illustrate the diseases. The rooms were small, specimen crowded, during holiday time, hard to see and read them. It was also hot. My son just got too hot and uncomfortable we had to cut out early. The babies in the jars did not help either I don't think. It was fairly expensive too.

Thank midwestwanderlust
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

Unique experience, and fascinating specimens. You need at least an hour to thoroughly explore the displays, and read the captions. The museum is quite small and the exhibits are tightly spaced. The content is not for the light of heart and is macabre.

Thank deschweizify
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Reviewed December 30, 2012

We were impressed with what was shown at the museum. It was done is a very tasteful and in a very scientific way. In addition, it may be overwhelming for children under 12 years of age. Overall very satisfying.

Thank Heather C
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