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Mutter Museum
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Ranked #28 of 462 things to do in Philadelphia
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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 July 17, 2013

I've been to the Mutter three times now over the years, and it is always a fun, fascinating, and slightly stomach churning adventure into medical history, and the history of semi-science. They have a huge array of preserved specimens from human bodies, mostly abnormalities or maladies, and mostly from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Just seeing how these things were preserved back then, in their thick and irregularly hand-blown glass jars is fantastic, not to mention the actual specimens.

But what many people don't mention about this place, which almost holds as much charm, is the semi-science and old fashioned curation that makes the museum feel like a natural history museum from 1900, combined with a traveling curio show, combined with an eccentric millionaire's personal collection of oddities. The skeletons of the conjoined twin fetuses are my favorites.

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Reviewed July 11, 2013

My wife's a nurse and has been wanting to see this collection of medical oddities for some time. Along with the collections of skulls, exposed body parts, and deformed and diseased organs, there are short stories of where they came from and how medical science has been advanced by them. As an added bonus it's housed in a nice historic building.
The museum is interesting enough for the average visitor, but really fascinating for anyone interested in medicine and human anatomy. If you're a student considering such a field then this would be a great place to visit. I would not bring a young child though, unless you want to risk nightmares. My wife's only complaint was that a number of items were models rather than the real/original item. We took our time and saw everything in about 90 minutes.

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Reviewed July 8, 2013

We read this was a pretty small spot so we didn't expect to be there so long! It's just packed with so many interesting pathology specimens t's mind boggling!
I wouldn't say this place is for everybody but we found it very interesting!!!

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Reviewed July 8, 2013

I could have stayed for the entire day. If you are fascinated by the human body, history of medicine or even curious about oddities in anatomy, this is a must. If you have ever wanted to own an e-coli stuffed animal, then check out the gift shop for some novelty items as well as some great reading materials. If you are squeamish (can't stand the sight of malformed fetuses, colons that weigh in at 100+lbs or gallstones that could serve as croquet balls) or have young, less mature children, then this may not be for you. But for everyone else, DON'T MISS THIS. You won't be disappointed.

1  Thank Jessica T
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

I have gone to this museum many times and have always found it to be very educational and always interesting. However, the only complaint I have would be the strange smell I noticed on my last visit. Not sure what it was but it was kind of like dead fish. It was strongest near the doors that are for staff only. Thinking someone forgot to take out the trash or is just scaling fish at their desk. Either way, great museum other than the weird odor.

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