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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