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“Science + Macabre = Awesome” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mutter Museum

Mutter Museum
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$30.00*
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Double-Decker Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour of Philadelphia
Ranked #28 of 433 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.
Hagerstown, Maryland
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“Science + Macabre = Awesome”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2013

As the title of the review suggests, if you're into science and the macabre, this museum is definitely for you. I had never been to a museum like the Mutter before and I'll remember it always. It has one of a kind exhibits including a collection of human skulls, early surgical tools, and a mummified human.

Visited January 2013
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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“Interesting Displays, Bad Lighting”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2013

One of the other reviewers called this museum "quirky"--a description with which I wholeheartedly agree. I really enjoyed the macabre subject matter (including the effects of disease and injuries to the body), but the lighting was dim or malfunctioning in several of the displays. The place was also packed, which is good for the museum, but bad for people struggling with the lighting issue. I won't go back, but I am glad to have made this a one-time visit.

Visited December 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Hidden gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

This is a little museum off the beaten path. We visited here per request of our teenager girl. It is simply fascinating. It is very unique and does require a strong heart and stomach to read through. So it is not a museum for everyone. Come if you are interested on medical type of science.

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“A let down for us!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

Came to the Mutter as part of a trip to Philadelphia. It does have some cool stuff to see. However, the $15 price tag is steep for what they offer- which is about 3 rooms of display cases.

The biggest disappointment was the crowds. In most cases people were stacked 3-deep trying to look at cases. The flow was horrible and really prevented many people from seeing anything. When you do finally get to the front of a display, you feel rushed to respect the people waiting.

I was there on a weekday afternoon in dead of winter. Not sure when it would be less busy, but it is probably worth a visit if you can avoid the crowds.

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East Earl, Pennsylvania
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“Quirky little museum, very interesting medical oddities.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2013

Let me start off by saying this place is not for the squeamish. If you don't like seeing various body parts and things preserved in jars...don't go in. However, if you find things of this nature fascinating then you'll find no better museum. The parking is not that great so you'd be better of parking in a nearby lot and taking a short walk to the museum( its not far from center city). It is a very small museum, but they do cram a lot of exhibits into the space and they are historic. This is probably not a museum you could spend a whole day at so if you combine it with a few other sights to see(and there are plenty in Philly) it makes for a good day trip.

Visited April 2013
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