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“weird, weird and weird, but go!”
Review of Mutter Museum

Mutter Museum
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Ranked #28 of 437 things to do in Philadelphia
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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.
Israel, Jerusalem
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 237 helpful votes
“weird, weird and weird, but go!”
Reviewed April 11, 2014

A bit of the bitten center of phili and close to 30th st. central station, the Mutter museum is for sure weird. a good weird!
the museum exhibits all kind of medical stories that are or were odd for their time. some still are. it's amazing to see things that people used to day from and today would have been fixed with surgery and other medical knowledge.
I didn't find the exhibition that disgusting, but if you know you're sensitive that way, try just the entrance floor and don't go down to the bottom level where more human parts are shown.
it's not allowed to take pictures inside and you need to deposit your bag so be ready for that.

Visited December 2013
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Melbourne, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Not as impressive as I had hoped”
Reviewed April 10, 2014

I was really intrigued when I found out about this museum and was excited to go. I was a little disappointed at how small it was, especially for the price of admission. The museum is very well kept up, but even besides by being small, some areas had hardly anything in them, while the main two story area you walked in had almost too much in one area. Note that photographs inside are not allowed. I am not in the medical field, but in college, I had been to couple medical schools and seen some stuff just as unique as this place. I was mostly bored at this museum.

Visited March 2014
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Princeton, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“So interesting...”
Reviewed April 9, 2014

This is an interesting museum if you like medical anomalies. They have a good collection of skeletons and skulls, fetus', and medical equipment. There is a Civil War exhibition that was interesting as well.

Visited April 2014
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“Insane in a good way”
Reviewed April 2, 2014 via mobile

If you like oddities and historically significant macabre artifacts - this place is the best in the US to attend. Inspired the Museum of Mystery in St. Augustine by yours truly but no one can touch the dizzying array of unusual items that the Mutter contains. A must see!!

Visited August 2013
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Odd But Interesting”
Reviewed March 31, 2014

So I've seen some of the tv shows about the odd collections in this museum and decided if I was ever in Philadelphia that I'd have to visit the Mutter. Well I made it to Philadelphia and despite the cold rainy day, traffic delays, and a long cab ride from Old City Philadelphia to S. 19th Street, we didn't miss it. it's not a terribly large museum but I will say that I've never seen anything like it and I doubt I ever will. We found ourselves bending over and peering at these oddities and anomalies of the human body - each was odder than the last. This is stuff you don't see in school textbooks that's for sure. Some truly creepy stuff in there, but it makes you really makes you appreciate how lucky you really are in life. It's a unique place and a great experience. The collections deserve a five, but I gave a rating of four stars because it was crowded and was difficult to make your way to the display cases. The museum really should consider organizing the direction of traffic so everyone progresses in the same direction. We visited at the end of March 2014 and spent an hour and a half in the museum before it closed. We saw the majority of the offerings but really could have used more time, so plan accordingly.

Visited March 2014
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