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Mutter Museum, Philadelphia

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Founded in 1858, Mutter Museum displays an array of medical equipment, biological samples, models, diagrams, and bizarre preserved specimens. The museum itself is a section of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and includes preserved abnormal human organs, bones, and wax molds, intended to display the mystery and complexity of the human body. While many exhibits are strange and are presented as if in a Victorian-era museum, they also provide a great deal of information on the progression of medical technology. Be aware that this museum may not be suitable for the faint of heart or those easily disturbed. Plan to visit Mutter Museum during your Philadelphia vacation using our convenient Philadelphia route planning site.
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  • What an excellent museum. It is full of facinating collections, and long may it last as other museums are forced to hide collections because of woke considerations There was also a great exhition... 
    What an excellent museum. It is full of facinating collections, and long may it last as other museums are forced to hide collections because of woke considerations There was also a great exhition...  more »
  • Have always wanted to visit and heard a lot about it. Was not quite what I expected. It has, unfortunately, to me, a bit of the circus freak show element to it. The displays were hard to read because....  more
    Have always wanted to visit and heard a lot about it. Was not quite what I expected. It has, unfortunately, to me, a bit of the circus freak show element to it. The displays were hard to read because....  more »
  • My preteen chose visiting the Mutter museum as one of the things we did on a recent Philly visit. As soon as we walked in, they regretted that choice. That said, this is not for anyone who is... 
    My preteen chose visiting the Mutter museum as one of the things we did on a recent Philly visit. As soon as we walked in, they regretted that choice. That said, this is not for anyone who is...  more »
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  • Hadn’t been here in years, so took a client here that loves forensic sciences, and this was a hit! It’s even more amazing than I remembered and the gift shop is reasonably priced. Spent a few hours here, and will definitely return. The pandemic exhibition was very informative and intriguing. I never knew about the garden outside. Beautiful outing.
  • A truly unforgettable experience. I've been twice 20 years apart and each time was different but many of the exhibits are the same so there was so much nostalgia. Even someone who doesn't care much about anatomy or medical anomalies would recognize so many specimens because of their fame and history. I wore my Chang and Eng shirt so often until it fell apart. The small garden is beautiful and a peaceful respite from the city and some of the more gruesome displays. They continue to expand and innovate. Nothing tacky about this place like some kind of Ripley's. It has class and the remains are displayed with reverence and are shown to teach and astound. Can't wait to go back. The gift shop is amazing.
  • This museum is one of our must-visit destinations when we introduce out-of-town guests to what's incomparable about Philadelphia. We appreciate their historic, respectful treatment of the medical phenomena in the display rooms where no photos are allowed. Their changing exhibits are well-done, especially enjoyed the 19th century hair artwork. For the squeamish like me, do visit their medicinal herb garden and courtyard for a respite.
  • an incredible experience. wow wow. a must visit if you are into the unusual. once you are in the museum you are unable to take pictures, these pictures were taken in the rooms outside of the museum. it took us about an hour to go through. there is a little gift shop to view afterwards with a lot of cute things. highly recommend!
  • Such a fascinating place! I spent about 2 hours examining each specimen and reading their appropriate plaque, pondering my own morality, and then wandering around the conflictingly bright and lively garden that is sandwiched between the museum and a cathedral. This museum is not gimmicky at all, in fact very tasteful and academic. If you think seeing a jarred fetus will make you uncomfortable, you may want to sit this out. I, on the other hand, had a lovely time. $20 admission. Whether you're a tourist in Philly, or you live in the area and just want something to occupy your morning/afternoon (aka: Me), I recommend it. Photos only allowed in the garden and lobby.

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