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Mutter Museum, Philadelphia

Science Museum · Hidden Gem · Specialty Museum
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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  • Nice educational trip w previous live specimens to observe. Didn’t like I couldn’t take pics but nonetheless still worth it.  more »
  • I am in the medical field so I found this museum very interesting. My friend, I think, was a little creeped out though. I am really fascinated to see how disease I see and hear about effect the human....  more »
  • I have been wanting to visit the Mutter Museum since reading about it in an unusual museum book. Even though it is relatively small, it contains quite an array of interesting material. This museum...  more »
  • Many natural science and biological wonders here both great and small. Obscure yet intriguing, some may find grotesque, others fascinating, yet truly interesting, especially if you are a dental/premed student, or even someone who just genuinely appreciates museums and learning. It is a small place, but don't let it fool you, it can keep you busy for a few hours easily. Lots of really cool and educational information all over the place! Several years ago this was actually this was our first date spot 🥰😍❤(my spouse and I). Been back many times ever since.
  • The Mütter Museum is truly a one of a kind experience that every individual should make time to experience in their lifetime. It is by far one of the most fascinating Museum's out there, and they host countless fun and exciting events throughout the year. So, if like me, you find yourself constantly updating your own post Pandemic To-do list with interesting and exciting places you want to visit, be sure to include the Mütter somewhere near the top.
  • Great time here! Lots to read so bring your glasses. Amazing displays! Not gong to give away to much just go for a fun time believe me!
  • A very unique museum. While the presentation of the permanent collections is not especially impressive as far as telling a story, there clearly are stories. The special exhibit Spit is Death is both exceptionally timely and very well done. It does a great job of telling the story! The items on display are backed up by the great text and hands on items.
  • Great museum with "artifacts" from the 1800s. Current exhibit discusses the 1918 Spanish Flu, very fitting given the current times of Covid. Exhibits are pretty packed together, be prepared to do a fair amount of reading. Spent about 3 hrs here when we went, definitely depends if you're a slow reader or a faster reader, and whether or not you wanted to read each part. no photos once you enter the gallery. While they let kids in, they have to be very comfortable with the human body!

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