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Mutter Museum, Philadelphia

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#2 of 15 in Childrens Museums in Pennsylvania
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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  • ... and we might as well accept that! Amazing look at the many forms that life and the afterlife can take. Don’t take pictures- the guards will catch you and embarrass you in the quiet museum! (Glad I...  more »
  • First off, I totally loved this museum. I would definitely go back the next time I'm in Philadelphia. There's even a coat closet to hang up your jackets, and considering we visited when it was in the ...  more »
  • Well, I haven't visited in awhile, but what I remember is that this museum is for those fascinated by more primitive medical methods, and out of the ordinary diseases.  more »
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  • Absolutely a MUST visit if your in Philly! I went to a lot of historic sites and museums on my trip and this was BY FAR the GREATEST stop of the week. Very cool exhibit. It may not be for the faint at heart but if you can stomach enough to appreciate the history and the sheer intrigue of this museum you won't be disappointed. There is no place like this place! Just do it!!
  • The Mütter Museum is an amazing place! For those interested in medical science and history, there is a wonderfully thorough and dizzying array of tools, anomalies/abnormalities, and similar things. On occasion, I thought there were a few too many "replicas" in some displays (rather than actual human tissue), and some have many of the same kind of item rather than a variety of different types, but all in all it's an awesome museum that could be your only opportunity to see such things. Really neat! I wouldn't recommend it for young kids or the faint of heart, though. You will probably spend 1-1.5 hours if you carefully look at everything; it's not a large museum, but it is high-quality and offers a unique experience.
  • Very interesting and informative museum! Truly a must-visit place for those interested in medical curiosities and/or the macabre. Don't let some of the review complaints in regards to nothing being labeled fool you however. There are tons of clearly legible labels for all the items on display, with plenty of information to keep you reading and browsing for hours. Do plan on spending at least two hours, and also anticipate a crowd, especially around the holidays. The place can get a bit cramped but is easily manageable with kind regard to courtesy. Audio tours via cell phones are available for specific collection pieces, which helps when a group of people are in the way of you being able to read all the information cards in the case. These are done through calling a phone number which is displayed on a sign, and then entering in the item code shown in the case for the artifact in question. Do be mindful of how you use your phones however, as the staff will ask those who are blatantly taking pictures of the exhibits to leave, as per their policy. One last side comment, but if considering on bringing children, the older they are, the better of a time they may likely have. Things displayed are not censored, and quite a few artifacts may open a floodgate of questions. I overheard quite a few comments of disgust, sadness, or boredom from the younger ones. Certainly you know your child best, but it's good to be prepared! Happy browsing!
  • They don't allow photographs of the exhibits which I understand. It's a must see if you've read the book about this place. I imagine if you're a tiny bit squeamish you might have some serious difficulties here. They certainly have all manner of body parts in jars petrified and otherwise mummified. They do have reasonable facilities and the bathrooms are pretty clean. I wish that the gift shop was more unique and extensive. But they do have some fun things.
  • If you have an appetite for the macabre, you won't regret the visit. There's a lot packed into each exhibit. The wall of skulls and civil war medicine sections were amazing. The museum featured many historical medical pieces from famous and unique ailments, such as giant tumors and skeletons. There's also a really cool gift shop with posters and books. If you are in Philly and want to see something one of a kind, don't miss out.

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