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Mutter Museum, Philadelphia

(4.2/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web)
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. Use our Philadelphia vacation planner to add Mutter Museum and other attractions to your Philadelphia vacation plans.
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  • After practicing medicine for thirty years, this museum held my attention and fascination, outstanding in every way. I enjoyed the surgical tools and the look back at medicine of yesteryear.  more »
  • This is a museum of medical oddities, like a gigantic colon, Siamese twin foetuses, various bodily deformations, etc. It could gross out the squeamish, but will be fascinating for most. It is world re...  more »
  • Well - you will never see anything like this again! It is PACKED with interesting medical things from civil war photos to fetuses to skulls - all remarked on clearly. There was also an exhibit on Grim...  more »
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  • Visiting this museum was like traveling back in time to when Curiosity cabinets were common. Here you will find floor to ceiling cabinets densely packed with exhibits, documents, and human conditions. Some of the items can be unsettling, but you may find yourself kneeling on the floor to read more about a person and their medical condition. I did find it difficult to read the tiny, tiny print on several displays. And there was a few moments when I couldn't absorb all of the information that two square feet contained. But if you live rummaging and exploring, this will be your very favorite place to hang out! There is a medical basis for this museum, and a depth of information about the human condition. Also make sure you check out the giant colon plushy gift. It's a Mutter exclusive!! Photos and videos are not permitted in the museum.
  • Very cool experience! Awesome atmosphere and very interesting exhibits for anyone interested in medical science. The museum makes you feel like you have stepped back in time into some ones personal collection.
  • A truly incredible place that offers some of the best medical exhibits I have ever seen. Great for medical students to family's wanting a very different and interesting day. The staff is great, knowledgeable, helpful and like to help and go out of their way to be nice. Not a place to run thru, you will spend the better part of a day here with everything they have to offer.
  • SO INTERESTING! Many quality exhibits with some truly macabre offerings. Highly recommend taking a stop here! I saw that there were children here, but personally I think it might be a bit intense for most youngsters :)
  • I can't decide if you should visit the Mutter before or after you eat. I found it both fascinating and gross. You kinda walk out with a fairly disgusted face. Many things you can't unsee. If you're into the medical and the anatomical from normal to the abnormal, this is a great museum for you.