The Mutter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia delivers one of the most interesting, thought-provoking and unusual museum experiences in the United States. Housed within a beautiful, national historic landmark, the Mutter Museum showcases the evolution of medical practices and the historical significance of techniques and practitioner procedures.
It offers a wildly odd, yet universally intriguing, collection of antique medical devices, wax models, vintage drawings, anatomical and pathological specimens, and human oddities–all respectfully and beautifully preserved and displayed. **No photography is allowed in the main galleries.
Visitors walk through a nineteenth-century, Victorian collection-like setting full of mysterious medical specimens and the history of diagnosis and treatment of human diseases.
Things you do not want to miss during your visit:
The Hyrtl Skull collection offers viewers the opportunity to stand before 139 human skull specimens, all labeled with the individual’s name, origin, age and means of death (if available). It is an interesting and moving experience.
My daughter’s favorite exhibit at the Mutter presents several slides with specimens of Albert Einstein’s brain, which can only be viewed in two places in the entire world–one being the Mutter Museum.
2,374 foreign objects that were removed from human airways by Dr. Chevalier Jackson, an otolaryngologist, are on display in large, pull-out drawers. People swallow weird stuff!
A 360-degree view is available of a life-size cast of the bodies of conjoined twins, Chang and Eng Bunker.
The peaceful Benjamin Rush Medicinal Plant Garden features a beautiful collection of plants, flowers and berries, as well as outdoor seating in a relaxing courtyard.
We visited the Mutter Museum in March of 2018, and found ourselves completely fascinated by the current, but not permanent, exhibit called Woven Strands. This unusual display invites visitors to enter the eccentric world of the art of human hair work, something new and foreign to me and my daughters.
The Mutter Museum’s collection offers visitors a chance to view intimate medical curiosities, while encouraging an understanding of the human experience.
It is certainly one of our favorites.
The Mutter Museum is located at 19 S. 22nd Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103. Fore more information, visit www.muttermuseum.org or call 215-560-8564.
The museum is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
**Save $2 on tickets for visits on Monday and Tuesday, if you buy tickets online in advance.
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