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Mutter Museum

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Neighbourhood: City Center West
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Address: 19 South 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone Number:
+1 215-560-8564
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

This museum, located at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, is one...

This museum, located at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, is one of the finest medical history museums in America. The Mütter is a 19th century style cabinet museum displaying medical artifacts such as anatomical specimens and medical instruments. Marvel at the beauty and strangeness of the human body. The Mütter is home to many notorious exhibits including Harry Eastlack's skeleton, the Megacolon, the Soap Lady, and the Hyrtl Skull Collection. It's also the only place to have pieces of Einstein's brain on display. Admission to the museum also includes admission to the Thomson Art Gallery, featuring medical-themed art, and the Benjamin Rush Medicinal Plant Garden. A visit to the Mütter is unforgettable...prepare yourself to be disturbingly informed.

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An excellent collection of medical anomalies and historical items. A strong stomach is apparently necessary, as there were reports of someone losing their cookies the previous... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Tulsa, OK
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Tulsa, OK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An excellent collection of medical anomalies and historical items. A strong stomach is apparently necessary, as there were reports of someone losing their cookies the previous day! Must take time to read the placards to truly understand the purpose of each specimen, it took about 2 hours to see it all. The downstairs sector housed the most diverse and interesting... More 

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Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

You will see some of the strangest and real sight in this museum of medical anomalies. You will learn about old diseases and strange medical occurrences, with real life objects and people, donated to the museum for future study.

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Malmesbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our young boys, aged 7 and 12 years old, were fascinated by the exhibits. It really made them think about their bodies and those less fortunate than themselves. I found myself explaining coal-miners lung which was fascinating. Sadly no photography is permitted. It means we have a limited record of this great visit. A small but neat souvenir shop. No... More 

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Orlando, Florida, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was okay, given the collection of medical equipment. Too many skulls, with no real medical diagnoses, except that it came from a region and was donated by someone.

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Really cool little museum that has medical oddities and some great history on medical procedures complete with specimens! It gets REALLY busy on Saturdays between 2-4pm, so you may want to plan accordingly...Worth a stop in if you are in the medical field or- just curious and want to see cool stuff!

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Mutter Museum, containing numerous items of medical / historical interest, may be too graphic for some but does provide in depth examples of the history of medicine and medical oddities. There are fully dissected persons to display the nervous system, giant gall stones and other malformations. Not for the faint of sight, but a treat for those whose interest... More 

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Lincoln Park, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have been to the Mütter Museum in the past but this was the first time bringing our boys (ages 14 & 11). Spent about 3 hours and everyone was fascinated. We didn't necessarily stay together as a group but each of us strolled and meandered around the museum spending extra time at exhibits we were interested in (Civil War musket... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this place was really cool! very interesting artifacts about bodies. anyone working in a health field will likely appreciate it more. no pictures allowed except in like 2 rooms.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Mutter is a famous museum and worth a few minutes. As another TA reviewer mentioned, we too had known about it for years and finally had a chance to stop in. We too were surprised by the replicas, but they did help with understandings. The fetal developmental specimens were spectacular. We didn't think anything would be shocking to anyone... More 

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Auburn, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I absolutely loved the Mutter Museum! I personally am interested in health studies and this is the go- to place! Tons of skull specimens and wax models of different skin disorders. I recommend it for people who are ready to see some gross but awesome things!

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