The Mutter Museum

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19 South 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA

The Mutter Museum Philadelphia Reviews

jamartin39 jamartin…
113 reviews
The Mutter Museum Jun 27, 2009
I saw this museum on the Travel Channel and put it on my list of places to visit. Unfortunately pictures are not allowed to be taken in the building, but if you want pictures all you have to do is buy a post card in the gift shop. The gift shop itself was a little odd, they had everything from key chains that looked like runny noses to germs a million times their actual size The Mutter museum is not your typical museum. The exhibits here are all medical, everything from conjoined twins to deformed body parts including a 40 pound colon. This is an amazing attraction; I was surprised by the number of people in there actually. If you’re looking for something out of the norm this is one of those places, it’s a quick visit and it’s enjoyable.
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lulusartshack lulusart…
50 reviews
Pickled babies and a 50 pound colon! Jun 30, 2007
Being a nurse, when I heard there was a museum dedicated to mostly to medical abnormalities, I knew it would be a destination in itself. The Mutter Museum is located in the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and truly is a "disturbingly informative" experience. The experience begins with a fairly mild maze through a history of public health. It is not until you reach the set-up of a turn of the century doctor's office that you get the view of the specimens.

Some of the highlights of the top floor include: the "Soap Woman," who's body instead of decomposing turned into soap; the brain of a murderer, case studies of Siamese twins and (my favorite) a wall of about 200 skulls, describing different anatomical features.

The bottom floor is a little more gruesome. A friend came with me (also a nurse), and she was a bit disturbed. There are different skeletons, with various malformations, a 5-foot-long enlarged colon, jars with "pickeled" malformed babies, and drawers filled with objects removed from people's throats.

I found the collection to be fascinating, but it might be disturbing to some (headless babies in jars are a little hard to swallow), and boring for others. I'm not sure how unique this find is, it is definitely different from any museum I have ever been to. At $8 for students ($12 for adults), it made it an easy choice over other Philadelphia museums.

A few tips:

The Museum is inside the College of Physicians, just go through the main entrance and inquire at the desk. If you have a backpack or large bag, you will be asked to leave it at the desk. The tiny gift shop also closes an hour or so before the museum, so if you really want that vertebral column key chain, you need to get it beforehand.
jenmarie77 says:
Very helpful review, thanks! I'm going to try to check it out on my free day while I'm in Philly for a conference.
Posted on: Mar 25, 2012
tkoskip13 says: planning to visit the mutter soon! im excited!
have u ever been to any of the Bodies exhibitions?
Posted on: Feb 13, 2009

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