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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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Phone: (215) 560-8564

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Exhibitions Permanent/Past/Upcoming, Online Exhibitions, Special Exhibitions, Collections: Wet Specimens, Osteological (Skeletal) Specimens, Dried Specimens, Corrosions, Lithics, Historical Medical Photographs, Museum Education, Outreach, Out-of-Schooltime Programs, TEVA Pharmaceuticals summer internships, Civil War Lesson Plans, Events.
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master card, visa
Location
From the North: Take I-95S to I-676W. Take the Benjamin Franklin Parkway exit. Turn right on 22nd Street and right on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Turn right on N. 21st St. Turn right on Sansom St. Turn right onto S. 22nd St. The Museum is 1.5 blocks ahead on the right. From the West: Take I-76E to Philadelphia. Take exit 344 on to the left to I-676E. Take the 23rd St. exit and turn right onto N. 23rd St. Turn left on Chestnut St. Turn left on 22nd St. The Museum is on the right.
Neighborhoods
Center City, Center City West
Categories
Museums, Places Of Interest, Tourist Information & Attractions

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09/19/2006

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Wacky Place : )

It's great to see freaks like me here. I'm going to donate my unusually large head to science here when I die for all to see. Cool place.

08/03/2006

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Great museum

I am a surgical nurse, and while in Philly, I just had to go to the Mutter Museum. I found it interesting, although, I am sure it is more interesting to someone who has never had the opportunity to see different body parts. Great place, though, and very educational. But, you really need to get some new body parts. Believe me, fellows, there are plenty of gallbladders and appendix to replace the really old ones in your displays.

08/03/2006

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Mutter Museum

A little known treasure. Fascinating in a bizarre way. Even tho children under 6 are admitted free, DO NOT TAKE THEM. Much as I like this place, I don't think I would take anybody under 13 - and only then, a teen with an interest in science and/or medicine. If you have those interests you will learn a great deal.

09/14/2003

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mutter museum

the mutter museum is an amazing place to visit ifyou are fasinated bythe darker things in life , not easily grossed out and/or are open minded . this museum has a lot to offer numerous oddities and other highly educational stuff . i have found that many people who have no typically been interested in this kind of medical oddity have still managed to highly enjoy their visit

11/21/2002

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Enthralling

Great place to spend a rainy afternoon, especially for a science fan. So many interesting things to see that you never thought could happen to a human body. Check it out!

11/02/2002

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tooo strange for words

for the average minded normal person this museum is gross. to someone involved in the medical field its a trip back in time, a teaching tool and visual discription of the unimagionable abnormalities that they may never see or experience. to see how far science and medicine have come in such a relatively short time is to say the lest amazing. the tools that were once considered state of the art. look barbaric. and yet some are basically the same. a student of medicine or just the curious can examine the medical tools used just a few decades before them and marvel at how far things have come or have they.

10/31/2002

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Harry IS Great!

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I am aPatient/friend of Dr Fred KaplanatHUP & amlookingforwardto visit this ,museum. As yet Ihaven't been, butknow Soooo Much about Itsure FeelsLile I have!

08/01/2002

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Greetings from the Soap Lady

Dont plan on eating right before or after a visit. Keeping that little caveat in mind, this is by far the most unusual museum Ive ever visited. It satisfies all your curiosities about disease, deformities, and human oddities (ie. The lady who turned to soap). Go ahead and stare all you wanttheres a giant colon, embryos in jars and hundreds of skulls. Unless you can totally detach yourself, much of the collection is just plain creepy but in an incredibly interesting way. The two floors are set up nicely with plenty of literature and informative plaques along the way. Dont forget to stop by the gift counternothing says I love you like a copy of the annual Mutter calendar!

07/31/2002

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Oddities and Novelties from Wall to Wall

This museum offers an exciting and eye-opening alternative to the traditional Independence Hall tourist attractions. Not for the faint of heart, this facility not only features a wall of skulls and novelties of Siamese twins, but also original medical and diagnostic tools. The exhibit of diseases of the eyes is startling and eye-popping. The section on infectious diseases, from Legionnaire's disease in Philadelphia to the mass eradication of smallpox is informative, with pictures and displays of infected individuals. For a truly unique museum experience about which you will want to tell all of your friends, give this museum a try!

07/24/2002

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Morbid AND Fascinating

Medical oddities and history and interesting facts - kind of like a car accident - you don't want to look but you can't take your eyes away. And it's all true!

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