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The Mütter Museum is a medical museum located in the Center City area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It contains a collection of anatomical and pathological specimens, wax models, and antique medical equipment. The museum is part of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. The original purpose of the collection, donated by Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter in 1858, was for biomedical research and education.
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Mutter Museum is an odd but fun place for all ages. The museum collection consist of many usual and not so common medical related conditions. You want to see the one and only world largest colon? You're not going to be disappointed. The museum is popular around Halloween season. Also, nice venue for holding group events such as wedding.
The museum boasts a vast array of medical Oddities, and interesting features in the museum. The pieces are well worth seeing. Quite honestly, you could spend hours in this Museum, reviewing everything. Unfortunately though, parking in Philadelphia is quite expensive. Moreover, it is slightly overpriced, especially seeing you can't take pictures! (That's why I didn't upload any photos). Not to mention, from a wheelchair access point, it is atrocious and downright the demeaning! You must buzz-in from a back door, taking elevator to each floor all the while being escorted by security.
Absolutely a MUST visit if your in Philly! I went to a lot of historic sites and museums on my trip and this was BY FAR the GREATEST stop of the week. Very cool exhibit. It may not be for the faint at heart but if you can stomach enough to appreciate the history and the sheer intrigue of this museum you won't be disappointed. There is no place like this place! Just do it!!
The Mütter Museum is an amazing place! For those interested in medical science and history, there is a wonderfully thorough and dizzying array of tools, anomalies/abnormalities, and similar things. On occasion, I thought there were a few too many "replicas" in some displays (rather than actual human tissue), and some have many of the same kind of item rather than a variety of different types, but all in all it's an awesome museum that could be your only opportunity to see such things. Really neat! I wouldn't recommend it for young kids or the faint of heart, though. You will probably spend 1-1.5 hours if you carefully look at everything; it's not a large museum, but it is high-quality and offers a unique experience.
Amazing place but beware their high traffic times. We went midday Saturday and it was so packed you could not move. I spent 2+ hours here and I would say I only saw half the items there were to see and read. 4 stars for content, 1 star for managing ticket sales during peak times. They will sell as many tickets as they can to make money. Great for them, bad for you.
This place is mind blowing and if you're into medical science and cool stuff, I definitely recommend this place for you to visit. I think when you get there they don't allow you to bring bags inside the exhibit, but they have some interesting and amazing exhibit along the hallway. And just reading and looking at those displays, it looked like you went back in time. Wonderful and very educational experience specially if you visit the place with your family and kids. Worth every minute of my time.
A really fun museum for adults and even kids. They had some interesting interactive pieces, and I could have stayed reading about different skulls for hours. All their pieces are visually intriguing with great detail put into their explanation and their special exhibits are really well put together. When I come back I'm definitely going to make time for place again!
Really cool, weird place. They also host some pretty fun events in the space. Check it out if you’re into the strange and unusual and/or medical oddities. Definitely not for the faint of heart!
Asked to leave because security felt my 65 year old mother’s purse looked like a backpack and she was not comfortable locking it up since it had her wallet and medication in it. (A hobo style purse that can be slung over your shoulder like a backpack if desired or across your chest and by your side, which is how she was wearing it). Overall very rude staff that insisted the rules be followed regardless of common sense and decency. So unless you go with your smallest possible purse, I would not recommend. Most of the stuff here can be found on google anyway.
Great place to take high school students so they can make decisions about being medical students in the future. My toddler even loved it but she is a little genius in the making. She will be entering medical school after visit to this place! She's totally fascinated! Awesome weekend fun for the whole family you learn a lot there, they even have Abraham Lincoln's dentures!awesome place
This is a really fascinating facility, and a hallmark of visiting Philly. Very few museums have the human body on display and even fewer have "wet" exhibits, meaning organs or body parts preserved in liquid suspensions. Their special exhibits are also very cool; when I went it was Victorian hair art, which I didn't know was a thing, and I'm a Victorian specialist. Try to go with a tour guide in addition to checking it out yourself-- they know great stories and really help bring the exhibits to their full impact for you .
Really great. Spent 3 hours there and could have spent more. If you're in the area, I highly like it, even if you aren't interested in science. I would like to go back. My only complaint is that it's very small and full of people a d difficult to maneuver through. The huge crowd makes it difficult to be able to see everything.
Super macabre.They currently have a display of hair memorial art. Creepy!! Their wall of skulls is amazing the display card identifies the person, the year of death, the age, and how they met their demise. There are also drawers full of swallowed items ranging from safety pins to bones and buttons that a Philadelphia physician had removed from the throats of his patients. The history of Dr. Mutter is amazing and you should research him before you go not that he is prominently spoke of in the museum, but the simple fact that Dr. Mutter was the father of modern medicine. The medicine garden is rather bland. I wish more was revealed about the use of the plants. Unfortunately it is against the rules of the museum to take photos. This is my second time here and I will return.
I have been to this museum, taking various members of my family, on 4 separate occasions. All of the times but the last were pleasant and entertaining. The special exhibits have not changed since my last visit 8 months ago. I was rudely hassled by the individual sitting at the entrance to the exhibits regarding my drawstring pouch. Apparently it is a backpack. It is obviously not. It is smaller than a plastic shopping bag. I could have walked in with it in my hands, or slung like a purse on one shoulder, but out of convenience I put it on like a back pack. As she said, "well you're wearing it on your back." I had to seek out a quarter for the locker and then carry my inhaler, wallet, and phone in my hands. It was awkward, and unnecessary, as there were men and women with satchels, messenger bags, and purses you could fit a toddler inside of. The only redeeming experience was the gentleman security guards downstairs who made polite and humorous conversation with guests. This place was worth A visit. I will not longer accept friend or family requests to check it out again.
Awesome place! Not for the squeamish. Extremely interesting. Could easily spend hours here. Have all kinds of human remains/preserved parts and endless information on different diseases and conditions.
My son wanted to go for his birthday. We went on a Saturday which apparently is a very crowded day according to a sign posted on their door. The exhibits were interesting. I am not a medical person and a little squeamish, but I did not have a problem with the exhibits. Well worth the visit.
This was definitely a very unique experience. The map makes the museum look small but it's actually really big inside. Spent over 5 hours seeing every human specimen on display. Everything was respectfully presented and in no way offensive. There's also a room with art made of human hair that is just amazing to look at. Highly recommend checking it out. The only 2 gripes i had were out of the museum's control... 1) The air was a bit thick, which gave me a constant headache until I stepped outside. But I guess they have to keep a certain temperature to preserve the specimens. 2) Local parking is almost impossible to find. But found a parking lot that wasn't too bad at $15 for the 5 hour stay. Overall though, a very great place to experience at least once in your life and make mental memories of since pictures aren't allowed.
I personally loved this museum. Very informative and unique. I do have a couple of suggestions. If you are not good with medical stuff, I would not recommend this museum. This museum is also on the smaller side and can get packed. I suggest going earlier or later in the day. It gets really busy on the weekends. I love curiosity museums. It was interesting to see how medical stuff was viewed back in the day. Just a great place all around!
Such an interesting museum! Not super interactive, but very knowledgeable and not too crowded. They have a nice little garden and art exhibit, too. I have a pass that got me in free, but I still think it’s probably worth the money.
IF YOU ARE DEBATING VISITING THIS PLACE STOP THINKING AND JUST GO!!! I spent over 3 hours walking through the museum absolutely fascinated by all the specimens. To observe bodies of diseases I have studied was enlightening. There are placards that explain the exhibits so even if you are not in the medical field you can appreciate the exhibits.