Mutter MuseumCurrently Closed
- Address: 19 S 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, United States
- Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: 1215-5633737
- Ticket Price: 15 USD
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Science Museums, History Museums, Family And Kids, Specialty Museums
In 2013, this place turned 150 years old, so you know it’s got some staying power. If you have the slightest morbid or macabre fascination with the human body, it’s dieseases, deformities and strangeness – then this place is your haven – a must do on your Philly travel bucket. When Philadelphia physician donated his 1700 item collection to the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the College decided to open up this museum and go on adding to it’s list. So what will you find? Preserved human fetuses, a presidential tumour (not kidding), the liver from a pair of conjoined Siamese twins, slices of Albert Einstein’s brain (worth visiting for this alone!), a bit of a brain of an assassin, disease riddled bodies, two headed babies, a distended ovary and so on. There’s also thousands of diagrams and drawings and flowcharts with lots of interesting information. And while everything is every carefully lit and tastefully displayed – I wouldn’t recommend coming here right after lunch.
- Senior (65 and over): USD 13.
- Youth (6-17 years): USD 10.
- Student: USD 10.
- Children (5 & under): Free.
- Joint tickets with Penn Museum might give better value.
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54.62% of people who visit Philadelphia include Mutter Museum in their plan
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86.81% of people start their Mutter Museum visit around 1 PM - 2 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Mutter Museum
60.92% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Mutter Museum
My best friend surprised my husband and I with tickets last week, and the hype is real. There are no empty spots on the walls, they are jam packed with amazing specimens. Maybe not for the squeamish, but definitely I recommend this to all who have medical curiosities. I highly recommend you plan to spend between two and five hours in the museum, depending on how busy they are, and how thorough you are at looking over all the multitude of jars and cases. You can not take pictures of anything inside the museum, so leave those cell phones in your pocket. They also do not allow back packs or any bag that is worn on your back, food, drinks, or umbrellas. They will search all other bags that are okay, so don't be surprised.
It was really informative, and very visually engaging. But there was also a lot there to remind you that each specimen was a PERSON, just an unfortunate one. I'm disabled, I visited this museum in my wheelchair, and the staff did all they could to ensure that I had access to the elevator when I needed it, and also the back door when I was ready to leave. I really enjoyed the Museum. AND I saw Einstein's BRAIN! I'll be going back.
It's an interesting place to visit. It is not for everyone though, so don't think that taking your kids here is a fantastic idea. Taking my baby daughter here with me and seeing babies in jars who are bigger than your own baby will take its toll on your brain. Also, I recently took my dad here while he was visiting the area, and we both found it to be an excessive collection of people's bodies and select odd parts, and it ended up feeling more like a sideshow than an educational place of medical oddities. So I guess it depends on the crowd you take. When it was just me and my wife, it felt more like a museum of medical oddities, much better than the next time with my dad, where it felt more like a rich man's crazy collection of unfortunate body parts. It's still more entertaining than the Liberty Bell though, for the price.
This is by far the most interesting museum I've ever been to. There are so many amazing preserved specimen that span more than a century of medical science. Whether you're a student or practitioner of medicine, a fan of the macabre, or just plain curious this place is worth setting aside at least 3 or more hours to visit and really take your time exploring. Fair warning: this is NOT someplace to visit if you're squeamish, easily disturbed, or have a weak stomach. This is a museum of medical science, not a haunted house, however many of the specimen could be considered disturbing in nature as there are many physiological anomalies on display that are not often seen or discussed in everyday life.
This place is incredible! You can spend a whole day here looking at specimens and reading about them. I especially liked the Civil War exhibit. It's definitely creepy, but so entertaining. I'd highly recommend it.