The Mutter Museum makes a lot of the “Secret Philadelphia” lists for a good reason. Its wall of skulls, deformed skeletons and jars of pickled body parts is definitely not for the squeamish, but is fascinating to anyone with a love the macabre, an interest in human anatomy, or the history of medicine. Exhibits include: a death cast and the liver of conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker, slides of Einstein’s brain, the “soap lady,” drawers full of foreign items removed from patients’ stomachs (how’s that for a collecting obsession?), the skeleton of a Victorian lady permanently disfigured from wearing a corset, the “American Giant” (the tallest human skeleton on exhibit in North America).
The museum offers temporary exhibits (2018’s Victorian Hair Art exhibit is the ultimate expression of the Victorian’s fascination with death). The Mutter also has the best gift shop in Philadelphia – with plush Ebola viruses and other cells, along with must-haves like conjoined twin gingerbread cookie cutters.
Tobey says: Gross!
Tip: No photos are allowed in the main exhibition hall (the skull photo above is from a postcard).
Field Trips: The museum offers great field trips on a variety of subjects. Our group had a class on the history of germs, followed by a guided tour of the museum.