Flashback Friday: The Mutter Museum- A Musem of Medical Oddities

FlashbackFriDuring my travels I don’t usually like to visit too many museums, however there are some that I try to seek out. For this week’s Flashback Friday I will share a post about a certain type of museum that I will go out of my way to visit-museums that display oddities!

I’ve been to a bunch of these type of museums and would like to share a post about one of them today.

Here is the post:

  • The Mutter Museum: A Museum of Medical Oddities- Philadelphia, PA

This post was first published on December 1, 2011.

a group of skeletons in a glass case
When I first saw the Mutter Museum featured on a television show, I knew that it was a museum that I had to visit. I finally got to go this past summer and was not disappointed…
a sign on a gate
Photography is not permitted in the museum but I couldn’t resist taking some photos with my phone. The quality is not the best but I am still glad that I can show some of what the museum has to offer.
a scary mask on a stand
Dried Head

The Mutter Museum is located at the College of Physicians.

Dr. Thomas Dent Mutter donated the collection in 1858. It was originally used for medical research and education. The museum has lots of medical oddities, antique medical equipment and other interesting specimens.

a room with glass shelves and a man standing in front of it
Skull Collection

The museum’s main floor has beautiful wood cabinets full of medical tools, wax molds, skeletons and an extensive skull collection. It was very busy when I visited so it took some time to get close to read the info in the cabinets.

a statue of a boy and girl
Chang & Eng

The museum has a plaster cast of famous Siamese twins Chang & Eng. Below the plaster cast (very hard to see in my picture) is a jar with their attached liver in it.

a rock on a glass case
Soap Lady

One exhibit that I had to go back to visit a few times was of the Soap Lady. The lady died in the 19th century of yellow fever. She was buried in soil with some chemicals that turned her body into a soapy substance also called grave wax.

Here are a couple of other interesting photos that I took during my visit.

a face in a glass case
a group of human body parts

If you want to visit the Mutter Museum, find out more here.

I hope that you liked this week’s Flashback Friday!

I’d highly recommend a visit to the Mutter Museum. It’s an amazing and unique place, quite different from other things that Philadelphia has to offer.

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