Whether you are in the medical field, love creepy stuff, or maybe you’re just curious, either way, the Mutter Museum is not for the weak of stomachs.
Where It Began
The museum was named after Thomas Dent Mutter, MD who was an American surgeon. He preferred to help people that had deformities so he could learn from them. His goal was to improve medical education with his collection. In 1959 he made the decision to donate these rare and exhilarating medical finds but, he had requirements. This included mainly a fireproof building to keep his collection safe.
The fireproof building was built in 1863 and Dr. Mutter donated 1,700 objects along with $30,000. The museum was attached to the College of Physicians and when the college moved in 1909 so did the museum.
The Mutter Museum has since collected over 25,000 objects. They have everything from vintage doctor bags to the rarest medical abnormalities. The people that work their say some of the visitors become ill looking at certain things they have in the museum.
Some of the collection includes:
· Albert Einstein’s brain
· Conjoined twins that were stillborn and donated from the 1900s
· Hands that have an extreme gout condition from the 1900s
· Medical toolset from 1870
· Anesthesia kit carried by doctors and used by the public from 1840
· 1892 dried colon removed from the balloon man which was about 40 pounds
· A wall of wax models that show every eye condition
· A wall collection of different human skulls
· Wax model of a woman’s face who grew a skin horn called “human horn”
· Dried fetus in the placenta from a rare condition
· A preserved woman corpse called the “Soap Lady” found in 1875
· Partial body parts amputated from wounded soldiers
· Ovarian cyst weighing 74 pounds (1865)
These are just a handful of the extreme things you will find while visiting the Mutter Museum.
The museum is open all year and closed on holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. It costs about $20 to get a ticket but it is worth the unforgettable scenes. The museum is now located at 19 S. 22nd Street Philadelphia, PA 19103.
There is also a rumor that this museum is haunted. I mean there are dead bodies, body parts, skeletons, and more than you could imagine in this museum. It would make sense that this place is a little haunted.
Travel at your own risk!