Mutter Museum
Mutter Museum
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Key Info

19 S 22nd St.

Price & Hours

$18 for adults; $13 for kids 6-17; free for kids 5 and younger
10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

Details

Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.5scorecard
  • 3.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

You may want to think twice about bringing your kids to the small yet fascinating Mütter Museum. Housed within The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Mütter is dedicated to the exposition of medical oddities. While most museums like this fill their halls with old pictures and antique scalpels, this rather cramped 19th-century building overflows with wet specimens (biological samples preserved in fluid), skeletal specimens, anatomical models, instruments and more. Some highlights include items that belonged to Marie Curie, a tumor removed from Glover Cleveland's mouth, an informative display on Siamese twins and the tallest skeleton on display in North America.

While this museum is fascinating, be prepared to feel grossed out. Recent visitors felt that the disturbing exhibits were what made the museum unique, but warned the squeamish to proceed with caution. 

The Mütter Museum is located a few blocks northwest of Rittenhouse Square just south of Fairmount Park. If you're arriving via public transportation, SEPTA's green trolley line stops at Market and 22nd streets, just a half-block north of the museum. It is open every day of the week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is $18 for adults and $13 for children ages 6 to 17. On Mondays and Tuesdays, tickets are discounted by $2 for walk-up purchases only. For more information, visit the official website.

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