Mutter Museum
Mutter Museum
4.5
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
This museum, located at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, is one of the finest medical history museums in America. The Mütter Museum is a 19th century style cabinet museum displaying medical artifacts such as anatomical specimens and medical instruments. Marvel at the beauty and strangeness of the human body. NOTICE FOR 2017: There will be no elevator access to the Mütter Museum for all of January and February 2017. The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, home of The Mütter Museum and Historical Medical Library, will be installing a new elevator from January 1st, 2017. Our new elevator will drastically improve access to our collections and events and visitors will be able to enjoy regular access as of early March, 2017. From January 1st - end of February, anyone unable to navigate stairs will not be able to get into our building. There will not be a ramp. Additionally, due to installation of an exciting new exhibit, access to the gallery currently hosting our Vesalius exhibit will be restricted from mid-January until early March, 2017. More details about this new exhibit will be released shortly. We apologize sincerely for any and all inconvenience that this will inevitably cause, however this vital and important maintenance to our historic building will greatly enhance our visitor experience going forward. Thank you so much for your patience.
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Neighborhood: City Center West
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  • 22nd St • 1 min walk
  • 19th St • 6 min walk
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  • Giorgio13
    153 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting, but small.
    This is a small museum. Very interesting. Not suitable if you have to use a wheelchair very narrow spaces. Also, placards are located near the floor for many items and you have to stoop to see them. Fairly dark, with the lighting and such. Took us less than an hour to see everything.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 31, 2023
  • Oliver A
    Leeds, United Kingdom321 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting and weird place!
    Very interesting and weird place. I've never seen anything like this displayed at a museum before. They also had a pandemic exhibit too which worked well. I'd definitely recommend it if you have the time but wouldn't say it's anything must see.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 20, 2023
  • Steven
    66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great experience
    I thought it was fantastic. Went with my friends and we are all trained historians/museum professionals. Thought the displays were fascinating and the museum tackled hard subjects with grace. Particularly noted the memorial outside to all of the subjects. The gift shop was also great. Would definitely recommend a trip here. There’s nothing else like it.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 18, 2023
  • bob
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Philadelphia day trip
    Went on Sunday. Arrived noon ish, no line. $20.- each. Very interesting if ur into this field. U need to read all info tags. Seems many specimens were very old. Updated displays would b nice. Staff was friendly n helpful.. Upstairs library n hall was magnificent. Parking a bit tricky....
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 6, 2024
  • Hawkeye4077
    83 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Can’t wait to go back!
    So interesting! Just happened to find this when in Philly a few days last year. Loved seeing the oddities and learning how they came to be. Didn’t make it back this last trip but hope to go again soon!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 17, 2024
  • Theresa B
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing, thought provoking.
    Amazing experience. Some things you can read about and think you understand but seeing in person is absolutely another level. The people with me were less appreciative of all the horrors and wonders that the human body can develop into and be affected by. It is a small museum but I don't think I saw everything. I'd definitely go back. I'll be thinking about some of the exhibits for a long time.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 1, 2024
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Happy K
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
WOW! Just WOW! Once I walked in, I didn’t want to leave. So many things to see…so many skulls and body parts in jars, things only doctors usually get a chance to see. Things I’ll never forget, like the soap lady and the Siamese twins. And I never saw a real appendix before, like the one I had that ruptured when I was a kid and almost died from. Now I have. Mutter! There’s no place like it! Go! Once you walk in, you won’t want to leave either. This was definitely the highlight of my Philly trip! I’m just surprised more people don’t know about this place.
Written May 16, 2024
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Bob C
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
I recently tried to visit the Mutter Museum a few days ago. I arrived just before ten when they open. I went to the desk to purchase a ticket at the stroke of ten. The lady behind the counter asked if I had a ticket, and I said no. She said that a school group would be visiting and that I could come back in an hour, at 11.

I came back at 10:25 to be sure that I arrived early enough so that I could get in. Two school buses of students arrived at the same time and went in. I was standing on the sidewalk a bit away from the entrance, but the wind was a bit cool. So, I decided to stand near their door, and when I entered the gated area, I noticed a sign just outside the door that said that no tickets were available until 11:30.

I decided to go to the ticket counter to get an explanation because I had been told to come back at 11. There were two elderly couples entering at the same time, so I followed them. The young man now sitting at the counter told them that they would have to come back at 11:30 because a school group was going to be in the museum. They left, but I went to the counter and told the young man that I had been told to be back at 11. He said that no tickets would be available until 11:30. I explained to him that I had been told that I could buy a ticket at 11. It didn't matter.

I did not visit the museum because I was unsure if another surprise would strike at the 11:30 time. I had planned my visit so that I could get it early enough to get to another place later.

It was obvious to me that the staff was confused because the young lady had told me to come back at 11, and the young man had told me 11:30.

I understand that large school groups visit the museum, but on this day, there was no notice about this or the fact that tickets would not be available.

This information should have been outside of the museum at the moment it opened at ten, or I should have been told the correct information when I went in at 10.
Written April 28, 2024
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Chien M
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Just another example of a small museum that is less than a 30 minute walk through that is overly hyped. Not worth the $25 ticket fee and not worth the eye strain. There are also rude and power mad museum staff. I saw an old man taking pictures with no flash. And a small Vietnamese guy with a pony-tail rushed at him and demanding him to give up his cell phone. It was embarassing for the old man and for his family. They also threatened him with museum security. I would advise people to stay away. Probably a visit to a Ripley's Believe it or Not or a quick internet view would be more worth your time.
Written April 8, 2024
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Theresa B
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Amazing experience. Some things you can read about and think you understand but seeing in person is absolutely another level. The people with me were less appreciative of all the horrors and wonders that the human body can develop into and be affected by. It is a small museum but I don't think I saw everything. I'd definitely go back. I'll be thinking about some of the exhibits for a long time.
Written April 1, 2024
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vanomad
Virginia478 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Wow this place is so amazing. Especially if you’re a medical nerd like me! Such a great learning experience. To actually see disease process preserved is amazing. A very unique and valuable collection. Not for the faint of heart. You must put your science nerd brain on before entering this museum. But highly recommended especially for those in the medical community. I so wish I could have taken pictures but understand why I couldn’t. It was an honor to get to visit this wonderful museum.
Written March 24, 2024
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Hawkeye4077
83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
So interesting! Just happened to find this when in Philly a few days last year. Loved seeing the oddities and learning how they came to be. Didn’t make it back this last trip but hope to go again soon!
Written March 17, 2024
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CynthiaCrane
Bath, NC26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
I have been wanting to visit The Mutter Museum for years and it finally happened. It was an amazing experience and everything I had hoped it would be.
Staff were very friendly and helpful, exhibits were very informative, and the building was beautiful.
Written March 8, 2024
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Laurie K
Boston, MA55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This is an excellent museum, my second time there. It doesn't take long to review everything; about an hour. Fascinating medical anomalies, and Mutter is a man to admire. However.... politics seem to have invaded the Museum. The new exhibit about the Great Influenza of 1914 is really weak; it could have been so much more powerful and educational. The sheer number of deaths--600+--were more than all of WWI. And why is that? The exhibit suggests "Don't Spit" and even has dodads in the gift shop to this effect. What they steer clear of is the fact that like our last Administration, the president nullified the importance of the pandemic. Woodrow Wilson wanted young men to serve as soldiers for WWI, and so avoided public information about containing the pandemic. This resulted in a massive spread worldwide of the virus. Sound familiar? I was very disappointed that this exhibit avoided the truth. And why was it called the Spanish flu? It is believed to have started in Kansas in the barracks of these young soldiers, who were then shipped east, and then on to Europe. Spain was one of the only countries to speak the truth and publicize info about the virus and how to contain it. I thought medicine was about science and facts? This exhibit really missed a chance to educate. Still, the Museum itself is excellent.
Written February 26, 2024
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bob
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Went on Sunday. Arrived noon ish, no line. $20.- each. Very interesting if ur into this field. U need to read all info tags. Seems many specimens were very old. Updated displays would b nice. Staff was friendly n helpful.. Upstairs library n hall was magnificent. Parking a bit tricky....
Written February 6, 2024
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Hgtravl
Marlton, NJ2,685 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
A really unique museum exhibit located in one of Philadelphias oldest buildings! The building alone is worth seeing- simply majestic. This medical museum may be in the smaller side but it’s JAM packed with lots to see, read & check out! Full of skeletons, skulls, medical oddities, fetus’s, jars of organs, and lots to learn for the curious!

Tips:
- pre order your tickets!! They are $20.
- there are two paid parking lots right behind/near the building which is nice for downtown Philly!
- don’t bring any big bags- it’s tight in the exhibit! They do offer coat check for free and 25 cent lockers!
- check out the fun medical themed gift shop!

Trigger warning:
- just wanted to note that some of the fetus exhibit area may be triggering for folks. It can be hard to digest but remember this is a science museum to teach people things. Just wanted to note that this might be hard for some folks to see fully REAL fetus’s, infants etc on display

Please remember to be respectful and NOT TAKE PHOTOS in the exhibit as these are real human remains donated to the passion of science- not to be taken photos of from tourists. They do keep an eye on folks and WILL say something if they see you snapping photos.
Written December 29, 2023
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