Mütter Museum


Mütter Museum
19 South 22nd Street

Philadelphia, PA
Tel: 215-563-3737
Check out photos of the museum's goodies at James G. Mundie's Cabinet of Curiosities

Philadelphia, PA: Medical oddities on heart-stopping, skin-crawling display

Mütter Museum

Step right up, ladies and gents, for a look at delights including (but in no way limited to):

1. The attached livers of famed Siamese twins Chang and Eng

2. Upwards of 2,000 objects swallowed, removed and neatly categorized in drawers

3. A nine-foot colon that once belonged to a sideshow personality known as the Human Balloon (we'll let you use your imagination on that one)

4. The 100-head-strong Hyrtl Skull Collection (pictured) and the tallest skeleton on record in North America, at just shy of 8 feet

5. A corpse turned to soap

6. Baby deformities galore

Part of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the museum was born when Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter turned over his private collection, in 1858, for purposes of medical research and education.

Not for the faint (or even the somewhat sturdy) of heart.

Photo: Courtesy the Mütter Museum

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