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"Want to see the World's Largest Colon?" Muetter Museum Tip by BoneDoctor

Muetter Museum, Philadelphia: 10 reviews and 7 photos

  2001 calender
by BoneDoctor

The Mutter Museum has been around for a long time - the College of Physicians that runs it was founded in 1787, and since then, various medical oddities, tissue samples and instruments have been donated to the institution. Now they have over 20000 objects. The collection is fascinating from a medical educational point of view, but the museum has undergone a renaissance recently as the general public became more interested in what they consider macabre displays contained therein.

Sure, there may not be much to learn from 'the world's largest colon', or the 'soap lady' (that's a long story), but overall the experience is more educational than titillating. To raise money, they have produced a very popular calender, with photographic artists' perspectives of their exhibits (see picture). Through their website, you can get a virtual tour, read about the collection, and buy calenders, jewelry and novelty items like eyeball keychains.

For fans of Rammstein, the cover art of a recent album, "Mutter" is reminiscent of museum exhibits.

I think it's a must-see, but you have to have the proper mindset. I once saw a midwestern family on a corner with a map, trying to decide between the Norman Rockwell museum or the Mutter. Wrong!!

The Museum is open 10AM - 5PM, Monday through Sunday, every day of the year except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Address: 19 S. 22nd St.
Phone: 215-563-3737

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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