Go Here: Mütter Museum in Philadelphia
I tend to have a pretty short attention span at history museums, unless they are one of two thing: interactive, or disturbing. The Mütter Museum, a museum of medical history, is definitely the latter, and so it’s thankfully not the former. You would not want to interact with the kind of twisted things they’ve got on display, but they sure are fun to look at.
The Mütter is a museum inside of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and it’s claim to fame is a very large, cabinet-style display of “beautifully” preserved body parts, medical rarities, and horrifying
instruments of torture medical tools. The museum’s goal is to help us understand our bodies and the history of medical diagnosis; they also seem to aim to teach us how terrifying bodies can be, and to make us want to throw up a little. They accomplish all of their goals.
The Mütter began as a donation in 1858 from Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter, a man who was very interested in furthering medical education, and thus left the college his large collection of horrible, atrocious things. You know, for education. If you’re one of those people who falls into YouTube medical video rabbit holes, you are going to love it here.
The museum features a gift shop, of course, so if you’re in the market for say, a jar of skin, a 70 lb. ovarian cyst, a cookie cutter in the shape of conjoined twins, or some soap that looks like a corpse, make sure to stop in on your way back from being violently ill in the bathroom. I’m really sellin’ it to you, aren’t I? Was the puking the clincher?