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#WanderLAD: The Mütter Museum

By Team LAD

So you made it past the dreaded Monday, and yet for some reason you woke up this morning thinking it was Friday. We feel ya. You're stuck at your desk and now more than ever, the day seems to be dragging on. At this point, your mind starts to wander...and we want to wander with you.

This week, let's pack our bags and get lost in…
The Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

The Mütter Museum is a medical museum located in the Center City area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The museum contains a collection of medical oddities, anatomical and pathological specimens, wax models, and antique medical equipment. The museum is part of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. The original purpose of the collection was for biomedical research and education.

The majority of the vast collection was donated by Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter in 1858. Dr. Mütter was an American surgeon who was determined to improve and reform medical education. Upon accepting the donation of 1,700 objects and $30,000, the College was stipulated to hire a curator, maintain and expand the collection, fund annual lectures, and erect a fireproof building to house the collection.

This museum is home to two floors full of preserved human specimens (on racks, in glass cabinets, in jars) and a number of medical tools that look more like torture devices. The museum boasts a collection of over 20,000 specimens and 13% of the specimens are on display.

The first building to house the Museum was completed in 1863 and was located on Locust and 13th Streets. When The College of Physicians built its current home at 19 South 22nd Street in 1909, the Museum relocated with its original cases.

(via Mutter Museum)

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