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Eerily Unique: Mutter Museum

May 11, 2013 by

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It’s creepy and cool and weird and awesome. It’s a must visit. It’s the College of Physicians of Philadelphia Mütter Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The museum is home to over 139 skulls, full skeletons, Civil War replicas, historical medical devices, and more bones than you can count. It serves to educate the community on the beauty and complexity of the human body and the development and sophistication of modern day medicine.

You can simply walk around in awe of all the collections which include a skull over 150 years old, and replicas of skin disorders. or you can learn how investigators determine gender, age, race, and cause of death of 6 different skeletal examples by phoning in to the free audio tour.

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When you’ve had enough of needles and bones, take a stroll through the Medicinal Plant Garden out back and learn about over 60 different plants and trees and their medicinal purposes.

It’s a unique place to visit, both for those with a background in medicine or those just curious about the workings of the human body. It may not be appropriate for young children, unless they’re aspiring to be doctors or scientists.

The museum is open 7 days a week from 10am – 5pm. Admission costs $15 and several discounts apply for students, military and seniors. For $20, you can have joint admission to the Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology.

 

Image Source: Flickr/istolethetv, Mütter Museum



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