The Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Location: 
19 South 22nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Contact Phone Number: 
(215) 563 - 3737
Contact Email Address: 
[email protected]

America's finest museum of medical history, the Mütter displays its beautifully preserved collections of anatomical specimens, models, and medical instruments in a 19th century "cabinet museum" setting. The goal of the Museum is to help the public understand the mysteries and beauty of the human body while appreciating the history of diagnosis and treatment of disease.

The Collection began as a donation from Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter, who was determined to improve and reform medical education. The donation stipulated that the College had to hire a Curator, maintain and expand the collection, fund annual lectures and erect a brick building to house the collection. Since 1858, the College has held true to its promise to Dr. Mütter. Today, the museum enjoys steadily rising international popularity, including a recent documentary on the Discovery Channel and two best-selling books.