Unique and disturbing, there’s no other place like it in the world. So many words can be used to describe Philly’s Mütter Museum: unique, bizarre, disturbing, educational, one of a kind, fascinating, offbeat… It’s probably for the best that photography is strictly prohibited inside the museum, because it would be best not to spoil the bizarre surprises that await inside. The Mütter Museum is a medical museum in Center City maintained by the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Its world-renowned collections are unique and some are (be warned) quite disturbing -- medical oddities, anatomical and pathological specimens, wax models, and antique medical equipment. My personal recommendation is the wooden cabinets with multiple drawers containing objects that people have swallowed. No, that is not a misprint!
The gift shop is without a doubt the most interesting museum gift shop I've ever visited, and it may be the only place that sells conjoined twin cookie cutters! Outside the museum is a lovely and tranquil medicinal plant garden. Dedicated to Benjamin Rush (a doctor and signer of the Declaration of Independence), it was his suggestion to maintain a medicinal co-op garden as a way to stock the doctors’ medicine chests. The garden contains more than fifty different types of herbs.
This is at the top of my “don’t miss” list for Philadelphia visitors.