You Might Think A Historical Museum Would Be Boring—Not This One

RealClear Staff

            

     The Mütter Museum is part of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia (try saying that five times fast). That might seem dull to some, but they’d be surprised to find some of the weirdest, medical exhibitions and discoveries.

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Mütter is home to objects that reflect the history of medicine and our anatomy. Its collections date back as far as the seventh century—all the way to 2014 (thus far). While most of the bizarre bric-a-brac is human, there are a few non-human specimens.

If it weren’t in the name of medical science, this place would probably be the headquarters for expired, circus sideshow acts. There’s a wide array of anatomical oddities just waiting to be perused and ogled.

[Source: MütterMuseum.org]

YES, IT'S A COLON.

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...NO IDEA WHAT THIS IS, BUT IT'S SOMETHING THEY KEEP IN THE BACK...

[Photo: Joe Tien]

A CHOLERA-INFECTED INTESTINE.

In addition to these audacious abnormalities, there’s a vast array of antique, surgical instruments—back when it was thought that all illnesses were the effect(s) of humoral imbalances (re: blood, yellow bile, black bile and phlegm).

[Source: MütterMuseum.org]

Who knew there was so much weirdness in our medical and anatomical history?! The Mütter Museum is open daily (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). If you’re looking for something engaging and out of the ordinary, definitely check out this place! For more information, go here.

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