Sharon’s First Visit to the Mütter Museum

Before STAMP, I had never heard of the Mütter Museum at all. When [Teen Council leader] Alison assigned us our own individual museums, I was very interested in the Mütter Museum and thank goodness I got it!

Fun fact about my museum is that many of the things you see in the museum were originally for medical research! Dr. Mütter donated about 1,300 items in 1858, and the museum has received thousands of specimens more since then.

Hearing such great reviews online, I was pretty excited to visit my museum! After I exchanged e-mails back and forth with both Alison and Jacqui (Director of Education and Public Initiatives at the College of Physicians and my museum “mentor”), I met with Jacqui at the museum and she was very friendly and gave me a quick little summary and background of the museum. She was very kind to me and I loved everything about this museum. After Jacqui gave me a quick summary of the museum, I ventured the museum by myself for a good 2-3 hours!

Everything in that museum was very interesting. Some things in there are kind of disturbing but interesting nonetheless! I saw many great things such as the Siamese twins and many other things like tumors, infants with birth defects and the giant colon AKA “balloon man.” If you want to find out who or what it is, visit my museum! The Mütter Museum contains a plethora of bones and also diseases. I learned about many new medical oddities when I was there. On the first floor, you will find many medical equipment doctors have used in the past. You will be surprised what you will find in there! The first thing you’ll notice when you walk in are the skulls. They are all over the museum! After you have explored the first site to your heart’s desire, there will be a staircase leading you to a lower floor. That floor was my personal favorite. You’ll also see  wax faces showing you what someone would look like if they had a certain type of disease, Einstein’s brain (slides of it actually) and so much more.

As much as I loved my day at the museum, I was pretty disappointed when I couldn’t see the “soap lady” exhibit so I’ll have to go back! And The Mütter Museum also just opened a new exhibit on the Civil War  called Broken Bodies, Suffering Spirits.

So come and visit the Mutter Museum! You won’t regret coming here. There’s a lot of great things to see. Regular admission to this museum is $16-$26 BUT with the STAMP pass, it is 100% FREE for teens! I love love love the Mütter Museum and I know you’ll love it too!

READY TO VISIT the Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia? Check out the Mütter Museum profile page for the hours you can use your STAMP pass!

This post was written by Sharon Shania, a STAMP Teen Council member. Sharon attends The Preperatory Charter School of Mathematics, Science, Technology & Careers.