Medical Museums in Philadelphia

Medical Museums in Philadelphia

Medical Museums in Philadelphia

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Medical Museums PhillyPhiladelphia, PA - Looking for something unique to do on your next trip to Philadelphia? Make sure to visit one of these medical museums located inside The City of Brotherly Love. From a dental museum to Philadelphia's famed Mutter museum filled with body parts and oddities. We have you covered with The Best Philly Medical Museums.


Philly's Best Medical Museums to Visit

Drexel University College of Medicine

A Dissected woman named Harriet. Near the bookstore entrance on Drexel’s Queen Lane (East Falls) campus, what appears to be string art in the shape of a person is the dissected nervous system of an African-American woman who reportedly worked at the college and left her body to science in 1888. The medical school’s foremost anatomy professor at the time spent five months picking apart and reconstructing Harriet. Also fascinating: the nearby millions of resource materials documenting women's history in medicine and homeopathy, open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., appointment requested. 2900 W. Queen Lane, (215) 991-8340

Dr. and Mrs. Edwin Weaver III Historical Dental Museum

Terrifying dentists’ tools. It’s worth letting one’s mouth go agape at the antique (and slightly horrifying) drills, chairs, X-ray machines, furnaces, photographs, pearl-handled tools, and recreated Victorian office at this minute yet powerful museum a repository of more than 150 years of dentistry in America. 3223 N. Broad Street, (215) 707-2799

Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Historic medical oddities. The Mütter displays thousands of items spanning the medical realm, from deformed and diseased body parts to the death cast of “Siamese twins” Chang and Eng to pieces of Albert Einstein’s gloriously nerdy brain. Filled with some impossible-to-believe specimens, the collections are still used today to advance medical science. 19 S. 22nd Street, (215) 560-8564



Pennsylvania Hospital19th-Century Amphitheater

19th-century amphitheater, seven-inch tumor. As they peer into the operating theater of the first chartered hospital in the nation, visitors are reminded that early 19th-century surgeries were performed in front of an audience, with no electricity, no sterile technique, and a choice of rum, opium, or a “tap on the head with a mallet” for anesthesia. A seven-inch tumor removed during one such procedure by Dr. Philip Syng Physick is on view in the Historical Library. Guided and self-guided tours are available Monday through Friday. 800 Spruce Street, (215) 829-3370




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