Mütter Museum: Heavy on the Umlaud, Light on the Living
BY AARON STELLA Philadelphia’s abundance of erudition of culture endures in Rittenhouse with the Mutter Museum. Originally founded to educate future doctors about human anatomy and the various anomalies therein, today the erstwhile College of Physicians of Philadelphia provides the public with a history of Philadelphia’s medical past as well as exploring what it means to be human from the inside out. Various attractions include an original cast of the first recognized Siamese Twins, Joseph Hyrtl’s collection of skulls, the tallest skeleton on display in North America and over 2,000 different objects that have been extracted from human throats. Benjamin Rush’s, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, medical plant garden (minus the marijuana) also lies on the premises. In the late 1700’s, it naturally replenished Philadelphian doctors with raw materials used for making medicinal remedies and for conducting experiments. For a calendar of upcoming events at the museum, visit the College of Physicians of Philadelphia’s homepage. Currently, the museum is exhibiting The Devouring Element: Lead’s Impact on Health, which chronicles lead’s presence in everyday human life, both as a natural part of life as well as its harmful effects we combat daily. For something a little more macabre than your typical museum, visit the Mutter Museum, and take a peek at what’s going on inside you.