Anatomical models were important teaching tools throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. Cadavers were in short supply and would decompose, but anatomical models could be used for teaching year after year. These models had to be extremely accurate and highly detailed. 

The majority of our wax models were made by only two firms, Tramond of Paris and Joseph Towne of London. Our papier-mâché models were made by Louis Thomas Jérôme Auzoux. Many of them are larger than in real life for easier viewing and can be disassembled to show the inner anatomical structures of the body.

The Mütter Museum helps the public appreciate the mysteries and beauty of the human body while understanding the history of diagnosis and treatment of disease.

  • 19 S 22nd Street
  • Philadelphia, PA 19103
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  • Monday through Sunday
  • 10am–5pm
  • We are closed on Thanksgiving, December 24, December 25 and January 1