Oct. 17, 2019

"Spit Spreads Death" Opening Night


Be the first to experience the new Mütter Museum exhibition – Spit Spreads Death: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-19 in Philadelphia

Fellows and Members are invited to exclusive after-hours access to the Mütter Museum's new exhibition, Spit Spreads Death!

What happens when disease strikes a city of two million people, sickening half a million and killing more than 12,000 in just six weeks, and 20,000 in six months? What would YOU do? Learn from experts what happens when a deadly disease strikes a crowded city, explore how neighborhoods in Philadelphia were impacted, how the disease spread, and what could happen in future pandemics.

Drinks and refreshments will be provided. 

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All ages are welcome to attend this event. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

SEPTEMBER 7, 2019: Health Fair at Mifflin Square Park
SEPTEMBER 14, 2019: Hidden City Philadelphia Walking Tour
SEPTEMBER 27, 2019: Spit Spreads Death Parade Workshop with Spiral Q 
SEPTEMBER 28, 2019: Interactive artists Blast Theory and the Mütter Museum bring a parade of light and sound to the streets of Philadelphia to commemorate this devastating event, remember those who died, and honor those who keep us safe today. Sign up to join the parade!
OCTOBER 17, 2019: Spit Spreads Death opens to the public
OCTOBER 17, 2019: Fellows and Members Spit Spreads Death Opening Night

Major support for Spit Spreads Death has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, with additional support from the Groff Family Memorial Trust and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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