Exhibitions

Broken Bodies, Suffering Spirits: Injury, Death, and Healing in Civil War Philadelphia

No Civil War battles were fought in or near Philadelphia, but the war came here in other ways. On trains and steamboats, tens of thousands of wounded and sick soldiers arrived in the city, to be cared for in local hospitals. 

What was it like to fight, to become sick or injured, to take care of the wounded? Why did people—especially women—volunteer to work day and night to relieve the suffering of soldiers? What was it like to miss home or die alone? 

What was it like to fight, to become sick or injured, to take care of the wounded?

We explore these questions via artifacts, anatomical specimens, and illustrations from the Museum’s and other collections. You can even step inside our interactive experience that lets you see what it would be like to have an arm amputated.

To see our Civil War Medicine video series CLICK HERE!

Explore our Civil War lessons plans HERE!

This exhibition is supported jointly by a grant from the following organizations

The following organizations loaned objects or provided support for this exhibition: 

Civil War Resources

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.

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