Our Finest Clothing: A Layered History of Our Skin

Upper level of Mütter Museum

Skin is more than just a covering for our body. Our skin is an example of the remarkable nature and evolution of the human body as well as a deeply personal canvas for modification and expression. Our skin is both durable and delicate, tough but vulnerable. It is an amazing organ that protects, adorns, and embellishes us. This exhibition explores the biology, pathology, and cultural aspects of skin from both a historical and contemporary angle. From the earliest tattoos to the creation of the field of dermatology, this exhibition encourages the visitor to look at our skin in a different way, as something both uniformly constructed, yet uniquely our own.

Image: Psoriasis Gyrata Lithograph from Delineations of cutaneous diseases; by Bateman, Thomas, 1778- 1821 London, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1817. (ZZJa 16)

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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  • 10am–5pm
  • We are closed on Thanksgiving, December 24, December 25 and January 1