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?
Opened February 12, 2016 | Upper level of Mütter Museum
This exhibition explores the biology, pathology, and cultural aspects of skin from both a historical and contemporary angle.
Though many fairy-tale bodies belong to the realm of the marvelous, some have real-world counterparts.
This exhibition examines the shifting perceptions about abnormal human development, from fear and wonder to curiosity and clinical science.
Jan. 19, 2018—Sept. 16, 2018 | Thomson Gallery
An exquisite group of hair art and jewelry, as well as accompanying materials that discuss the social expectations of Victorian-era mourning rituals.
January 13 – July 6, 2017 | Thomson Gallery
Highly evocative embroidered and crocheted pieces adapt the Mütter Museum collection into captivating personal narratives, addressing the effects of chronic illness.
Explore Perfect Vessels, a brand new exhibition by LA-based artist and photographer David Orr, inspired by the Mütter Museum’s renowned Hyrtl Skull Collection.
Opening Reception: July 14, 2016 from 6 - 8pm
July 13, 2017 – January 4, 2018 | Thomson Gallery
Lisa Nilsson showcases ornate quilled paper constructions that explore the complex geography of the human anatomy.
BLOOD WORK is a new series by artist Jordan Eagles based on the various elemental qualities of blood and copper, as well as works in blood dust and gauze. In the presence of light, the works vibrate iridescent reds, crimsons, oranges, browns, and black and cast shadows, projecting an intense glow. These effects make the works appear as if they are illuminated from within.
This exhibition premiered the Quay Brothers’ film commissioned by The College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the Mütter Museum. Entitled Through the Weeping Glass: On the Consolations of Life Everlasting, the film and the exhibition in the Mütter Gallery focused on remarkable people longing to comprehend both the unusual and the ordinary. Highlighted are therapeutic procedures, devices, and etchings that are both beautiful and poetically evocative.
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.