Selected Exhibitions Past and Present

Spit Spreads Death: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-19 in Philadelphia

What happens when disease strikes a city of two million people, sickening half a million and killing nearly 14,000 in just six weeks, and more than 17,500 in six months? What would YOU do?

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Our Finest Clothing: A Layered History of Our Skin

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.

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Grimms' Anatomy: Magic and Medicine

Though many fairy-tale bodies belong to the realm of the marvelous, some have real-world counterparts.

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This exhibition examines the shifting perceptions about abnormal human development, from fear and wonder to curiosity and clinical science.

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Woven Strands: The Art of Human Hair Work

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.

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Tracing the Remains

Tracing the Remains - Sabrina Small and Caitlin McCormack

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.

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Perfect Vessels, photography by David Orr

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.

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Lisa Nilsson: Connective Tissue

July 13, 2017 – January 4, 2018 | Thomson Gallery

Lisa Nilsson showcases ornate quilled paper constructions that explore the complex geography of the human anatomy.

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Drawing Anatomical Anomalies Spring 2016

Lindsay Wavrek - F2007.1, colored pencil on paper

This exhibition is the work of students from our third iteration of our Drawing Anatomical Anomalies course.

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Healing Energy: Radium in America

In 1921 Marie Curie came to The College of Physicians to present a gift. Find out what is was and how she and other important scientists discovered new forms of energy at the turn of the 20th century in our new exhibit.

To launch this online exhibition, click HERE!

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