Selected Exhibitions Past and Present


NOW OPEN | Thomson Gallery

Photographer Nikki Johnson documents rarely seen spaces and specimens of the Mütter Museum to create Unseen, a behind the scenes photography exhibition featuring objects from the depths of Mütter storage.

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Going Viral: Infection Through the Ages

Opened November 20, 2019 | Cadwalader Gallery

Going Viral examines the intersection of disease and environment through the lens of three major theories of infection.

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Building a Vision

Opened June 6, 2019 | Thomson Gallery

This exhibition features photographs, texts, and artifacts from the Historical Medical Library and Mütter Museum, examining the College’s past and ambitious vision for the future.

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Bones Books & Bell Jars : Photos of the Mütter Museum Collection

Bones Books & Bell Jars offers a contemporary fusion of art and medicine, recalling an era when artists and physicians collaborated to educate aspiring medical students and share information with other medical practitioners.

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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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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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