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About The Mütter Research Institute

The research arm of the Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the Mütter Research Institute establishes collaborations and partnerships with other historic, scientific or medical institutions with the goal of utilizing College collections to conduct research relevant to 21st century human health. The Institute also provides professional consultation to other institutions and researchers who seek to create museums or exhibits with a medical historical dimension or maintain their collections of pathological anatomy.

The Mütter Research Institute collaborates with scientific institutions and other bona fide researchers in upholding the ideals and heritage of medicine and to engender curiosity and knowledge about the body and health and to increase the understanding of medicine within a cultural and historic context. The Institute favors collaborations that deepen an understanding of public health.

Institute activities include:

  • Promoting the Mütter Museum’s anatomical and pathological collection to illuminate diseases and anomalies
  • Consulting other institutions to create historical medical collections, exhibits, or museums
  • Undertaking any other project that advances the vision of the Institute


  • To collaborate with scientists and other bona fide researchers to utilize the College’s rich historical collection of biological specimens, tools, models, and texts for a variety of research projects
  • To promote the value of historical medical collections as relevant to research illuminating health issues in the 21st century
  • To encourage the collection and preservation of historical anatomical, biological, and pathological specimens, and related tools and models
  • To conduct research on best methods and practices for maintaining and preserving human biological specimens
  • To consult museums or institutions interested in creating or maintaining human biological collections or exhibits
  • To seek and receive grants from science-oriented funding institutions to support collaborative research projects
  • To publish Institute research findings in peer-reviewed journals
  • To position the Institute as the go-to place for scientific research involving historical biological collections and state-of-the-art conservation methodology

For More

Read the Letter From the Mütter Research Institute Director.

Get up close with one of our research projects on the Museum’s digital exhibit, Memento Mütter.

To contact the Mütter Research Institute, please email

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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