Notice

Know Before You Go

Beginning Wednesday, November 18, the Museum will be closed to the public until further notice.


COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the Mütter Museum have instituted new precations to ensure visitor and staff safety in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • All tickets must now be purchased online, in advance. For other ticketing information, please visit our Hours and Admission page.

  • All visitors over the age of 2 years old are required to wear a mask or face covering over their nose and mouth.

  • Visitors are asked to maintain a 6 foot distance from other visitors/groups. 

  • Hand sanitizer is available throughout the Museum.

  • The number of visitors in the building is limited to 50 people per hour.


OTHER INFORMATION 

What are the parking and transit options for visitors?

The Museum itself does not have a parking lot, however, there are a number of lots close by, including a paid lot directly behind the Museum at 21st and Ludlow Street just below Market Street. Metered street parking is available on the surrounding blocks. The Museum is conveniently located between Amtrak’s 30th Street Station and SEPTA’s Suburban Station, and we are directly off the 22nd St trolley stop.

Large Bags and Stroller Policy

The Museum has narrow walking space in many areas and strollers and large bags pose a hazard to our 150‐year‐old glass cases and make it difficult for other visitors to enjoy our exhibits. For these reasons, strollers, large bags, and luggage are not permitted in the Museum. Public lockers are available for secured storage during your visit. Lockers can accommodate items up to 12” x 14” x 15”. Items too large for the lockers, such as strollers, must be left in our self-serve coat room. Lockers are free but require a quarter to operate. The coin is refunded at end of your use.

Where are restrooms for guests?

The 2nd floor restrooms up the great staircase are available for the general public. Our 1st floor restrooms are currently reserved for visitors who need accessible facilities only.

Is there a café in the museum?

No, the Mütter does not have a café, but there are many eateries, coffee shops, and convenience stores located nearby. You can pick up our staff favorites food guide at the Front Desk! *Please note, some establishments may be closed due to COVID-19.

Is there a recommended age for visitors?

The Mütter is a medical history museum and our collection is comprised primarily of human remains, some displaying genitalia, traumatic injuries, or disfiguring pathologies which may be disturbing to young children. For this reason, we recommend the Museum for children ages 10 and up.

Can I take pictures in the museum?

The Mütter’s collection includes the remains of real people. Out of respect for the individuals in our collection, no photography or video of any kind is permitted in the main museum. However, you may take photos of the objects and cases in our lobby area, in our special exhibitions gallery located to the right of the great staircase, and in our Benjamin Rush Medicinal Plant Garden.

Are the specimens real? 

All skeletal and wet specimens in the Museum are preserved parts from real humans. Other items on display include life casts and models made of wax, plaster, or papier maché. You can find answers to other questions about the Museum on our FAQ page.


ACCESSIBILITY 

The Museum is wheelchair accessible at the east entrance of our building, on Van Pelt Street (which runs directly behind the Museum, parallel to 21st and 22nd Streets). At the right of the glass door marked “College of Physicians of Philadelphia," you will see an intercom speaker and talk button. Press the button, and when someone responds, say that you are visiting the Museum and need access. Someone will assist you promptly.

When going between floors in the Museum in a wheelchair, please ask a Museum Gallery Associate for assistance and they will take you to the elevator.

Other Accessible programs and tools

  • We have transcribed and large print copies of our audio tour available at the Front Desk, please ask an associate if you would like one for your visit.

  • You can find American Sign Language videos showing highlights of the Museum on our YouTube channel. If you do not have access to a mobile device but would like to view our ASL video tour, iPads can be borrowed at the Front Desk with an ID. Please send an email to request one ahead of time to msellers@collegeofphysicians.org.

  • We offer regularly scheduled American Sign Language Tours for visitors who are Deaf/hard of hearing and Touch Tours for visitors who are blind/low vision. Check the “Events” section on our website to see if there is an upcoming tour. *We are not currently running ASL or Touch Tours due to Covid-19.

  • ASL interpretation is available for any event upon request. Please contact Meredith Sellers at msellers@collegeofphysicians.org to place a request for an ASL interpreter.

  • To request any other accessibility accommodations, email Meredith Sellers at msellers@collegeofphysicans.org or call 215-372-7314.

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