Year of Dracula

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It’s been 125 years since Bram Stoker wrote Dracula—the iconic gothic novel that launched an undying fascination with vampires around the world.  

The Mütter Museum has declared 2022 the year of Dracula! 

We’ll mark this milestone in horror history with a new case exhibit exploring signs of vampirism in corpses, a dramatic Dracula reading in a graveyard, vampire-themed movie nights, a blood drive, literary lectures, a historical happy hour, pop-up exhibits, and more.

Break out your wooden stakes, ready your garlic, and bring your curiosity for a year-long celebration of all things Dracula!

Follow along online by using #YearOfDracula and join us in-person in Philadelphia! 

Museum Exhibit: Dracula and the Incorruptible Body

Now on view through May 2023!

Peer into a coffin-shaped exhibit to discover how people in the Victorian era would have identified a body as more than a corpse—as a vampire! Inside this new case exhibit, the Mütter explores how folklore, embalming and funerary practices, and the misunderstanding of diseases like tuberculosis, led to post-mortem identifications of ordinary citizens as vampires in the 19th century.

 

UPCOMING YEAR OF DRACULA EVENTS:

Blood Drive with the American Red Cross

Saturday, January 7, 2023
10:00 AM–3:00 PM

Location: Mütter Museum

Donate blood at the Mütter Museum. Don’t worry about bringing your pointy teeth – the American Red Cross will be running the show. Donors earn free Museum admission on a future date.

Stay tuned for more information!

The Gothic Science of Dracula: A Literary Seminar Series

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 & Wednesday, February 22, 2023
6:30 PM–8:30PM

Location: Mütter Museum

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2023 & Wednesday, March 22, 2023
6:30 PM–8:30PM

Location: The Rosenbach

A four-evening course led jointly by the Mütter Museum and Rosenbach Museum & Library exploring the intersection of science and literature, through the lens of Dracula. At the Mütter, we’ll learn how exhumed bodies were identified as vampires and examine how science blended with the occult in the 19th Century. At the Rosenbach, using first editions of the novel and Bram Stoker’s own manuscript notes, we’ll analyze how science was incorporated into the book and what this means for how vampires developed in the years since Dracula was published.

Stay tuned for more information!

Film Screening: Thirst

February—Date coming soon!
Location: Mütter Museum

Valentine’s Day film screening of Thirst, a Korean horror masterpiece. In this tale of forbidden love and bloodlust, a catholic priest is turned into a vampire and falls passionately in love with his best friend’s wife, with dramatic consequences.

Stay tuned for more information!

Film Screening: Interview with the Vampire

May—Date coming soon!
Location: Mütter Museum

Join the Mütter Museum for a screening of the 1994 film “Interview with the Vampire.” A San Francisco reporter interviews Louis de Pointe du Lac (portrayed by Brad Pitt), a morally-afflicted vampire who recounts the tragic story of his life and his dysfunctional vampire family with Lestat (played by Tom Cruise) and the child-vampire Claudia (Kirsten Dunst).   

Stay tuned for more information!

PAST YEAR OF DRACULA EVENTS:

Historical Happy Hour: Dracula & Physiognomy: The Science of Face Reading

Wednesday, October 12, 2022
6:00 PM–7:00 PM

Location: Virtual

Mütter educator Kevin Impellizeri delivers a talk on physiognomy (“reading” a person’s face), the alleged science behind it, the role it played in Dracula, and the surprising ways that it still influences popular culture today.

Silent Film Screening: Häxan: Withcraft Through the Ages

Sunday, October 16, 2022
5:30 PM–9:15 PM

Location: Mütter Museum

Screening of Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages, complete with a live score from Not-So-Silent Cinema! This 1922 Swedish horror-documentary masterpiece explores witchcraft, demonology, Satanism, and the persecution of women in the Middle Ages.

Members Only: Drinks with Dracula at The Woodlands

Thursday, October 20, 2022
5:30 PM–7:30 PM

Location: The Woodlands, 4000 Woodland Ave, Philadelphia

The week before Halloween... tiptoe through The Woodlands Cemetery after dark to find your way into an unconventional location. You'll enter into an intimate Dracula-themed happy hour with pop-up exhibits. Then, settle in for a dramatic reading of Chapter 16 of Bram Stoker's legendary novel, Dracula by actors from West Philadelphia’s Curio Theatre.

Dracula’s Parlor at Mischief at the Mütter

Friday, October 28, 2022
7:00 PM–10:30 PM

Location: The Mütter Museum

During the annual Mischief at the Mütter event, experience a Dracula pop-up exhibit, a vampire-themed specialty cocktail, and surprises.