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My Family Trip Up to the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Updated on January 3, 2018
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Alex has taught at two public schools, been accepted into two honorary societies, and traveled the Americas and Europe. He has his A.A.

The College of Physicians in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The College of Physicians in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

I remember watching as my mother and sister were viewing a Matthew Santoro video on Youtube's platform. I believe that it was one of those top ten videos.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Anyhow, one of the items of his mention was a place near us. We live in Maryland, and Matt talked about a freaky museum in Pennsylvania. I was ready to take the trip!

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

I just hoped to get my family on board. I had made a decision, and I always do what I plan to get done. I told my Mom that I was going. She, loving Matt's videos and the strange and the weird, was very ready.

Some more of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Some more of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This was still so even after I rushed her. My mother has a very big and warm heart. Her patience is especially amazing at times.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

My brother and sister decided to tag along - the boys in one car and the girls in another. It was official; we were going to take a family day trip! We only have so many opportunities to make memories with our families, so I recommend being the source of the synthesis of such times whenever possible.

First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

I will not state too much about the trip to and from, but it was very long. On Jun 30, 2015, me and my brother road in my 1994 dark green Ford Lincoln Town car. Man, do I miss that boat of a car. She was also a lady magnet, believe it or not!

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

One of the best parts about walking through Philadelphia, PA (much like strolling around Baltimore, MD) is all of the historical and fantastical structures! The city is just gorgeous and mesmerizing; I loved it so much!

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

After a little bit of searching and walking, we finally find our destination at 19 South 22nd Street. We did have to pay for parking, but that is certainly not unheard of in a big city! To be super honest, the parking was still tight. However, after all of that driving (about two hours) - we were fine with what we had! We were just happy to be able to finally park!

Me inside of the Mütter Museum
Me inside of the Mütter Museum

Once in the museum, we purchased our tickets. I got a discount on behalf of being a student myself. We were informed that we couldn't take photographs past a certain line - hence the absence of photos of the inside.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The museum had so much crazy stuff! From sliced brains and jarred baby fetuses, to medieval texts and Civil War medical utensils. The museum is filled to the brim with the gross, interesting, and the unusual!

Now, as many may be curious; yes, we did get a chance to look at the giant colon. One of the more notable displays in the museum is a preserved megacolon. This large intestine belonged to a gentleman with Hirschsprung's disease. Like many of the exhibits, it was both sad and strange.

A garden in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
A garden in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. My favorite part of the experience was just being able to share time and memories with my family.

A garden in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
A garden in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

On the way back to the cars, we got the chance to meditate on the wonderful views which were all around us. Philadelphia truly is a beautiful city! Of course, I wanted to take some more pictures before we made the long trek home.

Another beautiful day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Another beautiful day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The drive home was indeed long as well. But, we were all happy to be able to go inside and relax after an exciting day. We all had a great time, although after hours of driving and walking - we all were more than happy to be home again at last.

Me in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Me in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

I certainly recommend the Mütter Museum for anyone with a curious mind and a strong stomach! And, I really do emphasize the thing about a strong stomach.

A photo my brother took for me on our ride home
A photo my brother took for me on our ride home

For more information about the Mütter Museum, feel free to make use of their website linked below. I have also included a map below for the convenience of my readers.

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Mutter Museum:
19 S 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA

get directions

What do you guys think about the Mütter Museum? Have you ever been there? Do you enjoy going there? Would you appreciate being able to take photos of the inside? Please let me know all of your thoughts and more in the comments section!

© 2017 Alexander James Guckenberger

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    • Guckenberger profile imageAUTHOR

      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      11 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      You're welcome hun. :)

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      Peggy Woods 

      11 months ago from Houston, Texas

      I would probably never have known about it except for reading your post on the subject so once again, thanks!

    • Guckenberger profile imageAUTHOR

      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      11 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Peggy, that's great advice! I will probably put up a video soon. And, I am very pleased to have introduced you to the museum. It's one of the more interesting ones!

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      Peggy Woods 

      11 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks for introducing me to the Mütter Museum. I had never heard about it but now want to find out more about it. It must all be health and medical related items inside from what you wrote. Sounds interesting!

      I found quite a few YouTube videos on the subject. Just watched one from the Travel Channel. You might want to consider adding one to your post. Will keep people on your page longer and add even more information about what is inside this museum.

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