Mütter Medical History Museum Reopens

One of the last iron lungs is on display at the Mütter Museum. This awesome machine was vital to saving the lives of polio victims before the introduction of polio vaccine.
One of the last iron lungs is on display at the Mütter Museum. This awesome machine was vital to saving the lives of polio victims before the introduction of polio vaccine.

Philadelphia’s unique Mütter medical museum is opening again for in-person tours, seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  

Located at 19 South 22nd Street, the Mütter invites us to explore the mysteries of medical science and treatment of disease.  In these areas doctors, nurses, and scientist in Philadelphia were pioneers from the earliest days of our country.  

For instance, in 1751 Benjamin Franklin opened the first American hospital and 14 years later, the University opened the first medical school in the American Colonies.  Children’s Hospital (CHOP) was the first care facility devoted to the treatment of children’s illness in the nation.  The Wistar Institute was the first private research laboratory, and the College of Pharmacy, now the University of the Sciences on Woodland Avenue opened its doors in 1821.

All these achievements can be followed on one of the Mütter’s informative tours.   Advance reservations and tickets are required and can be arranged online visiting its website at http://muttermuseum.org

The website also lists the wide range of virtual tours – providing an excellent preview of what to focus on when visiting in person. 

All current COVID-19 guidelines are in effect for in-person tours of the Mütter:  Facemasks, social distancing and hand washing are required for the safety of others. 

(Information for this article was taken from a Mütter Museum press release and from its website).

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