The Mutter Museum of the History of Medicine in Philadelphia is one of the main contenders for the role of the most eccentric and macabre museums in the world. It was founded in 1787 at a local college. The museum has a unique collection of most terrible physical abnormalities that can happen to a human body.
Thomas Mutter, the creator of these blood-chilling, but incredibly interesting collections, wanted to prove that medicine --was both science and art. The museum displays an amazing exhibition of deformed bones, internal organs, wax models of various pathologies and many other incarnations of most horrible nightmares.
Many compare the American museum to the Museum of Curiosities in Russia's St. Petersburg. Not all of its artifacts are real: many deformities and body parts are made of wax, but preserved bodies and organs strike imagination, showing visitors a realistic picture of life. Looking at some of the displayed exhibits can be hard. This is a heartbreaking sight and visitors may experience a psychological shock.
But the picture of the anomalies of the human body is extremely attractive from an intellectual standpoint. It provides an answer to one of the most interesting questions about the nature of man.