Museums are places of history, culture, and stand as testaments to the development and growth of civilizations and nations around the world. However, there are museums in the world that take it even further than that. There are numerous peculiarities and oddities in this world, and many of these have shaped the culture and even created subcultures many can relate to, and ultimately ended up in specialized museums around the world.
Some of these peculiarities are, in fact, not only strange but also quite terrifying. Since human nature is so complex and layered, some of the deepest desires and urges resulted in creating things and contraptions too scary to think of. Well, some people are ultimately drawn to the mysterious occurrences and not even scared by the look of dead bodies, dissected brains, and baby mummies.
One of the museums that has been voted as one of the world’s scariest is the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia. This museum of medical history houses medical rarities that will surely give you goosebumps as you walk through its exhibitions. Let’s learn more about the Mütter Museum and what makes it the scariest museum in the world.
About the Museum
The Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia is a museum of medical history and one of the most excellent medicine-inspired museums, despite its scary nature. It was first established with a donation from Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter in 1858 and, ever since that time, it has been unnerving its visitors with the selection of medical oddities, anatomical specimens, antique medical equipment used in real operations, and wax models.
The official goal of the museum is not to scare you senseless, but to provide the public with the opportunity to learn more about the medical science and understand the mysteries of the human body and how the history of diagnosis and treatment of disease evolved.
The museum is visited by an average of 130,000 people per year, and its visitors enjoy the exhibition and don’t seem much perturbed by seeing a sliced-off face, for example.
Everything in the museum is displayed in the 19th-century “cabinet museum” setting, particularly the medical instruments and specimens. There are both permanent and special exhibitions that contribute to your feeling of being disturbingly informed.
The most famous of all the artifacts on display might be Einstein’s brain that was dissected into 240 blocks and the tissue was cut into 1,000 microscopic slides and distributed to scientists around the world.
Other famous artifacts include the largest ever colon in the world that once had 40 pounds of feces in it. Also, there is a remarkable Joseph Hyrtl Skull collection that has 139 skulls that Hyrtl studied in order to link the size of the cranial area of the skull to intelligence and prove that racial differences caused anatomical differences.
Furthermore, you can gawk at the Soap Lady, which is, in fact, a name for the exhumed body of a woman that is covered in a fatty substance called adipocere that resembles soap.
Whether or not you wish to be scared off by the horrific medical artifacts from the human history, the Mütter Museum will undoubtedly make you wonder about what’s out there and how nature can be both beautiful and intimidating at the same time.