Currently celebrating its 150th anniversary is the Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia located in Philadelphia, PA. The Mütter Museum (pronounced MOO-tur) is the premiere museum of historical medical specimens, instruments, and oddities in the United States. Notably, the museum contains the Hyrtl Skull Collection, an impressive assemblage of 139 human skulls which were collected by celebrated anatomist Josef Hyrtl for the study of variations in human anatomy. The museum is also involved in an ongoing research project on the "Soap Lady", a woman whose corpse deteriorated into adipocere or "grave wax", to investigate the circumstances of her death. But the exhibition I'm most interested in is Grimms' Anatomy, which displays real-world examples of the sometimes grotesque deformities and injuries that afflict fairy tale characters. Y'all know how much I love my monsters.
Not only does the Mütter Museum have the aforementioned exhibitions, but they also have a medicinal plant garden (currently closed for work on a neighboring building), host the annual Mütter Ball, boast an informative and interesting YouTube channel, AND have the most badass gift shop I have ever seen. All they need to do is plant some atropa belladonna (aka Deadly Nightshade) in that garden, and then I'll be happy.
If you're like me and love grotesque, medical oddities then go check out The Mütter Museum. Field trip anyone?