Dispatches Little Museum of Horrors

The Mutter Museum was closed on Halloween. But in many ways, it is Halloween at the Mutter every day. The first-time visitor is confronted by macabre marvels: monstrously misshapen skulls and skeletons, fetal remains of offspring that could never be human, shadowy effigies of things that went bump in the night. The Mutter's polished wood, gleaming brass rails and dark oil paintings suggest the library of a wealthy if eccentric 19th century aristocrat. But when professor Thomas Dent Mutter bequeathed his collection to the College of Physicians of Philadelphia in 1856, he intended it as a teaching aid, a guide to...

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