From skulls and bones to preserved body parts, the Mütter Museum brings anatomy class to a whole other level. For more than 150 years, people have visited the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, institution to see its collection of medical specimens.
“Our bodies are filled with some interesting stuff. Sometimes it goes right, and sometimes it goes wrong,” says Robert Hicks, the museum’s director. Today you see a doctor when you get sick. If you have an infection, you take medicine. But it wasn’t always like that. Until recently, little was known about how the inside of the human body worked. Although early doctors did a pretty good job with their limited knowledge, a small injury—like stepping on a rusty nail—could be lethal.