The Mutter Museum In Philadelphia Has Einstein’s Real Brain

by Suchismita Pal
The Mutter Museum In Philadelphia Has Einstein’s Real Brain

All those who love to hear spooky stories, brace yourselves! We’re about to tell you about a museum in Philadelphia that has stocked up body parts of dead people, that also includes the brain of the German physicist Albert Einstein. Run by the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the Mutter Museum has a collection of more than  20,000 anatomical and pathological specimens, out of which only 13% are on show. Apart from the real specimens, the museum also boasts of some unusual wax models.

The Brain That Has Lived The Time

Weighing 2.7 pounds, Einstein’s brain is the most impressive display in the museum. As the educators say, despite the fact that Einstein died at the age of 76, his brain still looks like the one of a young man. No doubt that geniuses are born with special powers, and the scientist had the memory as his forte. It is stained with cresyl violet, encased in a glass case and kept in the museum’s main gallery. On that note, check out this creepy challenge by England Yorkshire Museum.

Mutter Museum

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Conjoined Liver Of The Siamese Twins

Other than the brain of Einstein, the Mutter Museum has oodles of other exhibits that can inspire your awe. Noteworthy among them is the plaster of Paris cast conjoined liver of the Siamese Twins. The two brothers, Chang and Eng Bunker, were joined to each other throughout their lives from their liver. They were even known to have travelled the world with a sailor.

The Soap Lady And The Skulls

Another creepy yet intriguing display of the museum is the body of a woman who was dug out in Philadelphia in 1875. This specimen is popularly known as the Soap Lady. What’s more, it also has an encased liver of a woman who used to wear a corset. It shows the detrimental effects of her body-hugging corset on her liver. The space of the museum that can tingle our spines the most is the one loaded with 139 human skulls that were acquired in 1874 from the Viennese anatomist Joseph Hyrtl. It’s one of the weirdest museums in the world that you must visit.

Mutter Museum
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Virtual Touring

The Mutter Museum offers occasional virtual tours. Walking through its interiors, it gives an idea about the wonders of human anatomies online. As an add on, they also have special members-only deals. So, while lazing out in your bed these quarantined days, turn online and explore the museum to experience that eerie feel. Meanwhile, did you know about this hidden ghost town in India?