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Morbid Anatomy Philadelphia Field Trip including The Wagner Free Institute, The Mutter Museum and The Rosenbach Library
Morbid Anatomy Offsite
Philadelphia , PA
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Morbid Anatomy Philadelphia Field Trip including The Wagner Free Institute, The Mutter Museum and The Rosenbach Library

Date: Saturday, April 25th
Cost: $100 (includes ground transportation in Philadelphia and all museum admissions and tours.)
Time: 10:30am - 5.30
Starting and Ending Location: Philadelphia Greyhound Terminal (1001 Filbert St, Philadelphia, PA 19107)
Attractions: The Wagner Free Institute of Science, The Rosenbach Home and Library, and The Mütter Museum with tour guide Lord Whimsy!  
Please note: This price DOES NOT cover bus transportation between New York and Philadelphia, or meals. please email laetitia@morbidanatomymuseum.org with questions

Join Morbid Anatomy for a field trip of wondrous frolics in "The City of Brotherly Love," including a private view and tour of untouched 19th century natural history museum The Wagner Free Institute; a visit to the Rosenbach Home and Library; a stop at the incomparable Mütter Museum; special tour guide Lord Whimsy; and "deluxe transportation" in a yellow school bus!

Our first stop will be the incredible Wagner Free Institute of Science, a natural history museum founded in 1855 and left virtually untouched for over a hundred years, where we will enjoy a private view and special private tour. Following will be a stop to The Rosenbach Home and Library, former home of 19th century rare book dealers Phillip and Dr. A. S. W Rosenbach; here we will take in the historic house, the permanent collection and the  exhibition "Everything is Going on Brilliantly: Oscar Wilde in Philadelphia." And, as no trip to Philadelphia would be complete without a visit to the Mütter Museum, our last stop will lead us to The College of Surgeons and its legendary medical and pathological collection.

Throughout the day, our delightful guide will also share with us his favorite Philadelphia sights, and regale us with stories of the secret, fascinating, bizarre and sometimes tragic history of the city.

Also: Although this is only a day trip, we highly recommend that all attendees stay over night and make a weekend of it.  Every participants will also receive by email our Morbid Anatomy Guide to Philadelphia with our favorites museums and collections, antique stores and affordable hotels!

More about our destinations and tour guides:

The Wagner Free Institute of Science:
While just entering the Wagner Free Institute of Science's Victorian building is a treat, this is only a precursor to the vast, 100,000-specimen filled museum on the brightly-lit second floor still arranged according the original plan of its founder, 19th century merchant, philanthropist, and amateur scientist William Wagner. Here, you will find stuffed birds and small animals in antique glass cases, mysterious drawers filled with ancient and dusty specimens, and complete articulated skeletons of larger animals including a buffalo and an English draft horse.
The animal exhibits may be more prominent, but you won't want to miss the many cases of minerals, insects, shells and, especially, the fossils. There are oddments that are fascinating without being bizarre  mastodon teeth, huge corals, rattlesnake hides, and the labels explain how science has changed since the museum's creation in the Victorian era.

You also won't want to miss the perfectly intact 19th century lecture hall, complete with magic lantern projector and teaching skeletons.

The Rosenbach Library and Museum
Tucked away among the elegant 19th-century town houses near Rittenhouse Square, The Rosenbach Museum & Library houses one of the world's great collections of manuscripts, literature and rare books.
A list of just a few of the treasures amassed by the Rosenbach brothers is amazing in itself  Lewis Carroll's personal copy of Alice in Wonderland, a first edition of Don Quixote, James Joyce's handwritten manuscript for Ulysses, and the earliest extant letter from George Washington  but the real treat is to see all of this within the context of the Egyptian statuary, Persian rugs, 18th-century furniture and Thomas Sully paintings that graced the 1860s mansion during the Rosenbachs' lifetime.
The library contains more than 130,000 manuscripts and 30,000 rare books; the museum boasts the largest U.S. collection of miniature portraits painted in oil on metal.

The Mütter Museum
The Mütter Museum is a riveting storehouse of the anatomically strange. The Museum's display of 20,000 provocative items is designed to give a beneath-the-surface perspective of what physicians study.
Within the Museum, you'll find a wide smattering of abnormal body parts preserved in fluid. You'll encounter skeletal formations  like that of a 7'6" man  that don't seem quite possible. Diseased and enlarged organs are tastefully displayed within glass and oak cases.
For the sake of comparison, illustrations of normal anatomical formations are cast in wax, plaster and papier mâché throughout the museum.
Connections to the famous include Marie Curie's electrometer, Dr. Benjamin Rush's medicine chest and, most spectacularly, the death cast of Chang and Eng, the original "Siamese Twins," whose autopsy was performed in the museum.

Logistical Details :
Our bus will pick us up at 10:30am from Philadelphia's Greyhound Terminal (1001 Filbert St, Philadelphia, PA 19107)

Make sure to bring some lunch and snacks as we won't do any actual lunch break.
11am: Private visit and tour of the Wagner Free Institute
1pm -  Visit to the Rosenbach Library
4pm -  Visit to The Mütter Museum
Our bus will pick at 5.15pm from the Mütter Museum and will drop us off back at the Greyhound Terminal. We'll be at the Bus Terminal around 5.30 so make sure to book your trip accordingly.


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Philadelphia , PA 19103
United States




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