Mutter Museum Field Trip
PB’s junior cosmetology students learn about some really tough academic subjects. Anatomy and physiology is one of the most difficult of the theory subjects. To help students have a better understanding, teachers and students take field trips to Philadelphia to visit the Mutter Museum. The Mutter Museum is a medical museum that contains a collection of medical oddities, anatomical and pathological specimens, wax models and antique medical equipment. Here the students get real life visuals of what they are studying in their textbooks.
The Mutter Museum is found on 22nd street between Chestnut and Market Streets. It houses some amazing discoveries. Without giving away too many of the museum’s treasures, the class that visited most recently recommends the following suggestions to look out for when taking a tour:
- Fairytales are just stories or are they? Students were surprised to find the character Rapunzel was real and had a medical syndrome named after her. Alice from Alice in Wonderland had hallucinations and the Mad Hatter character was reality based.
- Students couldn’t believe what some people ate and how clothes could completely change a person’s shape.
- There are also exhibits on Einstein’s brain, a shrunken couple and an excessively tall man as well as a display of over 100 skulls.
- The “soap lady” is a particularly amazing and strange find. Research shows how soap is made and makes people think about what’s in the human body that could make the body transform.
If you have a few hours to spare, go online and print the museum’s scavenger hunt and compare it to some of our above findings. It’s a great resource and adds to the fun of the visit.