Osteological (Skeletal) Specimens

The Mütter Museum has more than 3,000 osteological specimens in its collections. These specimens represent illness, trauma, and normal anatomy. Many were prepared around 150 years ago as teaching aids. 

Fully articulated skeletons, single bones, and everything in between are on display. The collection has many examples of the major public health concerns of the 19th century, such as Pott’s disease (skeletal tuberculosis).  

Perhaps the most famous skeleton on exhibit at the Mütter is that of Harry Eastlack, the only fully articulated skeleton in North America with Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP). Another notable skeleton is that of the Mütter American Giant. At 7'6" tall, this is the tallest skeleton on exhibit in North America.

Some of our most popular osteological specimens on display are the Hyrtl Skull Collection, our forensic anthropology exhibit, Reading the Dead, and our corset skeleton, featured in the exhibit The Price of Beauty

The Mütter Museum helps the public appreciate the mysteries and beauty of the human body while understanding the history of diagnosis and treatment of disease.

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