Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is home to today’s “Museum of the Day” – the Mütter Museum, one of the most unusual and surprising museums that is part of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.
America’s finest museum of medical history, the Mütter displays its beautifully preserved collections of anatomical specimens, models, and medical instruments in a 19th century “cabinet museum” setting. The goal of the Museum is to help the public understand the mysteries and beauty of the human body while appreciating the history of diagnosis and treatment of disease.
The Collection began as a donation from Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter, who was determined to improve and reform medical education. The donation stipulated that the College had to hire a Curator, maintain and expand the collection, fund annual lectures and erect a brick building to house the collection. Since 1858, the College has held true to its promise to Dr. Mütter. Today the museum enjoys steadily rising international popularity, including a recent documentary on the Discovery Channel and two best-selling books.
I love the museum and will definitely make a trip to Philadelphia to see this one again, and to take in all the cultural organizations in one of my favorite cities in the United States.
Tuesday’s “Museum of the Day” is dedicated to kids. This museum is one of the country’s best examples of an environmentally friendly museum.
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh became one of the largest Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified museums in the country in 2006, on the heels of a major expansion which included the renovation of the adjacent former Buhl Planetarium. The project’s design and construction practices used sustainable principles such as water conservation, energy management, waste management, reusing resources emphasizing the use of recycled materials and improving indoor air quality. A significant percentage of the wood used was from sustainable forests, over 50% of all materials were locally manufactured and/or harvested, and the contractors recycled 50-75% of building materials. Reusable building systems such as doors, handrails, light fixtures, and marble panels were salvaged and made available for resale to the general public through a unique partnership with Construction Junction.