Designed to resemble a huge, sprawling cabinet of curiosities, the museum contains more than 20,000 medical specimens. Popular attractions include the tallest skeleton on display in North America, slides of Albert Einstein’s brain, the shared liver of “original” Siamese twins Chang and Eng, and the preserved body parts and corpses of some of America’s most infamous circus freakshow performers. Each human abnormality featured in the museum is displayed alongside a drawing, photograph or wax model of its corresponding normality, making a visit here both educational and startling—though definitely not for the squeamish.
You can tour the museum independently—maps and scavenger hunt guides are available online to download before your visit. The museum is also a stop on many hop-on hop-off sightseeing tours, making it easy to squeeze in a visit among Philadelphia’s many other attractions and museums.