Be a Tourist Right Here in Philly

We all know Philadelphia is an awesome place to live and work. And now, even more out-of-towners may be flocking to check out our city, as National Geographic recently named Philadelphia to its prestigious Best Trips for 2020 list—and we’re the only U.S. city that made it! The magazine’s write-up touted a visit to our city as a way to “rediscover an American classic,” and while tourists are welcomed to do just that, local residents should also get in touch with Philadelphia’s storied history—and there are plenty of ways to do so right near your 1500 Locust apartment!

One of the must-see sites that National Geographic mentioned is the Mutter Museum, one of the city’s most historic museums, yet also one of its lesser-known sites (but it stands out as one of the most unique spots both tourists and residents can find in Philly!). The museum dates back to 1863, when it was established to showcase the collection of medical marvels rounded up by Dr. Thomas Dent Mutter, a biomedical researcher who specialized in studying some of the world’s biggest medical breakthroughs. In his studies, the doctor came upon scores of medical oddities and the museum has significantly built upon his collection since, now housing more than 20,000 items.

The objects run the gamut, from preserved and record-breaking tumors to real tissue taken from John Wilkes Booth to slides of Albert Einstein’s brain—the collection is eye-opening for those fascinated with history and science, but the squeamish may want to wait out the tour in the gift shop! If you can stomach the full experience, though, you can take in floors of medical mysteries, learn about the biggest milestones in the fields of science and medicine and see firsthand how today’s innovations were built on these breakthroughs.

The museum, located six blocks from your 1500 Locust apartment, also hosts traveling exhibits, lectures, film screenings and social events throughout the year, so make sure to check the events calendar before scheduling your trip!

Mutter Museum

19 S. 22nd St.

Philadelphia, PA 19103