The Penn Museum offers a special double ticket with the Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, good for discounted admission to both Museums. Now, a new permanent exhibition at the Mütter Museum offers another great reason to take advantage of this deal.
"Broken Bodies, Suffering Spirits; Injury, Death, and Healing in Civil War" considers Philadelphia's medical role in the American Civil War. On trains and steamboats, tens of thousands of wounded and sick soldiers arrived in the city, to be cared for in local hospitals. What was it like to fight, to become sick or injured, to take care of the wounded? What was it like to live side by side with men from towns and country, to camp, march and fight, without wholesome food or enough sleep? Why did people—especially women—volunteer to work day and night to relieve the suffering of soldiers? What was it like to miss home or die alone?
This new exhibition at the Mütter Museum explores these questions, using artifacts, anatomical specimens, and illustrations from the College's and other collections to tell the story. An interactive experience even enables visitors to visualize what it would be like to have an arm amputated! To find out more, visit their website.
Visitors can continue their exploration of the American Civil War in the Penn Museum's current exhibition, "Black Bodies in Propaganda: The Art of the War Poster," on display through March 2, 2014. The show is based on a unique collection of posters, collected and curated by Penn professor and PBS History Detectives host Tukufu Zuberi. It features posters representing more than a century and a half of American history—including numerous works focused on the Civil War era, which depict the valor of African American soldiers during the war.