The Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia encourages the public to appreciate the mysteries and beauty of the human body while understanding the history of diagnosis and treatment of disease. The Museum displays its preserved collections of anatomical specimens, models, and medical instruments in a 19th-century "cabinet museum" setting. In addition to long-term displays, museum staff organize short-term exhibitions and commission artists to make work inspired by museum holdings.
An audience-centered project explores complex questions around respect, consent, and ethics related to the Mütter Museum’s interpretation and display of human remains. Through a variety of public discussions, focus groups, and interviews, the museum gathers direct feedback from museum visitors and community members—in addition to guidance from experts in areas such as public health, medical history, and race and disability studies—to consider its future interpretative and exhibition practices.
The total grant amount represents project funding plus an additional 20% in unrestricted general operating support.