Mutter Museum’s Skin Exhibit: Our Finest Clothing: A Layered History of Our Skin

The Mutter Museum in Philadelphia has an Exhibit called Our Finest Clothing: A Layered History of Our Skin, which is a curated collection of skin. The skin is displayed for a multitude of reasons, ranging anywhere from from medical to cultural.

If you haven’t noticed from my blog, I’m just a tad bit obsessed with skin. In particular, I love learning about skin conditions. Especially ones that hit close to home.

The Exhibit highlights the physical structure of the skin with an artistic flair. One of the coolest features is the 3D wax molds. They’ve preserved serious skin conditions such as; small pox, leprosy, skin cancer and gangrene which are really helpful to medical students today.

Another cool skin collection they display are tattooed skin.

The best part, they feature a donated jar filled with skin from a woman who suffered from dermatillomania (a skin-picking disorder).

I’m curious to see if any of the previous skin conditions in the jars could be linked to eczema/atopic dermatitis.

“It is hard, sometimes, to show an anatomical/physical example of a mental disorder to the public in a way that engages and stimulates them to learn more about it. This jar of skin grabs people’s attention and they stop and read the label and learn about this disorder and how it affects people’s lives.”

From slides of skin cancer to graphic illustrations, this Exhibit seems very compelling and will be added to my bucket list of places to visit.



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