The Atlas Obscura Guide To Philadelphia
68 Cool, Hidden, and Unusual Things to Do in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Updated February 2, 2023
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6 Fascinating Medical Marvels in Pennsylvania
In the 1700s and 1800s, Philadelphia was the center of medical scholarship in the United States. The city not only attracted the brightest minds, but also the most curious cases and characters. From the oldest quarantine facility in the country to a museum that memorializes a traveling dental circus, here are six places to marvel at the trials, errors, and triumphs of medical history in Pennsylvania. As the pandemic continues, we hope this virtual trip helps you explore America’s wonders. If you do choose to venture out, please follow all guidelines, maintain social distance, and wear a mask.
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Stories About Philadelphia
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Podcast: Eastern State Penitentiary
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The World's Most Fascinating Displays of Preserved Brains
The mind is a terrible thing to waste.
Including Cushing Brain Collection, Mammalian Brain Collection, and Brain Museum