Skulls, steampunks & seasonal discounts: Philadelphia wedding venue The College of Physicians

By on Jan 27th

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What does the the birthplace of American medicine and a collection of historical skeletons have to do with your wedding? Well, if you're getting married in Philadelphia… then I may have just described your perfect offbeat wedding venue — The College of Physicians!

We've got some fascinating facts about this venue (what famous scientist's brain is stored here?), tips for the perfect reception (no dancing required!), and a discount on your wedding at The College of Physicians. Just take my bony hand…

The College of Physicians is a beautiful Beaux-Arts style building, located in Philadelphia's Rittenhouse-Fitler Historic District, that has the unique distinction of being home to the oldest medical society in the country AND to the renowned Mutter Museum.

Instead of awkward getting-to-know-you small talk, your guests could bond over private tours of the Mutter Museum — featuring the remains of folks like John Wilkes Booth and President Grover Cleveland. There's also a collection of skulls and skeletons from the beginning of human history, medical instruments, and OMG! Albert Einstein's brain!? These museum tours are the perfect built-in solution for those of you planning a dance-free reception.

Now, for those of you DO want to dance your ass off all night, The College of Physicians makes the perfect ballroom-type venue. Unsurprisingly, we're told that the College of Physicians is a super popular spot for Steampunk weddings, so of course they won't bat an eye at your weird and/or wonderful wedding schemes.

…I mean, check out this cake. CLEARLY they've seen some awesomely unusual weddings in their day!

I'm not going to mince words: this is not an inexpensive location to get hitched, but The College of Physicians does offer discounts for offbeat couples planning their weddings during the off-season or on non-typical wedding days. (We know lots of you love your Sunday weddings, and your winter weddings…)

So if you're in Philadelphia, and you're dreaming of an outlandish and whimsical venue filled with curiosities and science, contact them before your date gets booked up!