Documentary of an unusal nature: New film premiers at Mutter Museum

    It’s not often you get to see a documentary about the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia, but it’s also not often a visit to the Mutter Museum leaves you without feeling a little surprised.

    The story of the museum is being told by identical twin brothers Timothy and Steven Quay in their new documentary “Through the Weeping Glass: On the Consolations of Life Everlasting (Limbos & Afterbreezes in the Mutter Museum).”

    The twins, who grew up in Philadelphia, tell NewsWorks reporter Peter Crimmins they remember visiting the museum in 1968.

    The brothers returned to the Mutter Museum in August of last year to shoot footage of its artifacts, including pathologically damaged flesh and the skeletons of abnormal fetuses.

    One of the brothers called the museum an “open cemetery.”

    The documentary, which premiered Thursday at the Philadelphia College of Physicians, is headed to New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

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