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Penn Museum, Philadelphia

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Expand your knowledge of the human experience through the archaeological and anthropological artifacts displayed at Penn Museum. This site, formally known as the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, houses over one million artifacts from around the world, making it one of the most significant university collections in the United States. Plan time to visit the museum, which has carried out over 300 international expeditions, and view exhibits from Africa, North America, South America, Mesoamerica, China, and Egypt. You'll have the opportunity to view artifacts from Iraq, which comprise what is considered to be the museum's most important collection, including the Royal Tombs of Ur. The museum has a long heritage: it was founded in 1887, and its library was established in 1900. To visit Penn Museum and get the most from your holiday in Philadelphia, create itinerary details personal to you using our Philadelphia online trip itinerary builder .
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  • We loved this Museum! It is an archaeology and anthropology museum that is part of the University of Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1887 and the building is very beautiful. The exhibits were beautifu...  more »
  • This museum is often left in the shadows of the more week known museums but it is well with a visit. Their permanent collection is excellent and the special exhibitions are also very good. Usually no ...  more »
  • The Penn Museum advertises a lot. I was under the impression with UPenn’s long history that th museum would have more of a collection. They have one or two displays of Egyptian art that is noteworthy,...  more »
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  • I'm honestly really disappointed in this museum. I have been to Harvard, Yale, and Princetons' museums, and this one was a huge let down. Some of the exhibits are, of course, amazing, however, it is under construction. Hopefully this means they are improving, but beware! We went and payed full price for a museum that was half under construction. There was no warning or discount for what felt like half a museum. Also, their African exhibit was a humiliating joke. It spent more time bragging ABOUT what they have instead of actually exhibiting it. It was incredibly disrespectful to a place with such rich cultural history. A humiliating example of more western arrogance.
  • Went for a field trip and the tour guide was very nice with the children. All the employees were very nice. The guy from the shop pointed out that nearly all of the items from Egypt were made in Egypt, not China. They also have an Artifacts Lab where you can watch conservationists at work and they will describe what they're doing, why it needs to be done, and answer questions about the process. On the downside, there is construction around the building and it looks like they may be using pay off the parking as a staging area, so finding a spot was a pain. Inside they are beginning a five year renovation so what is on display for the next five weeks might disappear and may or may not come back after the reno. Some of the improvements are in the restrooms, so they will likely be more ADA accessible.
  • Although part of the University of Pennsylvania the Musrum is open to the public with admission or membership. It us smaller than many similar museums. As explained on its website it is,also sunder some construction for expansion (eg a Middle Eastern section). While my specific goal was visiting the Etruscan section for some research, (which I greatly enjoyed) I also visited the Canaan, and the Japan and China sections. I was impressed by the amount of information in the Etruscan and Canaan sections but thought there could have been more background in the Japan/China.
  • This is one of the best anthropological and archaeological museums in the world. If you're thinking of going, you won't be disappointed. There is a cafe, gift shop inside and a parking garage next to it. Be sure to check out the Sphinx and crystal ball!
  • I was pleasantly surprised at both the size and the quality of the collection on display. Although they are currently undergoing extensive renovations, that's no reason to pass up on a trip to check things out. My daughter loved the koi fish out front and the Egyptian and Chinese exhibits.
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