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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. Make Penn Museum part of your personalized Philadelphia itinerary using our Philadelphia holiday planner.
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  • it has exhibitions of Egyptian, Asian, Continental American Indian, some European. It has 3 stories, but not too big that needs a whole day to visit. It would be even better if there were less groups ...  more »
  • Nice, although the text with the displays is aimed at the ten-year old level. A bit simplistic for adults, but still nice.  more »
  • Its near university, Nice place, OK collection. Nice garden to hang around. Mummies collection is OK but not as good as British museum in London. 3 floor, a cafeteria, helpful staff. Good for children...  more »
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  • Attended a gala here, and had a really great time! The food was better than expected and it was very cool to be around all the artifacts. I love their outdoor courtyards as well. Very relaxing.
  • Fabulous Museum, Intriguing Collection I'm so glad I made the choice to visit Penn Museum. The Egyptian collection alone was well worth it. The archeological exhibits are awe-inspiring. The atmosphere is magical. I also enjoyed the Canaan exhibits immensely. The China and Japan area is interesting too. Very impressed.
  • Great early kingdom Egyptian exhibits, that probably need to be returned to Egypt at some point.
  • One of my favorite museums. It isn't located on Museum Row, so I fear it is missed by most visitors. But you'll find a beautiful, diverse museum with stunning permanent exhibits. Their Egyptian hall is worth a visit alone. Make this one of your must-visit museums when in Philadelphia.
  • Not a huge museum, but you could easily spend a whole day here. Fantastic exhibits.