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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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  • This is an amazing museum. We spent A LOT of time here. Staff very nice. Large section on Native American artifacts, African artifacts. You could easily spend 3-4 hours here but can also see what you ...  more »
  • Both of the times I've been here were on class assignment, but that doesn't mean it's not worth visiting while your in Philly. Located right across the street from UPenn's stadium and around the corne...  more »
  • I’m convinced that Indiana Jones worked here. A visit to this beautiful old-fashioned building (with some modern additions) will take you on a tour of the ancient world. You can see sphinxes and Egypt...  more »
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  • Not a big museum but had some very nice pieces. The section on mummies was really fascinating. They had a forensic approach: with xrays and analysis of possible causes of death, all very well explained in detail. No AC it seemed. The halls were very warm.
  • 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.
  • This amazing space is not visited enough by locals and visitors. There's amazing art within, but requires patience to walk through and appreciate.
  • 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.
  • Has some really cool exhibits that all focused on archaeological information and artifacts from different regions in different eras.

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