Trip Planner:   USA  /  Pennsylvania  /  Philadelphia  /  Museums  /  Penn Museum
Penn Museum, Philadelphia
(4.5/5 based on 320+ reviews on the web)
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.
Create a full Philadelphia itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Philadelphia

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Philadelphia by other users

16 days in United States BY A USER FROM BELGIUM July, culture, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 36 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Philadelphia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, kids, outdoors, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: December, kids, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 3 days in Philadelphia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in United States, Canada & Kuala Lumpur BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in United States, Canada & Malaysia BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Atlantic City, Philadelphia & Washington DC BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Philadelphia BY A USER FROM PUERTO RICO December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 22 days in United States BY A USER FROM INDIA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 7 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, culture, relaxing, romantic, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, relaxing, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 26 days in United States BY A USER FROM INDIA May, kids, popular PREFERENCES: May, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Exhibits were definitely more scholarly than most museums. Would have liked to have seen more, but considering the museum belongs to an academic institution, it was worthwhile. Favorite part was the F...  more »
  • This is a world class museum for lovers of anthropology. I love to take my grandchildren here to see the collections from various cultures. Of course, they always want to see the mummy collections fir...  more »
  • The Penn is a compact MMA from NYC. It is much more manageable in a visit of hours, while the MMA requires days. The Penn is like a generous sampler, with sufficient scope and depth to satisfy most ar...  more »
Google
  • 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.
  • I was visiting my mother at the nearby hospital and was wondering about the museum. Not only was the attendant very accommodating with the price, but I found some of the most marvelous collections of archeology and anthropology i have ever seen. The building itself is beautiful and now I am going back for a very interesting lecture series. Overall one of THE best museums in Philadelphia
  • For a University Museum? Well done. Some unique exhibits and I enjoy how they showcase Penn's contributions to the field. Worth spending a couple of hours, especially on a hot summer's day. A place you go back to now and again.
  • This place is one of the best museum in philly because it has so many things to learn from about cultures from around the world. What I liked most about this musium is that, they have tour guides, and any question you got they answer it all.
  • Such a cool place!! This was by far one of the best places we visited while living in PA. Soooo so so much history and it was just absolutely packed, wall to wall, floor to ceiling with incredible artifacts. There's something here for everyone and the interactive exhibits were a nice touch. Easy to get to, decent parking structure around the corner and peaceful.