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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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  • The Penn Museum was a real hit with the Egyptology fans in our family. The collection is well curated, and the guard/docent took the time to teach us some hieroglyphics that added to our enjoyment of ...  more »
  • Have been a couple times and not really seen everything in detail. This is a surprisingly big museum with large Egyptian and Greek/Roman sections in addition to several others. There are some very lar...  more »
  • If you go here you're likely doing it for their Egypt collection which is one of the best I've ever seen, The Chinese/Japanese collection was also very good. The big highlight here was probably the Sp...  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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Most of Philadelphia's hotels cluster around the compact city center, ensuring quick and easy access to major tourist sights and activities. The only drawback to staying in this area is the lack of free parking, so if you're exploring by car, considering booking into a bed and breakfast in one of the city's residential blocks. Visitors planning on longer stays can also consider several apartment hotels, offering spacious furnished units with complimentary Wi-Fi, free bike rentals, and access to rooftop terraces.
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