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Penn Museum, Philadelphia

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4.5/5 based on 300+ 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.
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  • I come here every 3-4 months. I end up spending a good 5 hours each time. The Egyptian section is especially good. 
  • The Penn Museum is in University City (West Philly) and has fascinating collections from ancient civilizations - Assyrian, Persian, Egyptian, Etruscan, Greek, Roman, etc. You could spend all day touri...  read more »
  • We have not been here in a few years and we were unaware that there had been a MAJOR redesign. Which seems to have removed an amazing amount of artifacts. We kept looking for old favorites which were ...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Am amazing and beautiful museum! We were lucky enough to be able to get married in Lower Egypt. Our ceremony (in front of the Sphinx Statue) will always be a memory never to be forgotten. Our memories are accompanied with gorgeous photos that are breathtaking and much different than regular wedding pictures. If it wasn't for Stefanie helping us plan our wonderful day, none of it would have been possible. She was attentive, informative and extremely helpful. We look forward to spending more time in the museum, taking in all of the new and upcoming exhibits and always remembering the very special day the Penn Museum played in our lives. Thank you.
  • One of the best museums I have ever visited. Lovers of ancient history and archaeology will greatly enjoy this place. The Egypt section alone makes this worth a visit.
  • The museum is easy to navigate, has wonderful collections, is great for kids and is open to researchers upon request.
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