University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia

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The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology — commonly called Penn Museum — is an archaeology and anthropology museum that is part of the University of Pennsylvania. It is located on Penn's campus in the University City neighborhood of Philadelphia.HistoryAn internationally renowned educational and research institution dedicated to the understanding of cultural diversity and the exploration of the history of humankind, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology—which has conducted more than 300 archaeological and anthropological expeditions around the world—was founded during the administration of Provost William Pepper. In 1887, Provost Pepper persuaded the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania to erect a fireproof building to house artifacts from an upcoming expedition to the ancient site of Nippur in modern-day Iraq (then part of the Ottoman Empire). During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, North American and European museums regularly sponsored such excavations throughout the Mediterranean and Near East, sharing the ownership of their discoveries with the host country. Penn Museum followed this practice in acquiring the vast majority of its collections, and, as a result, most of the Museum's objects have a known archaeological context, increasing their value for archaeological and anthropological research and presentation.Today the Museum's three floors of gallery space feature materials from the ancient Mediterranean World, Egypt, the Near East, Mesopotamia, South and East Asia, and Mesoamerica, as well as artifacts from the indigenous peoples of Africa and Native America. Since 1958, the Penn Museum has published Expedition magazine. The excavations and collections of the Museum provide resources for student research and the Museum hosts the Graduate Group in the Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World.
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  • This is a really cool museum with tons to see including a Sphinx statue. The only drawback was that most of the exhibits were not air conditioned and it was very hot in there when we went in June. The...  more »
  • Amazing galleries, Egyptian, China, Buddhist, Native American and more. To think in 1930 this and the Natural History Museum in London where the best two in the world. Beautiful old building it is ash...  more »
  • We have visited this museum twice with the kids. My tween daughter, who is studying Greece, Egypt, etc in school and loves Indiana Jones loves visiting this museum, along with my wife. My son and I ge...  more »

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