University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia

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4.2/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web
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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  • WOW! I loved this museum! The Egyptian exhibit is truly incredible, hands down better than many city museums. The Wooley collection discovered in Ur. I was stunned to see the gold ram caught in a thic...  read more »
  • This is a great way for almost everybody to learn about past civilizations and current cultures. The building is also worth seeing with it's marble stairways and red-brick designs. They don't build bu...  read more »
  • We visited the Museum on the occasion of the exhibition "The Golden Age of King Midas" which was organised by the University's excavators of Gordion in Turkey. It comprised very impressive bronze vess...  read more »
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