A million objects — including art and artifacts from around the globe — are housed at the Penn Museum, one of the world’s finest archaeological and anthropological museums.
From stone tools and household items to architectural monuments and rare art objects, the museum illustrates the story of humanity’s history and achievements.
With materials from ancient Egypt, Asia, Africa, Mesopotamia, the Americas and ancient Greece and Italy, the Penn Museum explores the world — all under one roof.
Founded in 1887, the Penn Museum has sponsored worldwide scientific expeditions which have yielded new knowledge, and continue to do so. Many of the art and artifacts on display come from early expeditions: Sumerian cuneiform clay tablets (with some of the world’s oldest writing), architectural elements from the 3,200-year-old palace of the Pharaoh Merenptah, towering ancient Maya stone monuments, evocative masks from West Africa, Buddhist sculptures from China and Native American regalia.
Don’t miss the chance to marvel at a 13-ton granite sphinx that towers over the collection of Egyptian artifacts.
A suite of Classical World galleries features ancient Greek and Italian treasures, while other noteworthy galleries include objects and the stories they tell from Africa, Asia, Central and North America.
The Artifact Lab: Conservation in Action, invites guests to watch conservators at work on everything from mummies to ancient pottery.
The renowned Egypt Galleries feature art, artifacts and mummies from 5,000 years of ancient civilization. Marvel at a 13-ton granite sphinx — the largest in the Western Hemisphere — on view now through July 9.
Admission to the museum is free for kids five and under.
— Photo by Visit Philadelphia
While the museum requires guests to buy tickets, admission is free for museum members, active U.S. military personnel, kids 5 and under, and PennCard holders (University of Pennsylvania faculty, staff and students).
The Penn Museum focuses on research and public engagement.
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