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, 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 explorations 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), monumental ancient Egyptian statues of pharaohs and officials, Buddhist sculptures from China and Native American regalia.
Don’t miss the chance to marvel at the elegant gold, lapis-lazuli and carnelian jewelry worn by the Queen Puabi circa 2550 BCE in the city of Ur.
The renowned Egypt Galleries feature art, artifacts and mummies from 5,000 years of ancient civilization. Classical World galleries feature ancient Greek and Italian treasures, while other noteworthy galleries include objects and the stories they tell from Asia, North America, and Canaan and ancient Israel.
The Artifact Lab: Conservation in Action invites guests to watch conservators at work on everything from mummies to ancient pottery.
A new suite of Middle East Galleries takes guests on a 10,000-year journey from the earliest villages and towns to increasingly complex cities. Treasures from museum archaeological excavations in what is now Iraq and Iran include clay cuneiform tablets with some of the world’s earliest writing, stone monuments, alabaster serving dishes and the 4,500-year-old jewelry of a Mesopotamian queen.
Highlights in the museum's Middle East Galleries include Mesopotamian Queen Puabi’s 4,500-year-old ornate headdress and crowning jewelry.
— Photo courtesy Eric Sucar/Penn Communications
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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