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Penn Museum

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Open to all, the Penn Museum is home to remarkable objects and powerful stories that emerge from its extraordinary expeditions across the world. Discover captivating stories of humankind, from the very first cities of the Middle East to the kings of...more
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3260 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6324
University City
+1 215-898-4000
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum was ok. Some artifacts were interesting but others were just fillers. I say that because some items just had the name but no story or information about it. I do think it was a little over priced for what I got from it....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Gustavo G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Collection from around the world largely acquired during colonialist times that should be returned or displayed for free for impoverished Philly residents. Much like the antiquities of the British Museum much of the collection was taken from countries and native peoples during times of their...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank AndrewBowers
Reviewed 18 December 2018

Recently,I spent a delightful enriching day in the Middle Eastern Galleries of the Penn Museum.The University of Pennsylvania has supported so many archeological projects throughout the world,including wonderful archeological discoveries in the ancient city of Ur in present day Iraq.Impressive items on display in the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank margatemensch2016
Reviewed 15 December 2018 via mobile

The Penn Museum definitely didn’t disappoint. I was able to visit the Rome and Egyptian exhibits. I was visiting for a school project and honestly got overwhelmed because i wanted to see the whole museum. Those two exhibits had engaging information and displays. I plan...More

Date of experience: December 2018
5  Thank QuackerzDaTraveler
Reviewed 10 December 2018

Are into seeing REAL artifacts / art / textiles / even architecture from antiquity? This is an overwhelming place when you ponder what you are actually observing. A very large statue of a sphinx, re-carved in 1279 BCE, Painted beautiful Egyptian scene on sandstone from...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Steveage
Reviewed 5 November 2018

The museum is well done, but as a layman I needed a bit more information than what was provided, but no fear--my husband was able to fill in some of the gaps for me. I did feel that the Egypt exhibit was lacking

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Victoria M
Reviewed 4 November 2018

Quite a small museum but has some amazing artifacts. I love all things Ancient Egypt but this museum also had amazing exhibits from the Americas and Asia. Well worth a visit!

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Amy P
Reviewed 30 October 2018

A really well-maintained, diverse collection of artifacts that was so interesting. I am an ancient history nerd and loved the Greek/Roman exhibits. The Middle East exhibit is excellent but Egypt was kind of thrown together and there was almost nothing in the Asian section. I'd...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Guide08330688021
Reviewed 28 October 2018

Though not as well advertised as Philly's older and more venerable institutions, Penn's Museum displays ancient antiquity in an intimate and personal fashion. From ancient Egypt to ancient Sumer, and traveling along the antique silver road, the Penn Museum us a must for guests of...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Anne-Marie P
Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile

I have always been an avid fan of Ancient Egyptian Art and exhibits and found out there was a Sphinx exhibited in the Penn Museum and went for mothers Day. I loved all of the exhibits as they were all unique and interesting. The Ancient...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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9 November 2017|
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Response from T P | Reviewed this property |
You are not allowed to use a flash in the museum. To do a photo shoot, you would definitely have to get permission of the museum. The artifacts they have in there are thousands of years old and irreplaceable. I'm sure they... More
Jay T
24 August 2017|
Response from Elisabeth B | Reviewed this property |
Amtrak will take you to 30th St. station and you would have to take a taxi to the Museum - public transportation is complicated
21 June 2017|
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Response from T P | Reviewed this property |
It depends on how interested you are in ancient cultures. I would say someone with LITTLE interest could still easily spend an hour in this amazing museum. A person with A LOT of interest in ancient cultures should expect to... More