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“Great collection”
Review of Penn Museum

Penn Museum
Ranked #36 of 438 things to do in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: If you want to find your mummy, or, for that matter, Buddha or shards of old pottery, look for this museum in the heart of the University of Pennsylvania campus.
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great collection”
Reviewed 12 May 2014

Absolutely loved the fact that there was an emphasis on ancient civilizations. The sarcophagus is definitely a must-see it's huge! Egypt, Greece, Rome, etc all the bases were covered. Interesting pieces and overall great place to visit.

Visited October 2013
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New Jersey
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“The cherry on the icing of the Philly cake”
Reviewed 3 May 2014

Awesome museum!... big enough to gather important pieces from Ancient civilizations ( Egypt, China, Rome, Greece, Africa) but not as huge that you´ll feel overwhelmed in one visit..There are several must-see inside this building...This place is a highlight in the City of Brotherly Love!

Visited April 2014
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Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2014

Across from the old Franklin Field is very easy to arrive there by public transportation. The museum itself is very large, hosting 3 floors of exhibits. Besides the stairs, there are elevators and each exhibit is marked on the map/brochure they give you. There are also students and faculty rooms in the adjacent building. Large cafeteria and well-stocked gift shop. I do suggest you take note where you entered as I needed assistance to find the door of which I entered. Because of the large interior, it is very easy to get lost...even a seasoned veteran!! The staff were very friendly, museum clean inside and out. A fountain filled with gold fish centers the outside atrium with benches to sit and relax for a while. On exhibits when I visited: American Indians, Egyptian mummies, ancient Rome, Greece, Africa and Mexico/Incas were among the fascinating artifacts and many young students visit here for school projects with interactive exhibits as well. An A plus in my book.

Visited April 2014
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Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, United States
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“Penn Museum”
Reviewed 16 April 2014

One of the unsung museum heros of Philadelphia. My favorite place to visit as a child, 'the mummy museum.'
Love going as an adult too.

Visited February 2014
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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“What Every Museum Should Be!”
Reviewed 31 March 2014

Working in museums, I may be biased, but this place is how every museum should be. Imagine a "museum" in your mind, the image that should come up is this type of place. Some absolutely extraordinary collections. This place is way underrated, which is nice in that there aren't millions of tourists swarming around. But you can definitely spend an entire day here alone. Also, the museum cafe is very good and affordable, a pleasant surprise.

Visited June 2013
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