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Penn Museum

Address: 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (University City)
Phone Number: 215-898-4000
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Ranked #30 of 550 things to do in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Owner description: If you want to find your mummy, or, for that matter, Buddha or shards...
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Type: Museums
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 NEW

Wonderful venue with lots of rooms of different eras. We thoroughly enjoyed talking to the people working on mummys. Took a visiting friend here & he was most impressed.

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Orlando, Florida
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60 reviews 60 reviews
34 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

We stopped there on a road trip to NY from FL. I'm from Philadelphia and I've never been there before...or even knew they had an exhibit there. We were surprised to see how great the collection is and how many exhibits they have. We took our time and enjoyed everything. We had some food at their cafe. It was good... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

If you're in Philadelphia and have an interest in history, archaeology, anthropology, or you just think ancient Egyptian mummies are neat, you don't want to miss the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, right on the edge of the University of Pennsylvania campus, across the Schuylkill River from Center-City. Housed in the Penn Museum is the stuff Indiana... More 

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New York City, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

The Penn Museum is a classic archaeological museum from a different era, when Penn and other universities had robust programs and well-funded digs around the world. (Indiana Jones?) As a result, they have a small but excellent collection in ancient Egyptian, Levant, and Mesoamerica (e.g., Aztec/Maya/Inca/Olmec). Other areas are also represented. The collection is relatively static, but they host a... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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38 reviews 38 reviews
25 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

If you are interested in history or architecture or archaeology, this is the place for you. Its collections are innumerable and its displays are well curated. I think this might be my all time favorite museum. If you have the opportunity, take one of the tours or classes/lectures and you won't be disappointed.

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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108 reviews 108 reviews
23 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I were in town for the holidays and are soon to travel to Egypt so we were interested in seeing the Egyptian portion of this museum. Have been here several times in the past and always enjoyed it. Since we have been studying some history of ancient Egypt in preparation for our trip, we found the artifacts... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

We booked the Chinese and Egyptian halls for our awards evening. Perfect setting, great atmosphere and great staff

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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208 reviews 208 reviews
50 attraction reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We have been there many times for the First Wednesday of the Month lectures on various acheological and historical topics. Passing through the displays, they are very good, but mostly unchanging. It is worth a couple of hours if you are in the area. The Septa Regional Rail has a "University" stop within a block of the museum.

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California
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1,070 attraction reviews
616 helpful votes 616 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Who'd have thought to find such a great anthropology museum in a city mainly associated with all things American? Expensive parking.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

There are always changing but timely exhibits. Members discovered King Tut's tomb so you know how historic and significant their work is. Our out of town guests want to go back the next time they visit.

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