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Penn Museum

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Address: 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone Number: 215-898-4000
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Description: If you want to find your mummy, or, for that matter, Buddha or shards of...
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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Wonderful institution albeit in dire need of refurbishment in some areas

With all the money Penn University has they should spend some of it on this wonderful establishment. Great collections but many housed very badly. Especially the Greek. Also... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

With all the money Penn University has they should spend some of it on this wonderful establishment. Great collections but many housed very badly. Especially the Greek. Also clearly not adding much to the museum which makes it a one time visit when it should be so much more. That said...its worth visiting that once!

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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 997 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Learning that this is TripAdvisor rated #36 of 560 things to do in Philly, I thought it was a traditional art museum. True, there are statues and other mediums of art, but those are archeological artifacts, but the accompanying photo clearly indicates this is an anthropology-archeology museum. There’s one ancient skeleton almost six feet long. It has well-formed teeth suggesting... More 

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Philadelphia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

this is one of the great archeological/anthropological museums in the world. From the dawn of civilization(Royal Tombs of Ur, in ancient Sumer and place the patriarch Abraham left), to old and new kingdom Egypt, Rome and Greece, the ancient Near East, Meso-America, South America, Africa and to South East Asia. As a 11 year old in the mid 1950s I... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

It's honestly one of the worst museum I've visited. It's almost like a collection of the things that you would skip in metropolitan museum of art. It's poorly arranged in most parts as well. If you visit Philly, Barnes foundation and Philadelphia museum of art are much more impressive. If you're interested in Egyptian collections, I'm sure you'll be much... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

If you like ancient artifacts and historical record, worth going here. A major focus on what is exotic and ancient. Awesomeness of time and culture.

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Depok, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

This museum got tons of collections. Spend almost 3 hours just to circling around and yet it seems to be not enough. I like the Egypt gallery where they put the sphinx and also the interactives tool media where you can access the information. Also for the excavation process and the mummies history. Very friendly staff that will explain to... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

From the helpful, enthusiastic young woman at the admissions desk (ask for Kat's recommended greatest hits) to the a-MAAAAA-zing exhibit on the excavation at Ur to the beautiful Japanese and Chinese artifacts, I enjoyed this quirky museum immensely.

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Granville, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Personally, I really enjoyed this museum. Disclaimer, I'm a political science major. The museum is very impressive and has a lot of artifacts. The Chinese and Egyptian sections were the most expansive and also my personal favorites. (They have a sphinx!) However, I do admit that it was a bit much for my friends after awhile. History buffs and the... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

The Penn Museum is part of The University Of Pennsylvania archaeology and anthropology museum . It is located on Penn's campus in the University City neighborhood of Philadelphia They have very interesting finds from ancient culture like for Iran, Irak and Egypt.Take your kids for a tour it worth it a lot.

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Rego Park, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

This is an amazing museum with a number of high-profile treasures. The down side is that the displays look like they are from the 19th Century, with old fashioned, darkened rooms, and scattered exhibits. One of the great jewels of the collection is the material from the Ancient Near East, a result of extensive excavations. Unfortunately, because of the terror... More 

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Address: Address: 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone Number: 215-898-4000
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > University City
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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