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Penn Museum

3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (University City)
215-898-4000
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Ranked #23 of 288 Attractions in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Museums
Traveler Description: Officially known as the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the Penn Museum, with nearly one million artifacts from... more »
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Orlando, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

I was so impressed by the Penn Museum. The building itself is beautiful, but what I found inside was more than I expected. Their collection of ancient archeological treasures is one of the best I have seen. I got a two ticket deal when I went to the Mutter Museum (also a must see) and the deal for two is... More

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Fraser, Michigan
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Our college-aged sons had a wonderful time, wandering the museum and enjoying the exhibits. They are running a special through the summer months, where admission is $10/adult.

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Seattle, Washington
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Channel your inner archeologist, and you'll enjoy this place. Relatively small museum, but there is plenty to see here. Everything is arranged by region, and well displayed throughout the museum. Some of the more interesting exhibits were the collection of Egyptian mummies, as well as a working lab where conservators were actively working. Also, there is a sphinx on display... More

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Huntington, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Very very cool stuff with mummies and ancient Roman and Near Eastern artifacts--very un air conditioned exhibits--we were able to talk to a conservator. Food selection was meh--not a lot of "kid friendly" options.

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Walnut Creek, California
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17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The grounds were lovely, and the various collections were certainly quite impressive and well-presented with context for the more casual visitor. If you've ever had an interest in archaeology, this is the place! A unique aspect, compared to other (larger) museums, is the "lab" area in which conservators/curators are in the process of examining various items (such as mummies!) realtime.

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North Plainfield, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

self guided tour with wide variety of history - great for independent thinkers - bring own lunch limited opportunities in building - numerous outside - great for history and art enthusiasts

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Dunedin, Florida
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

I was overwhelmed and so excited to see relics from global digs: Armana in Egypt. I have been fascinated by that too brief area. You have art and artifacts and historical treatises and structures. Items are well lit and well labeled. I shall return again and again.

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Marblehead, Massachusetts
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Decided to go to this museum with my 8 year old son, purely because it a direct train ride and that it was not far from home. We got the Regional Train to University City and across the street and a few yards up South Street is Penn Museum. During the months of July/August the admission is $10 per person,... More

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Tampa, Florida
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158 attraction reviews
191 helpful votes 191 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Very nice exhibits! My son was especially impressed with the door that was used in the Harry Potter movie.. You could spend hours in here looking at all of the exhibits

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Williamstown, Massachusetts
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Arriving later in the afternoon, we practically had the museum to ourselves, and what a nice collection of exhibits it has. Artifacts from the Middle East, Egypt were especially good. Good explanatory information accompanied the exhibits and the timeline of recent history of Iraq was clear, concise, and helpful for me. There was also a good collection of native American... More

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