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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
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New York City, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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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16 helpful votes 16 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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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Each time we've been, we've had a great time! The Egyptian Collection is outstanding but it is really the breadth of the entire museum that is impressive. It's certainly a world-class institution. Would highly recommend to others.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

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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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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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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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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24 helpful votes 24 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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