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Penn Museum

3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (University City)
215-898-4000
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Ranked #23 of 293 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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Shrewsbury, Ma
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

Looking for 3000 year old mummies? Jewlery from Pompei? The Rosetta stone? Bones from the Lucy skelton? A 200 year old Indian headress? Look no further. The quantity, quality and variety of artifacts is staggering. It is impossble to see everything in just a few hours. The professional display of every item makes this museum a must see in Philadelphia.... More

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Phila
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76 reviews 76 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This museum has an Artifact Lab where you can see a conservationist working on restoring artifacts and ask questions. There is an Ancient Egyptian section with a giant sphyinx and columns with hieroglyphics that I love. You can see artifacts from Italy, China, Africa and Israel to name some. A cafe and gift shop are inside. Food trucks and restaurants... More

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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64 reviews 64 reviews
40 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Me and my husband visited the Penn Museum yesterday and we really enjoyed there. The museum is in the University City and if you have not been there, it is a good reason to go and enjoy not only the museum but the Academic city as well. The museum is smaller than I expected but has very nice collections and... 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

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
10 helpful votes 10 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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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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79 helpful votes 79 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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