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Penn Museum

3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (University City)
215-898-4000
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Ranked #20 of 276 attractions in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

One of the unsung museum heros of Philadelphia. My favorite place to visit as a child, 'the mummy museum.' Love going as an adult too.

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Working in museums, I may be biased, but this place is how every museum should be. Imagine a "museum" in your mind, the image that should come up is this type of place. Some absolutely extraordinary collections. This place is way underrated, which is nice in that there aren't millions of tourists swarming around. But you can definitely spend an... More

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san diego
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

University is a pretty nice place to visit and museum was very good also. So many stuff to see, go there when you have enough time.

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Union, New Jersey
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70 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

I was visiting Philly with a friend and although I have visited Philly at least 20 times, I had never been to this museum . . . . there are so many things to see in Philly. . . . . . I was amazed. We spent almost 3 hours and could have been there longer but our parking meter... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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33 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Finally persuaded my family to come with me. They loved the exhibits. Too much to take in at one viewing. Very diverse presentations. Kids loved the mummies. Me too.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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25 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

The Penn Museum displays artefacts from several ancient civilizations: Egypt, Rome, Etruscan, Ur, China, Mesoamerica. Much of the museum's collection was dug/discovered by Penn-sponsored archaeological expeditions at a time (late 1800s to early 1900s) when places like Egypt and Iraq still allowed archaeologists from Europe and the U.S. to take home some of the things they found. Today, most countries... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

There are four main parts in this museum. I love the China one. You will see the most beautiful and second largest crystal ball there. There are also two horse sculptures and lots of other valuable things. They are history and deserve people's respect.

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Houston, Texas
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

I walked across the street to this museum after I finished a traveling workday at U Penn's hospital. I LOVE the sphinx! Permanent exhibits are so exciting, because I couldn't see that anywhere but at that museum. Additionally, I got both a student and hospital visitor discount for admission!

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Potomac, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014 via mobile

This is a very nice museum that touches on many country's past times and uprisings. I recommend this museum over all the rest; except for the mutter museum, that museum was awesome. We learned a lot as well as looked at beautiful artifacts that seemed quite well kept.

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Trieste
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21 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Honestly, before visiting I did not expect that this museum was so good. I have particularly appreciated the sections about the Alaskans and the Native Americans, the one about the Middle East archeology, the Egyptian and Chinese sections, etc. All items are well displayed and documented. Highly recommended.

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