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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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While in Philly for doctor's appt.s & medical tests, I often have a few hours to kill between appt.s or tests so I'll head on off to a museum or other lighthearted, unscheduled... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2012
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2012

While in Philly for doctor's appt.s & medical tests, I often have a few hours to kill between appt.s or tests so I'll head on off to a museum or other lighthearted, unscheduled places & Philly's many museums are akin to finding diamonds among asphalt. The Penn Museum always has something new & interesting to discover & you can always... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

Various galleries include collections from ancient Egypt (the best!), Africa, Mexico, Japan, China, etc! Picture-taking is allowed. At times, there are traveling exhibits, so I suggest you contact before you visit. There's a very pretty garden with a fountain and a pool. So, when visiting Philadelphia, don't forget to stop by.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

Other museums here are more famous and better known. But this gem is splendid, all the more so because it is semi-undiscovered. There are crowds, especially for an exhibit like the Mummies from China which put this place on the map a while back. But it is generally less crowded than the big attractions ans so, all the more delicious.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

Although the museum is despairately in need of a big grant or contribution to give it a much needed facelift, the ancientness of the building and physical plant actually contributes to the sense of the antiquities you interact with and study as a visitor to the museum.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2012

Penn museum has many nice pieces of art. Can't compare to Philadelphia Museum of Art but it's kind of impressive that this place is operated by Upenn. The downside of this place is some rooms don't have A/C. It's not a good idea to visit this place during the summer.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

At the time of this review, tickets were $10 per person. Penn Museum is an outstanding value in today's economy, given the amount of artifacts and upkeep it must take to maintain such a historic building and contents. The early civilizations sections (Babylonian, Egyptian, Mediterranean, Near East) are outstanding. You can stand mere inches from a sphinx and intricately carved... More 

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Bala Cynwyd
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

Great building, amazing collections. Compared to the Met archeological collection, this unpretentious museum is extremely complete. Unfortunately, when there is a temporary exhibit, they do like space and hide permanent stuff that you might want to see.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

Nice area, but will cost you money to go in. Parking was very hard to find, the street parking costs about $2/hr but with a 2-3 hour limit, so you'll have to keep coming back to the parking.

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cherry hill, nj
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

The Penn Museum harkens back to a time when universities thought it was ok to go around the world, excavate, and then bring the treasures home. Sometimes a bit pedantic, sometimes a bit dusty, it has great and varied collections. You can spend an hour or several.

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Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

If you are visiting the University of Pennsylvania, take an hour or two to visit this very nice museum with pieces from around the world. Always too much to absorb in one visit.

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