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Penn Museum

3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (University City)
215-898-4000
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Ranked #17 of 281 attractions in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Athens, Greece
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95 reviews 95 reviews
44 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

The strength of the museum is that its collections largely come from its own archaeological excavations and thus the artifacts have real contexts nd provenance ... unlike art museums where most ancient finds have been ripped from their contexts by looters and smugglers of various sorts.

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philadelphia
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119 reviews 119 reviews
35 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

Tucked away across the street from historic Franklin Field and alongside the Schuykill Expressway, this museum would seem to offer scant opportunity for exploration. But, once inside, a visitor will spend hours examining the interesting pieces from ancient cultures that have been displayed and effectively arranged here.

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North Wales, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2011

Enough information for the student of history but appealing to anyone without a detailed knowledge. The Egyptians and their mummies, the Etruscans and many other groups are represented.

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St. Helena, California
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105 reviews 105 reviews
31 attraction reviews
215 helpful votes 215 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2011

This museum is dense with artifacts and cool ones that you would never think would be in a small museum on UPenn's campus. I would highly recommend visiting this museum, in fact, we like to go here at least once a year. The layout is nice, and you can see all of the artifacts in 4 hours or less. The... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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104 reviews 104 reviews
73 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2011

There is sooo much to see in this museum. It takes at least a whole day to really go through all that is in this museum. I highly recommend a visit or two or three.... As stated in previous reviews, the museum is set up geographically. Three gallery floors feature materials from Egypt, Mesopotamia, Canaan and Israel, Mesoamerica, Asia and... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2011

Enjoyable for a day-trip, but don't make it the centerpiece of your day... enjoy the food around it, however! great places!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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82 reviews 82 reviews
7 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2011

I was in Philadelphia for a conference earlier this month and one of the activities organized by the conference committee was the chance to do a tour of the Penn Museum. I didn't know anything about the museum and thought it might be fun to explore. There were about 10 people in our group and we were treated to a... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2011

Definately worth the trip to University City. It may seem small but there are a lot of great treasures if you are interested in archeology. You wont encounter as many tourists or crowds compared to the Art Museum which makes the visit more pleasureable.

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Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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56 reviews 56 reviews
6 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2011

The museum is divided geographically which we thought worked great. Many of the sections had large artifacts with interesting writing from throughout the ancient world. Our favorite was the Egyptian section. I was impressed by the number and size of the artifacts. The sphinx was neat but just because it's the 3rd largest doesn't mean its anywhere near the size... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2011

Very comprehensive, unpretentious, reasnably priced museum at UPenn

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