This is a terrific museum to visit to understand the history and culture of ancient civiizations and countries. There are sections on Egypt, China, Japan, the Middle East and other areas. There is a section on Native Americans, especially Hopi and Zuni. I had not been to the museum in years, because I live a distance away, but I am still amazed at how interesting the mummy exhibit rooms are.
The building is a historic place itself, built at the end of the 19th century, right on the Penn campus, across from Franklin Field. There is metered parking and parking lots in the area, but it might be easier to get there by public transportation. The bus stops right by the museum and the subway stop is only a few blocks away.
I was going to eat lunch at one of very good food trucks in the area--there are over a dozen within a few blocks of the museum, but it was getting late, so I opted to eat in the museum cafe. A lovely, glass enclosed place overlooking gardens on both side. Food was very good and not expensive. A small bowl of excellent minestrone soup was $3.50
(the bowl was a good portion for one person), a very large, tasty bagel was $1.25.
My only complaint about this great place was trying to read information about the exhibits in some areas. At times, the lighting was so low, that it could not be read. In other places, information was in the back of glass enclosed cases and was printed so small that it could not be read. This is a problem that some other museums have--one wonders if the curators ever tried to read that information themselves.
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