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Penn Museum

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Address: 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone Number: +1 215-898-4000
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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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Visited with adult son

Beautiful museum, laid out well with lots of space between exhibits to view without bumping into others. The rooms were a bit warm, but overall the visit made up for the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful museum, laid out well with lots of space between exhibits to view without bumping into others. The rooms were a bit warm, but overall the visit made up for the temperature.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Exhibits were definitely more scholarly than most museums. Would have liked to have seen more, but considering the museum belongs to an academic institution, it was worthwhile. Favorite part was the Far East gallery. Did not get a chance to do the Midas exhibit, but had a great time.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a world class museum for lovers of anthropology. I love to take my grandchildren here to see the collections from various cultures. Of course, they always want to see the mummy collections first.

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Stamford, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Penn is a compact MMA from NYC. It is much more manageable in a visit of hours, while the MMA requires days. The Penn is like a generous sampler, with sufficient scope and depth to satisfy most art and history interests. It does not overwhelm, but, entertains and educates, and, sometimes, less is more.

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Warminster, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016 via mobile

I would have rated this venue five stars but it was outrageous what they changed for their parking. Having to pay twelve dollars on the weekend was over the top. Then you add the admission costs and extra for the Midas exhibit it was very expensive for a couple hours. The exhibits were very well done. The Egyptian area brought... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

My visit to the Penn Museum was part of an evening business event. The venue was lit beautifully with food and drinks presented in the auditorium area. Music groups were in the entrance way and the Egyptian exhibit area. Guests were able to enjoy food and drink in safer areas and then wander through the exhibits throughout the evening. There... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Many interesting artifacts at his museum, including Egyptian mummy related items, Ancient Greek and Asian statues. Good place to visit while in Philadelphia.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

I come here every 3-4 months. I end up spending a good 5 hours each time. The Egyptian section is especially good.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016

The Penn Museum is in University City (West Philly) and has fascinating collections from ancient civilizations - Assyrian, Persian, Egyptian, Etruscan, Greek, Roman, etc. You could spend all day touring the galleries with well-done displays. A special exhibition, "The Golden Age of King Midas," runs until November 27, 2016. It contains statuary, jewelry, furniture and more unearthed from tombs. You... More 

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Warrington, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016

We have not been here in a few years and we were unaware that there had been a MAJOR redesign. Which seems to have removed an amazing amount of artifacts. We kept looking for old favorites which were nowhere to be found and entire parts of the world have now vanished- where did all the Oceana and Arctic exhibits go?... More 

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