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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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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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Mighty Museum

Excellent and very accessible archeological exhibits. Only issue was that some exhibit layouts did not historically flow from one culture to another. For example the human history... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Excellent and very accessible archeological exhibits. Only issue was that some exhibit layouts did not historically flow from one culture to another. For example the human history setup was up in the back and out of the way of all the other exhibits. I suggest that the exhibit be placed at the entrance to the first floor. Otherwise the materials... More 

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Meriden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

In the university area, this museum houses artifacts from many cultures. The architecture of the building is beautiful .the grounds have 2 fountains, and a coi fountain. The museum houses the third largest sphinx in the world. There is an artifact lab where artifacts are stabilized for display. The staff is willing to answer questions and explain artifacts. You can... More 

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Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Everything you could want in a museum visit can be found here! I absolutely love this place and will return for sure. Take your time and leisurely take in the sights - a lot of care has been taken with this wonderful place. Every detail is attended to and appreciated. I tell everyone about it!!

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Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Penn Museum had some very interesting exhibits. I really enjoyed the Egyptian areas. The gardens were pretty but it was just too hot to really check them out. I do think that parking is difficult and overpriced, but that seems to be normal for Philadelphia.

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Thank mdn74
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is definitely worth exploring. Well documented so you know what you're looking at. Go to the Egyptian section. One problem was no air conditioning.

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Thank Lawrence2300
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

make sure you find the egyptian exhibit in the lower level. You have to go through the small door in the gift shop to find the lower level - and judging by how busy (or not) this area was during our visit, not too many people do. The architecture is good and helps to show life of the wealthy in... More 

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Thank David M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to see the Magic in History exhibit. If you know your comparative religion or a lot of superstitions you will see numerous parallels though history and cultures in the items exhibited here. During our visit, some of the exhibit rooms had AC, some were using pedestal fans. They gave a complimentary bottled water with ticket. You can see... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

Absolutely the best museum in the region for Archaeology and Anthropology. From the Morton Skulls, to the Sphinx, to the Crystal Ball, to the Ram in the Thicket, this museum has world-class exhibits in every room. This is not a small museum either - there are 3 floors of objects and exhibits to peruse. Make sure you stop by the... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

Walk up the steps into the garden and you'll know immediately there is something magical about this building. Walk into the Museum and you'll be captured by the exquisite architecture from another time. Walk around the galleries and you'll be in awe of this world-class collection of artifacts...beyond extraordinary! The Asian galleries are amazing! Such a rich collection, showcased in... More 

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West Orange, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

This is a large world class museum, filled with antiquities from around the world. Definitely stop here.

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