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Penn Museum

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Address: 3260 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6324
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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An okay to good visit.

I feel like there are more impressive museums. Kids will prefer the Franklin Institute, but I'd still go here. I enjoyed their Egypt exhibit, but the native American exhibit was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Shelby Township, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very impressed with the collections. Even have a garden to walk through. Accessible entrance is hard to find and food is not anything to write home about. A bit pricey for what you get to see, I would spend my money on another museum unless you are a diehard archaeology fan or student.

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Thank pennysh2014
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I feel like there are more impressive museums. Kids will prefer the Franklin Institute, but I'd still go here. I enjoyed their Egypt exhibit, but the native American exhibit was a little disappointed. It's still worth a try, elders will especially enjoy it.

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Thank Jeremy-Scooter-Price
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My daughter is a history buff, she wanted to visit this museum for some time now, so we went to Penn Museum a few weeks back. I would have given it at least 4 stars, but few things put me off. First, the staffs were not friendly at all, they were rude. There were supposed to be a party in... More 

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Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I forgot about museums that are associated with universities and colleges. They are definitely hidden gems. My girlfriend actually found this place for us. We were excited to come and see the Midas exhibition. We found the museum easily with GPS, but as usual, I can't figure out how to get into parking garages...Drove around and had to ask. $22... More 

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Durham, NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was in town for a job interview at a nearby hospital and was really impressed by this museum. I really enjoyed the special exhibit on King Midas (of the Midas touch). The rest of the museum was excellent as well.

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Thank Andy M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Always find something new that we missed seeing on our earlier trips. They also have concert series during certain days in the summer. Average restaurant and gift shop. There is also a lot to do and eat in and around that part of philly

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Thank Yasmin S
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

While we enjoyed the Roman and Etruscan exhibits immensely and my younger children were struck speechless by the mummies display, we were tremendously disappointed by the omission of Sir Flinders Petrie from the Egyptian hall. Sir Flinders considerable influence on the rediscovery/rebirth of bowling was a significant event in our history. This omission, whether intentional or through incompetence, was extremely... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

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 July 20, 2016

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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