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Penn Museum

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Open to all, the Penn Museum is home to remarkable objects and powerful stories that emerge from its extraordinary expeditions across the world. Discover captivating stories of humankind, from the very first cities of the Middle East to the kings of...more
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3260 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6324
University City
+1 215-898-4000
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Reviewed September 10, 2018

I believe they need to revamp this museum to depictions of accuracy because with the information they are providing for most exhibits now have updated technology and findings that the curators of these exhibits haven't incorporated. They arent really practicing their due diligence in telling...More

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Reviewed September 6, 2018

We took about 90 minutes to tour this museum, free if you have a Penn Card. Explanations really made history come alive!

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Reviewed September 3, 2018

I had no idea the Penn had so many historical specimens from all over the world. In fact a whole Egyptian tomb is set up in one of the galleries. You will find beautiful metal jewelry from Ethiopia, hunting tools and other weapons from Nigeria,...More

Thank Paradise K
Reviewed August 25, 2018 via mobile

I wouldn’t exactly say we went as a family with teenagers, my son is 26 and his girlfriend is 27, but anyway we took our grown kids. This museum is fantastic, there are so many different cultures to learn about in many different galleries. There...More

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Reviewed August 19, 2018

The Penn Museum isn't huge like the Met or the V&A, but it's through and fascentating! Their newly-opened Middle East Galleries is a cultural feast; while everyone's seen and is somewhat familiar with ancient Egypt. their Iran-Iraq-Sumeria-other exhibits gives the viewer a keen appreciation of...More

Thank andrew l
Reviewed August 15, 2018 via mobile

I went specifically to see the Egyptian display that is featured on many flags throughout Philly. I finally make it to the museum when it is open and the Egyptian display is closed. Apparently to enhance its staging. What? Yes, there were other Egyptian artifacts...More

1  Thank alexipuppy
Reviewed August 2, 2018

I love this museum and I go several times a year; full disclosure I am a Penn faculty member and this is a great place to take guests. The Egyptian displays are stunning, but sticklers for authenticity should note that some of the items are...More

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Reviewed July 31, 2018

Visited this museum two years ago and the family loved it! Went back again on a Saturday and it was a very different experience. I was told by the receptionist that they are on a 5 year renovation plan and several exhibits were closed. However,...More

1  Thank amcarpenter123
Reviewed July 27, 2018

I liked most exhibits, especially the Middle East ones (they have one of the earliest written versions of the Epic of Gilgamesh which totally blew me away) but the museum is currently being renovated so some exhibits are closed to the public. I'm sure by...More

Thank silanthaler
Reviewed July 22, 2018

My husband and I only heard about this museum from a billboard when we were passing by Philadelphia on the train to New York. We honestly thought this museum was better than the Smithsonian. They had an amazing quantity of artifacts, and the quality was...More

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November 9, 2017|
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Response from T P | Reviewed this property |
You are not allowed to use a flash in the museum. To do a photo shoot, you would definitely have to get permission of the museum. The artifacts they have in there are thousands of years old and irreplaceable. I'm sure they... More
Jay T
August 24, 2017|
Response from Elisabeth B | Reviewed this property |
Amtrak will take you to 30th St. station and you would have to take a taxi to the Museum - public transportation is complicated
June 20, 2017|
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Response from T P | Reviewed this property |
It depends on how interested you are in ancient cultures. I would say someone with LITTLE interest could still easily spend an hour in this amazing museum. A person with A LOT of interest in ancient cultures should expect to... More