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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 1 week ago

The museum is well done, but as a layman I needed a bit more information than what was provided, but no fear--my husband was able to fill in some of the gaps for me. I did feel that the Egypt exhibit was lacking

Thank Victoria M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Quite a small museum but has some amazing artifacts. I love all things Ancient Egypt but this museum also had amazing exhibits from the Americas and Asia. Well worth a visit!

Thank Amy P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A really well-maintained, diverse collection of artifacts that was so interesting. I am an ancient history nerd and loved the Greek/Roman exhibits. The Middle East exhibit is excellent but Egypt was kind of thrown together and there was almost nothing in the Asian section. I'd...More

Thank Guide08330688021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Though not as well advertised as Philly's older and more venerable institutions, Penn's Museum displays ancient antiquity in an intimate and personal fashion. From ancient Egypt to ancient Sumer, and traveling along the antique silver road, the Penn Museum us a must for guests of...More

Thank Anne-Marie P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have always been an avid fan of Ancient Egyptian Art and exhibits and found out there was a Sphinx exhibited in the Penn Museum and went for mothers Day. I loved all of the exhibits as they were all unique and interesting. The Ancient...More

Thank Kerry R
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!

Thank LyninPhilly
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

Thank tandhgoraj
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
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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