Penn Museum
Penn Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The #PennMuseum is open for world adventure! Timed tickets + live virtual tours, classes & events are available now. 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 ancient Egypt; from the vibrant cultures of the Mediterranean to the lives of Native American communities today. Experience the mystery of the ancient past, gain an understanding of our shared humanity, and find your own place in the arc of human history.
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Sheetal S
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India204 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
I would recommend explore floor 2 ( same as entrance) which has american history and middle east artifacts followed by Floor 3 . Floor 3 has cool Egyptian, Chinese artifacts.

From floor 3 take lift for floor 1 which has African artifacts ( not much stuff ) then take lift for floor 2 to access the cafeteria.You would have to take lift again to go to floor 3 and walk back to floor 2 ... this seems odd but since museum is big with renovation going on in some places this approach may help.

Lunch in cafeteria is definitely recommended if you take a combo lunch meal with sandwich , soup , salad and cold drink just for 8 bucks.There are free expert tours so do check on their website in advance.

Wifi is free but poor quality.
The interactive kiosk are informative and simple to use.
Do visit the anicent Egyptian artifacts room where you can see historians working live on mummies etc ( there are 4 glass doors at entry so push either 2 in the middle as corner ones are locked ).
The museum entrance is wonderful as when i visited the white trees were in bloom and do sit near the pond to look at the fishes.
I took septa bus and the drop and pickup location is hardly 2-4 min walk.
Written April 8, 2019
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Hi Sheetal, Thank you for your thorough review of the Museum from your visit. The Museum is currently undergoing some renovations as we prepare to unveil our new Mexico & Central America Gallery and Africa Gallery, so hopefully by the next time you visit us, it will be more navigable! Sounds like you had a great visit and we hope to see you soon—and thanks for taking SEPTA to get here!
Written August 8, 2019
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QuackerzDaTraveler
Philadelphia, PA248 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Solo
The Penn Museum definitely didn’t disappoint. I was able to visit the Rome and Egyptian exhibits. I was visiting for a school project and honestly got overwhelmed because i wanted to see the whole museum. Those two exhibits had engaging information and displays. I plan on visiting again in January to visit two more galleries!
Written December 15, 2018
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allicatFL
Minneola, FL100 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Couples
My husband and I took advantage of the Mutter / Penn Museum bundle and was looking forward to our visit to the Penn. After entering the university / hospital complex, our frustrations began with a maze of confusing signs, construction, and difficult-to-find parking garages. After we parked and finally found the main entrance, we were astonished that such a prestigious museum was not air conditioned! Not only were we hot and sweaty for our one hour visit, but we also had concerns about the vulnerability of the countless ancient artifacts. We really expected to see the Egyptian relics without being forced to experience their native climate! We should have been warned ahead of time that air conditioning was not available. With our irritability mounting, we left early and were further distressed with the bloated parking rate of the Penn's preferred parking garage. We quickly learned that whether you park for one hour or one day, the rate is the same: $20. My husband informed the parking attendant that we were forced to leave the museum early and were completely dissatisfied with our experience. We were ignored. Although the Penn appears to have an excellent collection of artifacts, we do not recommend visiting this museum in the summer or parking at the nearby garages. Take a taxi in the winter. This collection is full of treasures; however, we are giving this a poor review due the inhospitable conditions of the museum and the rude uncompromising attitude of the parking garage attendant. The attached photo shows the garage where we were told to park.
Written July 3, 2012
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AFP
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Solo
I visited your museum from 10:30 in the morning and left at closing time at 5. I thoroughly enjoyed my day. I went mainly for the Egyptian exhibits and didn’t have time for much else. I could have come back every day for a week !!!
Great museum but one thing I noticed. Please stop the trend that I see creeping in on newer exhibits of talking about BCE and CE. We all know BC and AD. This political correctness has got to stop. As a non American, non Christian visitor to your city and country I take offense at you assuming I’m going to take offense when taking about ‘Before Christ’.
Otherwise its a wonderful museum and a great day out.
Written September 22, 2019
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CyndyandByron
Bridgeton, NJ868 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
We thought since the museum was small we would only spend about an hour there. That was not the case. The Native American exhibit was so interesting it alone took an hour. This exhibit used interactive digital videos to share the struggles of various Tribal communities, including the local Nanticoke Lenni Lenape Tribe.There were exhibits of pottery, basketry, regalia, weapons, jewelry, and others. On the same floor was an exhibit of Egyptian artifacts. We knew very little about this culture, but the mummies and the caskets fascinated us. The cafeteria is a very reasonable priced and quick option for visitors.The building itself has some architectural merit. Use public transport if possible. The museum is directly across from Franklin Field and just past the UPenn Hospital so it is a high traffic area.
Written April 25, 2019
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Thank you for your kind review and we're so glad to hear that you so throughly enjoyed the Native America Gallery. Be sure to come back in November when the new Mexico & Central America Gallery and new Africa Gallery open!
Written August 8, 2019
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Lucinda P
Philadelphia, PA6 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
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 accurate depictions of historical moments.
Written September 11, 2018
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CTCharlie
CT154 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Family
For some time now, I've been following the "Lod Mosaic." Referred to as the best preserved Roman mosaic yet discovered, I was looking forward to seeing it. A week ago casually reading through the UPenn website, I discovered that I was going to be in Philadelphia right when the mosaic was. I was ecstatic to say the least. This was the last stop on the mosaic's tour before heading back to Israel where it was discovered. Ready to gaze upon one of earth's great pieces of art, I eagerly walked into the Museum of Archaeology. When I walked up to the front desk, a kind employee regretfully informed me and my family that the exhibit was temporarily closed for a private function. No where did it say that the exhibit would be closed that day. On the website it said "Open starting February 10th." Trying to make the best of the situation, we explored the rest of the museum. The collection if fascinating and well put together. If only the museum was more clear regarding their closed exhibits, this museum would receive five stars.
Written February 25, 2013
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Megeara
Marietta, GA50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2012 • Couples
Museum is deceptively large and a little complicated to navigate depending on what entrance you come in so make sure to take the map that is offered. Make sure to dress in layers and the museum get quite hot. There is a coat room but it is not staffed. The Egyptian collection is magnificent and much larger than the other regions We spend most of the four hours we spend here in the Egyptian area. We also enjoyed the ancient Greek and Roman areas. Ancient China and Japan seemed sparse in comparison and focused on religion rather than the entire culture; however the pieces were quite interesting. One of the best parts were these amazing pictures of the insides of these little ancient orthodox Christian churches from the middle east that is in one of the rotating galleries.
Written March 10, 2012
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Pnemiller
Kutztown, PA2,188 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2011
This is a terrific museum to visit to understand the history and culture of ancient civiizations and countries. There are sections on Egypt, China, Japan, the Middle East and other areas. There is a section on Native Americans, especially Hopi and Zuni. I had not been to the museum in years, because I live a distance away, but I am still amazed at how interesting the mummy exhibit rooms are.

The building is a historic place itself, built at the end of the 19th century, right on the Penn campus, across from Franklin Field. There is metered parking and parking lots in the area, but it might be easier to get there by public transportation. The bus stops right by the museum and the subway stop is only a few blocks away.

I was going to eat lunch at one of very good food trucks in the area--there are over a dozen within a few blocks of the museum, but it was getting late, so I opted to eat in the museum cafe. A lovely, glass enclosed place overlooking gardens on both side. Food was very good and not expensive. A small bowl of excellent minestrone soup was $3.50
(the bowl was a good portion for one person), a very large, tasty bagel was $1.25.

My only complaint about this great place was trying to read information about the exhibits in some areas. At times, the lighting was so low, that it could not be read. In other places, information was in the back of glass enclosed cases and was printed so small that it could not be read. This is a problem that some other museums have--one wonders if the curators ever tried to read that information themselves.
Written August 11, 2011
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hrobinson1114
Nashville, TN5,809 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Solo
Well organized, expansive museum that’s not as overwhelming as a place like the MET or AMNH (which I do adore). Sections on Israel, Rome, Greece, Etruria, the Middle East, and more. Their Egyptian and Asian section is spectacular, and is housed in a beautiful rotunda. They also have wonderful Native American/First Nation people/Central American peoples exhibits with easy to use, fun interactive kiosks so you can learn more about the artists or artifacts that interest you. They also have a well done small African section.

I spent about three hours here, including a leisurely lunch at the cafe, which includes basic sandwiches, snacks, and drinks—and isn’t as expensive as other museum cafes—assuming because it’s a campus museum.

You could spend more time if you read every single thing, but I focused more on specific things that interested me. I did this along with the mutter museum. It’s about a mile walk between the two. Mutter takes about 1-1 1/2 hours. I finished up around 2 after starting at 10 AM.
Written October 5, 2021
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