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“Great Archeological museum.”
Review of Penn Museum

Penn Museum
Ranked #40 of 458 things to do in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed March 12, 2013

Fairly easy to get to if you use the expressway through Philly. There are quite a few displays organized around a location (e.g. Egypt, Middle East). Special displays, such as the LOD mosaic with lectures. If you like history and archeology, this is a great place to visit.

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Reviewed March 10, 2013

I was excited to see the Lod exhibit. The actual mosaic was breathtaking being it excavated in such perfect condition from so long ago I do give it a thumbs up. However there was not much else to this. The rest of the museum was just so so. The lighting within each gallery was dark and hard to read the descriptions of the artifacts. Each gallery was not as extensive as I thought from what I have viewed from their website. The museum had hardly many visitors for a Sunday afternoon so what would you think as to why it is not drawing a larger attendance?? We thought it odd to be so quiet and empty as it was.

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Reviewed March 6, 2013

The Penn Museum has an almost-unsurpassed collection of antiquities: Greek and Roman, Near East, Chinese, Egyptian, etc. Very well displayed, outstanding interpretive materials, a very accessible collection.

Highlights include a large sphinx and reconstructed Egyptian temple, a suit of Etruscan armor, a great collection from the Royal Cemetery of Ur, Egyptian mummies, and a truly excellent collection of Greek vases.

It's a little out of the way on the U Penn campus, but it's well worth a visit.

The cafe's and museum shops are only so-so, but the antiquities collection rivals that of larger museums like the Met.

Thank Leonsreed
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Reviewed March 4, 2013

The Penn archeology museum is fantastic. Its pretty easy to get to, an easy walk from the SEPTA station, and a parking garage is nearby. The collection is well organized and very impressive. Well worth a visit if you like Egyptian artifacts.

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Reviewed February 25, 2013

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.

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