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“Great Exhibits in a Manageable Afternoon”
Review of Penn Museum

Penn Museum
Ranked #28 of 488 things to do in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed September 13, 2017

I had an afternoon in Philly to myself, in between my post-red eye flight nap and wedding festivities, and somehow decided on this place. It was a great choice. Full of artifacts from around the ancient world, manageable in an afternoon, centrally located, and not at all crowded. It's truly a hidden gem- I have been raving about it to Philadelphia natives, and as far as I can tell, most of them haven't heard of it. And my much-needed Americano in the cafeteria wasn't bad either. It might not be what you think of as a "must see" in Philly, but it's definitely worth the visit.

Thank BRSkeen
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Reviewed September 13, 2017

Nice stop to make in a beautiful area of Philadelphia. The collections are rather good, but the Egyptology stands out among them. The staff did not seem particularly knowledgable, and it would have been nice if guided tours had been available.

Thank Chisnik613
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Reviewed August 22, 2017

I wish we were able to get in. The only parking structure near the museum was closed. How do you put a museum in the middle of the medical district and offer no parking? It was a waste of time.

Thank Sitarra
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Reviewed August 16, 2017

The Penn museum offers very detailed exhibits on Egypt, Ancient Rome & Greece, and some areas of the Americas (Southwest & Arctic Peoples). The space is itself is very interesting, especially the main rotunda.

Thank aquistbe
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Reviewed August 13, 2017

The Penn Museum was a real hit with the Egyptology fans in our family. The collection is well curated, and the guard/docent took the time to teach us some hieroglyphics that added to our enjoyment of many of the artifacts. The garden is beautiful.

Thank NVWLS
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