Penn Museum

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3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA - (215) 898-4000

Penn Museum Philadelphia Reviews

WalterC WalterC
317 reviews
Interesting place, and worth visiting if time permits Jun 26, 2016
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is a museum that contains artifacts from around the world. More commonly known as the Penn Museum for short, as the actual name is a bit of a mouthful to say.

Located on the University of Pennsylvania (more commonly known as Penn or UPenn), the best way to get there is by Regional Rail SEPTA, at the University City stop. Then it is just a 1-block walk to the entrance. Though, finding the entrance can be a little tricky.

This museum has a nice collection of Egyptian artifacts, and even has 2 sections. One is the sphinx section, and the other being the mummies section. Both are very impressive to see, as they do have a nice collection. Also worth checking out, is the section called Iraq’s Ancient Past, which contains artifacts from ancient Mesopotamia, some of which, were saved from looting during the 2003 war. And you can even see an Artifact Lab, where there are people working on trying to preserve Egyptian mummies.

There are also artifacts from ancient Greece and Rome, as well as Asia, Africa, and the Americas. And even artifacts of the Etruscans, who came before the Romans in Italy. This museum is really extensive, and a lot to see. So you will have to pick and choose to see which ones to focus on.

If you are a fan of ancient history or art, then this place is definitely worth visiting. But only if you have already seen the main historical sites in the downtown area, like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Also, I did find the admission price to be a bit overpriced, and it is out of the way. So I can’t quite say, it is a must-see for visitors to Philly.

It is open late on the first Wednesday of each month, so definitely worth checking out if you happen to be in town and needing something to do that night.

I tried to caption the photos by name of artifacts, and where they came from.
pool, in front of the entrance
wooden figure of Guanyin, China
black & gold Buddhist household sh…
seated Fudo, Japan
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WalterC says:
If I was not from the area, I would probably not known about it either.
Posted on: Jul 07, 2016
Vikram says:
Interesting, I didn't even know there was a museum in UPenn!
Posted on: Jul 07, 2016
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mefman00 mefman00
2 reviews
Amazing museum of human history! Jun 13, 2011
Penn Museum is an archaeology and anthropology museum in the University City neighborhood of Philadelphia. As a native of the area, I've found this to be among my most regularly visited local attractions, during groundbreaking exhibitions as well as just for a casual day trip.

Artifacts dating back thousands of years are on prominent display, including the museum's true centerpiece, a 3000-year-old sphinx - the third largest in the world. Thousands upon thousands of items from all corners of the world will keep your and your whole family's interest for visit after visit.

This place is a real walk through history, and it's impossible to leave without learning something really cool. Make a habit of it.

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