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Penn Museum, Philadelphia

#4 of 21 in Childrens Museums in Pennsylvania
Science Museum · Hidden Gem · History Museum
Expand your knowledge of the human experience through the archaeological and anthropological artifacts displayed at Penn Museum. This site, formally known as the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, houses over one million artifacts from around the world, making it one of the most significant university collections in the United States. Plan time to visit the museum, which has carried out over 300 international expeditions, and view exhibits from Africa, North America, South America, Mesoamerica, China, and Egypt. You'll have the opportunity to view artifacts from Iraq, which comprise what is considered to be the museum's most important collection, including the Royal Tombs of Ur. The museum has a long heritage: it was founded in 1887, and its library was established in 1900. To visit Penn Museum and get the most from your holiday in Philadelphia, create itinerary details personal to you using our Philadelphia online trip itinerary builder.
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  • Fantastic! Don’t miss this gem when in Philadelphia! Looking forward to work being finished and all exhibits back. Great gift shop with many well selected items.  more »
  • The first thing that catches your eye is the enormous sphinx just beyond the welcome and visitor desks. It's amazing.  more »
  • Best museum outside of Manhattan as far as I'm concerned! Awesome Egyptian exhibit! Always a good time! They host lots of exciting and authentic cultural events there. (On four different times when we went to visit out of the blue, we walked into some amazing events involving song, dance, vendors and hands on activities.) It is close to both the train station as well as parking garages. Nice gift shop as well. A must see in Philadelphia!
  • There is definitely a huge variety of artifacts from around the world that would be rare to find in a less established museum. Mummies galore, ancient headdresses, jewelry, hieroglyphics, weaponry, ritual objects and cuneiform tablets are all divided into their different wings, such as Ancient Egypt, Canaan and Israel, Rome, Native American, etc. etc. If just for the sheer choice of amazing, definitely visit this museum. Even the gift shop is unusual in its variety of ancient history-inspired goods that are a mark above the usual plushies, mugs and minerals available seemingly everywhere else. Admission isn't unusual for a museum, at $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for children. My only critical notes arise from the renovations in progress at the moment, which make parking near and navigating through the museum a real challenge. Various wings and exhibits are sealed off, and even the cafe can only be accessed by the one elevator or staircase that goes behind some of the construction. Additionally, with temperatures in the high 90s yesterday, it was disappointing to find that a few of the exhibit areas were not air conditioned. It made for a very sticky, sweaty visit at times. (There was a cooler of free water set out for the guests, but it was empty when I got to it.) Some of the labels and explanations of the artifacts also appeared to be missing, so I sometimes could not tell what I was looking at. Overall, most of the issues I've criticized are not the museum's fault. They are undergoing construction and still remain open to the public, so kudos to them. It's well worth a visit!

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