With a collection of more than one million objects from across the globe, The Penn Museum: America’s Museum of Ancient Worlds invites visitors to explore ancient worlds and find their own place in the arc of human history.

Housed in an eclectic building featuring mixed architectural elements and surrounded by outdoor gardens, fountains, and a koi pond that provides a peaceful urban oasis, the Penn Museum is open to everyone.

After entering the building, visitors are greeted with awe-inspiring stories told through galleries dedicated to Egypt, Greece, Rome, Etruscan Italy, Israel, China & Japan, and the Middle East. The Penn Museum unveils its newest spaces in November 2019: a brand-new, light-filled Main Entrance Hall, where a 25,000-pound red granite Sphinx of the Pharaoh Ramses II will greet guests from his elevated platform in the Sphinx Gallery; a completely reimagined Mexico and Central America Gallery; and a suite of Africa Galleries.

Special exhibitions include Ancient Egypt: From Discovery to Display, which gives guests the chance to “walk in the shoes of an archaeologist,” with an insider’s look into where artifacts come from and how they are conserved.

The Penn Museum offers a wide variety of public programs that cater to various ages and interests – from CultureFest! cultural celebrations, Museum Playdates, and family Second Saturday activities, to lectures that connect the ancient past with today. The Museum also offers Global Guides tours led by immigrants and refugees from Iraq, Syria, Mexico, or Central America who share their own personal stories and experiences living in the region.

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About the Penn Museum: America’s Museum of Ancient Worlds

Since 1887, the Penn Museum has transformed understanding of the human experience. Dedicated to building connections between cultures, the museum welcomes everyone to uncover the ancient past, gain an understanding of our shared humanity, and find one’s own place in the arc of human history. For more information, visit or call 215.898.4000.

Distance from Independence Visitor Center: 2.19 miles
Distance from Sister Cities Visitor Center: 1.30 miles
Distance from Pennsylvania Convention Center: 1.76 miles


Banquet Sit Down Capacity

  • 300

Outdoor Space

  • Outdoor Space

Reception Stand Up Capacity

  • 600

Venue Capacity

  • 900

Total Venue Square Feet

  • 300,000


Venue Amenities

  • Permanent Dance Floor
  • Exclusive Caterer
  • Freight Elevator
  • Guided Tours Available
  • Liquor License
  • Loading Dock
  • Onsite AV Available

Group Information

  • Children under 6 - FREE
  • 215.746.8183

Facility Amenities

  • Onsite Kitchen
  • Comp for Guides


Facility Amenities

  • Guided Tour Available

Located on the University of Pennsylvania’s historic campus, the Penn Museum reigns as one of Philadelphia’s eminent event venues. A 300,000-square-foot internationally recognized destination, the Penn Museum is where the romance of the ancient world meets state-of-the-art contemporary sophistication.
From 10 to 1,000 guests, the Penn Museum offers an unforgettable premier location for intimate dinners, cocktail receptions, outdoor celebrations, corporate & philanthropic events, as well as wedding or vow renewal ceremonies. The Penn Museum’s exclusive on-site custom caterer, Catering x Restaurant Associates, or CxRA, is devoted to hand-crafting culinary masterpieces using fresh, local ingredients. That’s why they are the #1 choice among their clients, who expect nothing less than CxRA’s exceptional, world-class service.
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