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 www.pennmuseum.org 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