The Penn Museum, with a collection of more than one million objects from across the globe, invites visitors to unlock the wonder of the human story while exploring their own place within it.
The Museum is 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. After entering the building, visitors are greeted with awe-inspiring stories told through galleries dedicated to Egypt, Greece, Rome, Etruscan Italy, China & Japan, and a brand new suite of Middle East Galleries.
The Middle East Galleries are the first in a series of galleries being reimagined as part of the Museum’s Building Transformation project. They feature more than 1,200 objects, more than half of which have never before been on public display. Examples include the 4,500-year-old crowning jewelry of a Mesopotamian queen and one of the world’s oldest wine vessels. These objects, along with numerous interactive displays and “touchable objects” (perfect for kids) help to illuminate 10,000 years of human history.
The next phase in the Museum’s Building Transformation project will be completed this November, featuring a brand new, light-filled Main Entrance Hall, 630-seat auditorium, Mexico & Central America Gallery, and Africa Galleries.
Special exhibitions include Moundbuilders: Ancient Architects of North America; Native American Voices; Bearing Witness: Four Days in West Kingston; and Ancient Egypt: From Discovery to Display. The latter gives visitors 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, lectures, tours, and family Second Saturday activities, to Crawl Out Thursdays inspired by the collaborative tradition of Harlem Renaissance rent parties, intimate conversations with Museum curators and keepers over coffee in the Pepper Mill Cafe, as well as strolls through history with the Museum Mile.
About the Penn Museum
Since 1887, the Museum has transformed understanding of the human experience. Dedicated to ongoing cross-cultural discovery, the Museum’s exhibitions and events welcome everyone to uncover the mystery of the ancient past and find one’s own place in the arc of human history. For more information, visit penn.museum or call 215.898.4000.
Distance from Independence Visitor Center: 2.19 miles
Distance from Sister Cities Visitor Center: 1.29 miles
Distance from Pennsylvania Convention Center: 1.76 miles
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 cultural gem, the Penn Museum is where the ancient world meets state-of-the-art contemporary sophistication.
Featuring signature galleries filled with 10,000 years of human history and treasures from around the world, along with extraordinary dining choices, the Penn Museum offers options to accommodate everyone’s sense of style:
~The largest space in the Penn Museum is the Rotunda, a dramatic 90-foot-high dome that was an architectural marvel of its time. In it, your guests will mingle amidst magnificent monuments and priceless objects from China and Japan.
~The Egypt Gallery invites you and your guests to discover the ancient world as you dance and dine among pharaohs and mummies.
~A marble fountain is the centerpiece of Stoner Courtyard, an exquisite location for outdoor functions.
~The Warden Garden delivers an elegant, peaceful oasis with its own koi pond.
~The Rooftop Terrace provides a private sanctuary for intimate gatherings under the stars.
From 10 to 1,000 guests, the Penn Museum offers an unforgettable premier location for intimate dinners, cocktail receptions, outdoor celebrations, corporate and philanthropic events, as well as weddings.
The Penn Museum’s exclusive on-site custom caterer, Catering by 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. CxRA also does off-site catering.