Penn Museum

3260 South St., Philadelphia, PA 19104 - United States





A “must see” destination in the City of Philadelphia, the Penn Museum invites you to experience Ancient Egypt, Rome, Greece, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Mexico, and Central America—to find your own place in the arc of human history.

Featuring a 12.5-ton red granite Sphinx of the Pharaoh Ramses II (one of the city's top cultural attractions since its arrival in 1913), the Penn Museum houses 10,000 years of history from across the globe—and it’s all right across the street from Franklin Field.

With a wide variety of public programs, the Penn Museum offers events online and in person all year long: from the Daily Dig (a pop-up talk that allows guests to “dig a little deeper” into one object in the collections) and CultureFest! cultural celebrations to its Second Sunday Culture Films series and tours with Global Guides—immigrants and refugees who lead hour-long adventures with a “human touch,” sharing their own personal perspectives from living in Africa, Mexico, Central America, Iraq, or Syria.

Open to everyone, the Penn Museum is housed in a dynamic eclectic building surrounded by outdoor public gardens, fountains, and a koi pond that provides a peaceful urban oasis.

About the Penn Museum
Home to over a million extraordinary objects from around the world, the Penn Museum has been highlighting our shared humanity across continents and millennia since 1887. In expanding access to archaeology and anthropology, the Penn Museum builds empathy and connections between cultures through experiences online and on site in our galleries. The Penn Museum is open Tuesday–Sunday, 10:00 AM—5:00 PM with safety guidelines. For more information, visit, call 215.898.4000 or follow @PennMuseum on social media. Visit for a complete listing of events.


Special exhibitions include:

Spotlight Gallery: Commemorating the Ancient Olympics
In a one-of-a-kind 360-degree viewing space, the Penn Museum gives a nod to the Ancient Olympics with an ancient Greek vessel (a lekythos) that showcases runners engaged in a fierce competition. It dates back to 550 BCE.

Ancient Egypt: From Discovery to Display
This exhibit allows museum guests to “walk in the shoes of an archaeologist:” following the path of an artifact—from its excavation through its preservation—giving visitors an insider’s look into where objects come from and how they are conserved.

Native American Voices
This exhibit offers a living tapestry of Nations with distinct histories. Through new and old objects, video recordings and digital interactives, this special exhibition allows guests to develop a new understanding of the original inhabitants of this land, as told through their own voices.

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