Penn Museum

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





Smithsonian Affiliate Museum

Smithsonian Museum

A “must see” destination in the City of Philadelphia, the Penn Museum invites you to explore 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 brand new, light-filled Main Entrance Hall that shines the spotlight on the 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 conveniently located right across the street from Franklin Field.

With a wide variety of public programs, the Penn Museum offers events all year long that are included with admission: from the Daily Dig (a 15-minute 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 special gallery 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.

Other events include public lectures, intimate conversations with Museum curators and keepers over coffee in the Museum Café, and private tours, such as Ancient Alcohol: A Tale of Bygone Booze, the Secret Life of Pets in the Ancient World, or Queens, Warriors, and Archaeologists: Women at the Penn Museum.

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

About the Penn Museum
Since 1887, the 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. To stay up-to-date on events, follow the Penn Museum on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.


Special exhibitions include

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— and giving them 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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