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University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Penn Museum
Philadelphia, PA

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Rowboat in its pre-conservation state. The conserved boat will be showcased in Ancient Egypt: From Discovery to Display
Exhibition: Invisible Beauty: The Art of Archaeological Science
Through J06/06/2021 (more information)
Basalt as seen under the microscope. This rock inclusion is part of a ceramic tile from Gordion in present-day Turkey..
Researchers burned rice grains as part of a lab-based experiment to help identify evidence of fermentation at archaeological sites.
Exhibition: Invisible Beauty: The Art of Archaeological Science
Through J06/06/2021 (more information)
Researchers burned rice grains as part of a lab-based experiment to help identify evidence of fermentation at archaeological sites.
Exhibition: Invisible Beauty: The Art of Archaeological Science
Through J06/06/2021 (more information)
A detailed view of this textile reveals how Persian weavers crafted beautiful designs from metal-wrapped thread
A detailed view of this textile reveals how Persian weavers crafted beautiful designs from metal-wrapped thread
Penn Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 898-4000
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Email: info@pennmuseum.org


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The museum has had to temporarily reclose through the end if 2020 due to COVID


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About Us:
The Penn Museum (the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 300 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, the Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind's collective heritage.

Three gallery floors feature materials from Egypt, Mesopotamia, the Bible Lands, ancient Central America, Asia, and the ancient Mediterranean World, as well as artifacts from native peoples of the Americas, Africa.

  • What is Archaeology?
    The study of prehistoric and historic cultures as seen in their artifacts, monuments, settlements, and other remains.
  • What is Anthropology?
    The study of culture—how humankind evolved and came to have culture, how cultures change over time and space, and the nature of human diversity.

Our Commitments and Aspirations:

  • research excellence
  • scientific and ethical integrity
  • highest standards of preservation and documentation of sites and collections
  • excellence in interpretive exhibits
  • effective Communication with our public about the world's cultural heritage
  • service to the University of Pennsylvania community
  • supportive, diverse, and cooperative work environment
  • fiscal capability to support our mission

Our Vision
The Museum will continue to undertake field and laboratory research to produce significant knowledge about the human past and present.

The Museum will develop engaging exhibits, educational programs, and electronic communications about the human condition which provide opportunities to experience authentic cultural materials and contribute meaningful and enjoyable experiences about what it means to be human.

The Museum will continue to be an international resource in research, collections, and outreach. The Museum is committed to contributing to the education of the University of Pennsylvania students, to serving the people of the City of Philadelphia, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the United States, and the world, and to making archaeology and anthropology relevant to global concerns.

The Museum will encourage the entrepreneurial efforts of the curators, staff, and other constituencies to enhance the substance and fiscal underpinnings of its vision.

About our Collections
Since its founding in 1887, the Penn Museum has collected nearly one million objects, many obtained directly through its own field excavations or anthropological research. The Museum's vast and varied collections are in active service to the University of Pennsylvania community and researchers from all over the world. Our collections include objects from the African Section, American Section, Asian Section, Babylonian Section, Egyptian Section, European Archaeology Section, Historical Archaeology Section, Mediterranean Section, Near East Section, Oceanian Section, and Physical Anthropology Section.

The University of Pennsylvania Museum was the first institution to take a public stand on the highly controversial subject of cultural heritage policy. On April 1, 1970, the Museum issued what came to be known as the Pennsylvania Declaration, stating that no object would be purchased unless accompanied by a pedigree, including "information about the different owners, place of origin, legality of export, etc."

Exhibitions:

Invisible Beauty: The Art of Archaeological Science
Through June 6, 2021
(more information)

Events

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