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Penn Museum

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Neighbourhood: University City
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Address: 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
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If you want to find your mummy, or, for that matter, Buddha or shards of...

If you want to find your mummy, or, for that matter, Buddha or shards of old pottery, look for this museum in the heart of the University of Pennsylvania campus.

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Great place for a tween birthday party

My sister had her son's birthday party in the cafeteria. We each brought a sack lunch, and she had the cake and drinks. My nephew was turning 11, and we had a group of about 8... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Sandra S
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My sister had her son's birthday party in the cafeteria. We each brought a sack lunch, and she had the cake and drinks. My nephew was turning 11, and we had a group of about 8 of his friends. They liked the Egyptian wing the best - especially the mummies.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a gem of a museum where there is a lot to see and wander through. It is rare to be in such a wonderful spot with treasures of the great early civilizations of the Ancient World. If you want to experience a new world of rare and unique pieces of antiquity then the Penn Museum offers you an... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Got into here on a joint ticket with the Mutter Museum- so not worth the price for either, by the way. This museum is a mix of old style and new style museums, so they are at least trying. The best exhibits were the ancient Middle East exhibits and the Native American exhibit. A lot of the museum was closed... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

Nobody who is interested in history and culture should neglect the Penn Museum in Philadelphia. Its exhibits includes items from Greek, Etruscan, Roman, Egyptian, Chinese, Japanese civilizations, etc. There are no Greek or Roman sections in the Philadelphia Museum of Art because the artifacts were loaned to the Penn Museum for exhibition on a permanent basis. If you want to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Well worth the trip into Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania - plenty to see and amazing exhibits

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

This Museum is amazing beautiful art if you are ever is Philly and looking for something to do on a rainy day go and check out Penn Museum

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Beautiful museum, laid out well with lots of space between exhibits to view without bumping into others. The rooms were a bit warm, but overall the visit made up for the temperature.

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Thank Dana I
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

Exhibits were definitely more scholarly than most museums. Would have liked to have seen more, but considering the museum belongs to an academic institution, it was worthwhile. Favorite part was the Far East gallery. Did not get a chance to do the Midas exhibit, but had a great time.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

This is a world class museum for lovers of anthropology. I love to take my grandchildren here to see the collections from various cultures. Of course, they always want to see the mummy collections first.

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Stamford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

The Penn is a compact MMA from NYC. It is much more manageable in a visit of hours, while the MMA requires days. The Penn is like a generous sampler, with sufficient scope and depth to satisfy most art and history interests. It does not overwhelm, but, entertains and educates, and, sometimes, less is more.

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