The Registrar's Office of the Penn Museum, established in 1929, is the hub for implementing collections policies and procedures through coordinating Museum’s collections activities and services.
Staffed with five full-time and a number of part-time members, the Office’s primary responsibilities include:
- Maintaining object records
- Coordinating acquisitions
- Coordinating objects on loan
- Managing the Museum curated traveling exhibitions
- Administrating object database and online collections site
- Providing collections related services (For Information about the Museum’s Object Identification Service, click here.)
The Registrar's Office houses object-specific records, including object catalogue cards, object files, accession lot records, and event-related documentation.
While majority of the Museum’s collections came from excavations or were acquired during anthropological fieldwork during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the collections continue to grow through exchanges with other cultural institutions, donations from individuals, and occasional purchases.
The Penn Museum has an active loan program involving institutions all over the world.
Penn Museum’s traveling exhibitions and loans programs further the Museum’s mission to advance the understanding of the world’s cultural heritage by sending high-quality exhibitions and objects for display to institutions worldwide.