Download the data

You can download the object data available in the online collection as either a CSV, XML or JSON file. Each sections' data is available below as well as a single file containing all 344,813 object records. This data is provided 'as-is'. Not all records included herein have been reviewed for completeness or accuracy. That process is ongoing and the Museum would welcome your assistance in drawing our attention to any particularly egregious omissions or inaccuracies. If you have questions about this data please email online.collections@pennmuseum.org. These files were last updated on March 29, 2015.


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This data is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.


  • All (344,813 objects)
    • csv (zipped 16 MB, unzipped 93.9 MB)
    • xml (zipped 21 MB, unzipped 338.4 MB)
    • json (zipped 18.7 MB, unzipped 188.3 MB)
  • African (18,751 objects)
    • csv (zipped 998.9 KB, unzipped 5 MB)
    • xml (zipped 1.2 MB, unzipped 16.3 MB)
    • json (zipped 1.1 MB, unzipped 9.4 MB)
  • American (133,174 objects)
    • csv (zipped 5.9 MB, unzipped 35.8 MB)
    • xml (zipped 7.9 MB, unzipped 136.2 MB)
    • json (zipped 7 MB, unzipped 73.9 MB)
  • Asian (20,529 objects)
    • csv (zipped 1.3 MB, unzipped 6.6 MB)
    • xml (zipped 1.7 MB, unzipped 21.8 MB)
    • json (zipped 1.5 MB, unzipped 12.5 MB)
  • Egyptian (41,512 objects)
    • csv (zipped 1.4 MB, unzipped 10.5 MB)
    • xml (zipped 1.8 MB, unzipped 39.7 MB)
    • json (zipped 1.6 MB, unzipped 22 MB)
  • European (8,038 objects)
    • csv (zipped 262.1 KB, unzipped 2.1 MB)
    • xml (zipped 349.5 KB, unzipped 7.6 MB)
    • json (zipped 304.9 KB, unzipped 4.1 MB)
  • Historic (2,398 objects)
    • csv (zipped 133.9 KB, unzipped 657.4 KB)
    • xml zipped 168.5 KB, unzipped 2.2 MB)
    • json zipped 152.3 KB, unzipped 1.2 MB)
  • Mediterranean (26,250 objects)
    • csv (zipped 1.8 MB, unzipped 8.5 MB)
    • xml (zipped 2.3 MB, unzipped 29.5 MB)
    • json (zipped 2 MB, unzipped 16.8 MB)
  • Near Eastern (71,480 objects)
    • csv (zipped 3.1 MB, unzipped 18.8 MB)
    • xml (zipped 4 MB, unzipped 64.3 MB)
    • json (zipped 3.6 MB, unzipped 36.5 MB)
  • Oceanian (21,258 objects)
    • csv (zipped 1.1 MB, unzipped 5.7 MB)
    • xml (zipped 1.4 MB, unzipped 19.7 MB)
    • json (zipped 1.3 MB, unzipped 11.3 MB)

  • What is available?

    These files contain metadata about the objects in the collection. This usually includes information about what the object is, a brief physical description, dates, where it is from and what it is made of. Some records will have more information than others. As a work in progress, the Museum continuously strives to improve both the quantity and quality of the data contained within the online database.

    Some fields contain multiple values (e.g. Place Name, Material and Other Number). In the CSV file, multiple values in these fields are seperated by a single pipe-bar character '|'. For complete documentation about the fields in these files please see the About page.

    What isn't available

    Unfortunately, images, information about where the object has been published and its exhibtion history are not included in this dataset. These data sets may be added in the future.

    What can I do with the data?

    Anything! Please use this data for your own projects, amusement, or research. We would love to be surprised by what you create with this data. If you build something let us know.