Collections Research

Penn Museum offers Penn students many opportunities to conduct original research or to interpret, study, and analyze objects and archives through the lens of their own curricula or specialties.

Collections are available to Penn students as resources for research and study. We have nearly one million objects from Africa, the AmericasAsiaOceaniaancient Egypt, the Mediterranean, and the Near East, as well as extensive photographic, film, and document archives, and a significant collection of biological specimens and remains in our Physical Anthropology collection.

  • Penn students are able to engage in Museum research in a variety of ways:
  • Enroll in an Object-Based Learning class or internship. [Link to OBL Tag]
  • Through the Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM). [Link to CAAM]As scholarly researchers for independent study, senior thesis, master’s thesis, dissertation, journal article or conference poster. [Link to Research Access to Collections]
  • Conduct Fieldwork with support of the Museum’s Student Field Funds. [Link to Field Funds]

If you have any questions regarding student research at the Penn Museum, including “How do I begin?”, please emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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