The Penn Museum welcomes and encourages Penn faculty, instructors, and teaching assistants to make use of its collections in their classes. We have nearly one million objects from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Oceania, ancient 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. Information about our collections can be accessed through our online database.
Please fill out and submit the Class Access Request Form.
Accessing the Collections
Classrooms: Penn classes can view objects not currently on display in the galleries in one of the Museum's many classroom spaces. For classes that normally meet in the Museum, we can bring objects directly to your classroom. For classes that normally meet elsewhere, we can make arrangements for class to meet in one of the Museum's spaces. Objects are available for study Monday to Friday 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, or at other times by special request.
Collections Storage: Objects are also available for viewing in their permanent storage locations. Storage tours are limited to 10 students at a time, and must be accompanied by a Curator or Keeper.
Archives: Classes are invited to visit the Museum's extensive archival collection, which includes thousands of documents, photographs, prints, and films related to the Museum's history and collections. The Archives are accessible Monday to Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm.
The new Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM) is a joint endeavor between the Penn Museum and the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts and Sciences (SAS).
CAAM offers the facilities, materials, equipment, and expert personnel to teach and mentor Penn students in a range of scientific techniques crucial to archaeologists and other scholars as they seek to interpret the past in an interdisciplinary context which links the natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities.