Academic Engagement -- For Penn Instructors

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.

To learn more about incorporating the Museum's collections into your course curriculum, please contact Anne Tiballi, the Andrew W. Mellon Curricular Facilitator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 215.746.6989.

If you have any questions about visiting with your class, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Please fill out and submit the Class Access Request Form.

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Accessing the Collections

Gallery Visits: Many of the Museum’s most interesting objects are currently on display in our galleries. This option is available to classes of all sizes. Museum galleries are open for class visits during normal public hours (Tuesday-Sunday 10 am - 5 pm), or on Mondays by special request. Before scheduling a gallery visit, instructors should contact Visitor Services (call 215.746.8183 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) to ensure no conflicts with previously scheduled tours or events.

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.

Student Research: Students can study museum objects independently or in small groups for class projects in our Collections Study Room (CSR). The CSR, which can accommodate classes of up to 15 students, was created to provide a dedicated space in the Museum for Penn classes and students to view and research objects from the collections. The CSR is specially designed to facilitate object storage and use, and is outfitted with climate control, storage cabinets, large modular tables, a Smart Board, a computer, and a photography station. The CSR is staffed by the Museum's Collections Assistants who can be reached at 215.746.6978 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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MUSEUM LOCATION

3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 898-4000

MUSEUM HOURS

Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
First Wednesdays: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Monday: CLOSED

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