The Penn Museum accepts donations of documented ethnographic and archaeological materials that are free of major conservation concerns for the express purpose of preservation, research, exhibition, and/or public education. Objects from antiquity, if exported from their country of origin after 1970, will be considered only if the donor can provide evidence documenting their legal exportation in accordance with the Museum's 1970 Pennsylvania Declaration and the


The Registrar's Office houses object-specific records, including pre-2010 object catalogue cards, post-1980 accession lot records, object files, and event-related documentation. Additional object information and documentation can be found in the Museum Archives as well as in individual Curatorial Sections. To access the object records housed at the Registrar’s Office, please begin with our Online Collections Database. If on-site visits are desired, we accept visitors by appointment Monday through Friday 9:30 am to 4:30 pm and encourage visitors to make appointments one week in advance. Please specify the subject of research (object accession number and/or special collection) when requesting an appointment. Contact Registrar's Office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak0d4592fb76c93fee4e1986c3f11cba10').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy0d4592fb76c93fee4e1986c3f11cba10 = 'objectrecords' + '@'; addy0d4592fb76c93fee4e1986c3f11cba10 = addy0d4592fb76c93fee4e1986c3f11cba10 + 'pennmuseum' + '.' + 'org'; var addy_text0d4592fb76c93fee4e1986c3f11cba10 = 'objectrecords' + '@' + 'pennmuseum' + '.' + 'org';document.getElementById('cloak0d4592fb76c93fee4e1986c3f11cba10').innerHTML += ''+addy_text0d4592fb76c93fee4e1986c3f11cba10+''; 215.898.4088


The Penn Museum has an active loan program involving institutions all over the world. Encompassing artifacts from the Museum's many sections—African, American, Asian,Babylonian, Egyptian, Mediterranean, Near East, and Oceanian—as well as the Museum Archives, these loans generally form part of larger exhibitions curated and designed by other museums, either for showcase in their own galleries or for the purpose of traveling to multiple venues. By agreeing to loan our objects and participate in these exhibitions, we share our extraordinary collections with audiences that may never have the chance to visit the Penn Museum. Loaning objects also provides scholars the opportunity to interpret our collections in light of their own interests, allowing for a diversity of narratives told through the use of our collections. The loan process and approval is coordinated by the Loans Registrar. Contact Registrar's Office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloakf04e7210dd39f11b42bb72c5f2fe8e9b').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addyf04e7210dd39f11b42bb72c5f2fe8e9b = 'loans' + '@'; addyf04e7210dd39f11b42bb72c5f2fe8e9b = addyf04e7210dd39f11b42bb72c5f2fe8e9b + 'pennmuseum' + '.' + 'org'; var addy_textf04e7210dd39f11b42bb72c5f2fe8e9b = 'loans' + '@' + 'pennmuseum' + '.' + 'org';document.getElementById('cloakf04e7210dd39f11b42bb72c5f2fe8e9b').innerHTML += ''+addy_textf04e7210dd39f11b42bb72c5f2fe8e9b+''; 215.746.6975 Current Loans Science Museum of Minnesota (Traveling to Multiple Venues) “Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed” Current Venue: Witte Museum (San Antonio, TX): on display until September 4, 2016 https://www.wittemuseum.org/ 31 American Section Objects Bard Graduate Center (New York, NY) “Frontier Shores: Collection, Entanglement, and the Manufacture of Identity in Oceania” On display until September 18, 2016 http://www.bgc.bard.edu/ 7 Oceanian Section Objects Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA) “Look Again: Contemporary Perspectives on African Art” On display until December 4, 2016 http://philamuseum.org/ 182 African Section Objects American Philosophical Society (Philadelphia, PA) “Gathering Voices: Thomas Jefferson and Native Americans” On display until December 30, 2016 http://www.apsmuseum.org/ 1 American Section Object Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA) “Threads of Tradition” On display until February 20, 2017 http://philamuseum.org/ 10 African Section Objects


The mission of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum) is to transform understanding of the human experience, supported by the four pillars of its mandate: teaching, research, collections stewardship, and public engagement. Guided by this mission, the Penn Museum stewards one of the largest and oldest university museum collections of cultural material in the United States. While the 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 primarily through donations from institutions and individuals, and occasional purchases. Donate an Object The Penn Museum accepts donations of documented ethnographic and archaeological materials that are free of major conservation concerns for the express purpose of supporting the Museum's mission. Objects of antiquity, if exported from the country of origin after 1970, will be considered only if the donor can provide evidence documenting their legal exportation in accordance with the Museum's 1970 Pennsylvania Declaration and the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export, and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. Additionally, the Museum adheres to pertinent U.S. laws and international treaties regarding cultural properties. Donors of collections will generally be invited to make an additional cash gift to the Museum's Collections Stewardship Endowment Fund. Acceptance of this invitation is not in any way a requirement of acceptance of the object(s) offered, but rather an appeal to the donor's shared appreciation of the importance of artifact preservation and stewardship, and the real ongoing costs associated with this mission. If you would like to donate objects to the Penn Museum, please send all inquiries to the Registrar’s Office (see email, mailing address, and telephone info below) where the proposed donation will be assessed in terms of whether or not it conforms to Museum policy. All donation inquiries must include: Express intention in writing to donate an object(s) Object information and images Collecting history and information about object ownership, if known Coordinated by the Registrar’s Office, all donation proposals are first reviewed by the Museum's relevant Curatorial Sections and then further reviewed by the Museum's Acquisitions Committee. This Committee meets twice a year (typically May and December) and makes recommendations to the Museum Director for final approval. For donors wishing to have their donation considered in time for a year-end charitable contribution, inquiries with all required information should be submitted no later than November 15 of the relevant year. Please note that objects offered for donation should only be delivered to the Penn Museum upon the Museum's request. Contact Registrar's Office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloake90f98fb83d857fe487b5da1be2bc5d5').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addye90f98fb83d857fe487b5da1be2bc5d5 = 'acquisitions' + '@'; addye90f98fb83d857fe487b5da1be2bc5d5 = addye90f98fb83d857fe487b5da1be2bc5d5 + 'pennmuseum' + '.' + 'org'; var addy_texte90f98fb83d857fe487b5da1be2bc5d5 = 'acquisitions' + '@' + 'pennmuseum' + '.' + 'org';document.getElementById('cloake90f98fb83d857fe487b5da1be2bc5d5').innerHTML += ''+addy_texte90f98fb83d857fe487b5da1be2bc5d5+''; Penn Museum, 3260 South St., Philadelphia, PA 19104-6324 215.898.7900


The Penn Museum was instrumental in the creation of the UNESCO Convention for the Protection of Cultural Properties. If an object meets the export guidelines of its country of origin, the Penn Museum will attempt to identify it and/or provide general information, free of charge for private individuals. Policy prohibits the authentication or monetary appraisal of any object and the identification of objects for dealers. No written opinions will provided. PROCEDURE FOR OBJECT IDENTIFICATION Objects may not be brought to the Museum for object identification. All inquiries must be made to: The Registrar’s OfficePenn Museum3260 South Street Philadelphia PA 19104-6324 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak8e0a7f14fc88b0129f4e13cdb99679f5').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy8e0a7f14fc88b0129f4e13cdb99679f5 = 'collections' + '@'; addy8e0a7f14fc88b0129f4e13cdb99679f5 = addy8e0a7f14fc88b0129f4e13cdb99679f5 + 'pennmuseum' + '.' + 'org'; var addy_text8e0a7f14fc88b0129f4e13cdb99679f5 = 'collections' + '@' + 'pennmuseum' + '.' + 'org';document.getElementById('cloak8e0a7f14fc88b0129f4e13cdb99679f5').innerHTML += ''+addy_text8e0a7f14fc88b0129f4e13cdb99679f5+''; Tel: (215)898-4088 Please include the following: Information pertaining to the history or acquisition of the object(s). This information may provide useful clues to the cultural identity or date of an object. Please note that all objects must be in the United States at the time of the request. Photograph(s) of the object(s). Please include a ruler in the photo to indicate the size of the object(s). We cannot accommodate videotapes. Sketches of details are welcome but not necessary. Your address and phone number. Consultations about your inquiries are made at the convenience of Museum Staff who may not be readily available due to professional obligations. The process takes approximately one to three months.


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