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 object catalogue cards, object files, accession lot records, 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. // 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. // 215.746.6975 Current Loans NHK Promotions Inc, Japan (Traveling to 2 Venues) "Queens of Egypt" Tokyo National Museum (July 7, 2015 - September 23, 2015) - http://www.tnm.jp/?lang=en  National Museum of Art, Osaka (October 10, 2015 - December 20, 2015) - http://www.nmao.go.jp/en/ 4 Egyptian Objects Fernbank Museum of Natural History (Atlanta, GA) "When the Greeks Ruled Egypt: From Alexander the Great to Cleopatra" October 8, 2014 - January 4, 2015 http://www.fernbankmuseum.org/ 12 Near Eastern Objects Princeton University Art Museum (Princeton, NJ) "Art of the Ancient Americas" January 5, 2015 http://artmuseum.princeton.edu/ 6 American Objects Science Museum of Minnesota (Traveling to Multiple Venues) "Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed" October 8, 2014 - January 4, 2015 Museum of Science, Boston (Boston, MA) – October 17, 2014 – May 3, 2015 http://www.mos.org/ San Diego Natural History Museum (San Diego, CA) – June 12, 2015 – January 3, 2016) http://www.sdnhm.org/ 31 American Objects Abbe Museum (Bar Harbor, ME) "Coming Home" February 5, 2015 - January 2, 2016 http://abbemuseum.org/ 11 American Objects Carlos Museum at Emory University (Atlanta, GA) "Near Eastern Gallery" April 1, 2013 – September 30, 2015 http://www.carlos.emory.edu/ 1 Near East Object


The Penn Museum stewards one of the largest and oldest university museum collections of cultural material in the United States. While 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 through exchanges with other cultural institutions, donations from 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 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 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. If you would like to donate objects to the Penn Museum, please send all inquiries to the Registrar’s Office (see email/telephone info below or use museum standard address) and include the following: A statement expressing the intention to donate the object(s) Information pertaining to the object(s)' ownership history and any relevant object-related information Object photograph(s), preferably indicating the scale/size of the object(s) 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 20 of the relevant year. A few other key items to note: Objects offered for donation should only be delivered to the Penn Museum upon the Museum's request Potential donors may be asked to assist in covering the cost of transporting the object(s) to the Penn Museum Donors will generally be asked to provide cash support of 10% of the appraised value (or the donor's estimated value) of the object(s) for the ongoing maintenance of the donated object(s). This request may be waived on a case-by-case basis. Non-cash contributions to the Penn Museum are tax deductible at Fair Market Value (FMV) in accordance with the provisions of the Internal Revenue Service. To take a charitable tax deduction, the donor should obtain an appraisal from a qualified appraiser not earlier than sixty (60) days before the contribution (donation) of the property. Federal law prevents Penn Museum staff from providing appraisals, however, the Museum will provide contact information for the regional branch of the Appraisers Association of America or the American Society of Appraisers. Contact Registrar's Office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. // 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:


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