ATM Food Elevator Restrooms Men's Restroom Women's Restroom Information Desk Handicap Access Gift Shop Coat Closet Wifi Entrance First Floor What's on View The Egypt (Sphinx) Gallery houses one of the finest collections of Egyptian architecture on display in the United States. A 15-ton red granite sphinx, the largest in the Western Hemisphere, dominates the gallery. There is also a display of materials from the beginnings of Egyptian history in the Amarna Gallery , and the founding of a unified country of Upper and Lower Egypt, including ivory tags that bear examples of some of the earliest hieroglyphs found in Egypt, dating from more than 5,000 years ago. The Penn Museum hosts special exhibitions in the Merle-Smith Galleries. Currently on display is Magic in the Ancient World . The special exhibition Making and Unmaking Race formed part of the University of Pennsylvania's recent Year of Sound theme. Second Floor What's on View The North America Gallery currently features Native American Voices: The People—Here and Now , a long-term interactive exhibition. Leave preconceptions behind and discover a living tapestry of Nations with distinct stories, histories, and identities. The Mexico & Central America Gallery introduces you to the pre-Colombian civilizations of Mesoamerica, which flourished before the Spanish Conquest. Major traditions represented here include those of central and western Mexico, the Gulf Coast, Oaxaca, the highland and lowland Maya of Yucatan, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and a variety of Central American cultures. The Africa Gallery includes objects from Morocco to South Africa and everywhere in between. The current gallery contains approximately 360 artifacts dating from the 16th to the 20th centuries. This gallery is complemented by the special exhibition Imagine Africa with the Penn Museum . Discover the process of evolution and its profound impact on humans in the highly interactive exhibition Human Evolution: The First 200 Million Years , where visitors have an opportunity to engage with a variety of multi-media programs, as well as view and touch more than 100 casts of fossil bones from primate and human evolutionary records. The Penn Museum hosts special exhibitions in the Kintner and Dietrich Galleries. Third Floor What's on View The Classical World Galleries focus on Etruscan Italy , Greece , and Rome , and offer more than one thousand ancient artifacts – including marble and bronze sculptures, jewelry, metalwork, mosaics, glass vessels, gold and silver coins, and pottery. The Penn Museum holds nearly 25,000 artifacts from the area that encompasses modern Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, Jordan and Lebanon, and parts of Syria, the largest collection of artifacts from this region. A sampling is on display in the Canaan & Israel Gallery . The Japan and China Galleries occupy the Museum's Harrison Wing and Rotunda, which contains one of the largest unsupported masonry domes in the United States (the roof of Harrison Auditorium that supports the floor of the China Gallery). The galleries house one of the finest collections of monumental Chinese and Japanese art in the country, covering some 4,000 years of history. The Egypt (Mummies) Gallery displays carved reliefs, stone coffins, and 3-dimensional sculpture that testifies to the superb craftsmanship of Egyptian artists and sculptors throughout that country's long history. Explore human and animal mummies, tomb artifacts, and funerary objects and materials used in the mummification process in the Egyptian Mummy: Secrets and Science Gallery . Learn about the ancient Egyptian belief in an afterlife, and the complex funerary practices they developed over thousands of years. Iraq's Ancient Past : Rediscovering Ur's Royal Cemetery tells the story of the discovery and excavation of the Royal Cemetery at Ur in modern-day Iraq. Part exhibition, and part working laboratory, In the Artifact Lab: Conserving Egyptian Mummies , is a glass-enclosed conservation lab that brings you right into a museum conservator’s world. See the tools of the trade and watch as conservators work on a wide array of Egyptian objects including rare paintings, ancient funerary objects, and, of course, mummies!
What are your hours? The Penn Museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and select Wednesdays until 8:00 pm. The Museum is closed Mondays and major holidays. See our Hours and Admission page for more details. Is the Penn Museum open to the general public? Yes. While the Penn Museum is part of the University of Pennsylvania, it is open to the general public. We invite all visitors to enjoy our galleries, exhibitions, and gardens. Do tickets need to be reserved in advance? Individual tickets may be purchased without reservations at any admission desk upon your arrival at the Museum. However, reservations are requested for groups of 10 or more. See our Group Visit Page for details and group discounts. Can I purchase tickets online? Yes. Please go to Buy Tickets to purchase. Is photography allowed in the Museum? Yes. Photography is permitted for private, noncommercial use except where otherwise posted. Flash photography is not permitted in the galleries. Photographs cannot be published, sold, reproduced, transferred, distributed or otherwise commercially exploited in any way. To protect our visitors and the objects in our galleries, the Penn Museum prohibits the use of tripods, monopods, or selfie sticks in our museum and gardens. We do, however, encourage Museum visitors to take photos and share their experiences with others. Can I record video in the galleries? Yes. Videotaping with small, personal recording devices is allowed for non-commercial use. See our filming request policies for professional filming. Can I sketch in the Museum? Yes. We encourage people to do work in the galleries, but only dry materials are to be used. Are baby strollers allowed? Yes, strollers are allowed in our galleries. It is recommended that those with strollers use the Kress Entrance on the side of our building for easier access. Is the Museum handicap accessible? Do you have wheelchairs? Yes. See the Museum map to find accessible entrances and elevators. Wheelchairs are available at the Kress Entrance. There are certain areas that are inaccessible without escort. Please see any of the admissions staff for assistance. Is there a place to eat in the Museum? What are their hours? The Pepper Mill Café serves breakfast, snacks, and lunch. The café is open Tuesday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, select Wednesdays until 7:30 pm, and weekends 10:00 am - 4:30 pm. Does the Museum have a gift shop? Yes. The Penn Museum Shop is located on the 2nd Floor behind the Kamin Admission Desk. Can I bring food or drink into the galleries? No. To protect the objects on display, food and drink are not permitted in the galleries. Are the galleries kept at a comfortable temperature? For most of the year, our galleries are quite comfortable. As of now, not all of our galleries have air-conditioning, so they can get a bit hot in the summer. The galleries that DO have air-conditioning are: Kintner and William B. Dietrich Special Exhibitions Galleries (2nd Floor) Iraq’s Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur’s Royal Cemetery (3rd Floor) In the Artifact Lab (3rd Floor) Greece Gallery (3rd Floor) Etruscan Italy Gallery (3rd Floor) Where can I find out more about group tours to the Museum? View our Group Visit Page to learn about bringing a group of 10 or more to the Penn Museum. How can I volunteer for the Penn Museum? Visit the Volunteering section of our site. Where can I find a listing of current job openings? See our Employment Opportunities page for a listing of current job offerings at the Museum. Is the Museum interested in acquiring artifacts or objects? See our Registrar's Office information on donation policy. What is the Museum's mission? The Penn Museum transforms understanding of the human experience. Are the archives open to public? Access to the Penn Museum Archives is available by appointment only. Read more about the archives. What types of books does your library house? Can the public borrow them? Access to the Penn Museum Library is unrestricted to the general public during Museum hours. Visit the Library's website for more information. Where is the best place to park? See our information on directions and parking.
Special Exhibition | Midas Includes General Admission $20 adults $18 senior citizens (65 and above) $15 for children and full-time students with ID; $5 for active military. FREE Penn Museum members, PennCard holders, and children 5 and younger. Get Tickets General Admission $15 general adult admission $13 senior citizens (65 and above) $10 children 6 to 17 and full-time students with college ID FREE Museum members, active U.S. military personnel, children 5 and under, and PennCard holders (Penn faculty, staff, and students) Get Tickets Museum Hours Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm First Wednesday of each month 10:00 am - 8:00 pm Monday CLOSED Gallery Closures and Alerts The Museum and its galleries may occasionally be closed to visitors due to exhibition updates and maintenance, private events, holiday closures, and other non-regular events. In addition, the Museum is in the process of temporarily closing and renovating select Signature Galleries over the next few years to provide a better visitor experience. Please note these upcoming alerts to help plan your next visit: China Gallery: Our Conservation Department is working with riggers to dismantle two large Chinese Buddhist Murals; visitors may see sections of the gallery roped off, lifts in action, and people at work, all part of a long-term conservation project for the murals, which come from the Guangsheng Monastery in Shanxi Province, China. Directions and Parking The Penn Museum is located at 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 at the intersection of Spruce Street and 33rd Street. Nearby landmarks include Franklin Field, across South Street, and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, across 34th Street. Click here to get directions on Penn's website. Museum Entrances The Daniel G. Kamin Entrance The Daniel G. Kamin Entrance is located across the street from Franklin Field on South Street, closest to 33rd Street. This entrance is not wheelchair accessible. The Kress Entrance The Kress Entrance is for buses, groups, and the general public. It is on South Street, closest to Convention Avenue. This entrance is wheelchair accessible. The Trescher Entrance (and Stoner Courtyard) The Trescher Entrance is on South Street, but is only open for special occasions. This entrance is wheelchair accessible. Public Transportation Subway Buses Regional Rail 11 Trolley More Info Here 13 Trolley More Info Here 34 Trolley More Info Here 36 Trolley More Info Here Market Frankford Line (MFL) (34th and Market St station) Take any of the Busses above to 33rd and Chestnut/Walnut Streets, and/or 37th and Spruce Streets. 21 (stops at 33rd and Walnut/Chestnut Streets) 30 (stops at 33rd and Spruce Streets) 42 (stops at 33rd and Spruce Streets) 40 (stops at South Street and Convention Ave - right in front of the Museum!) The Airport Line Manayunk / Norristown Line Media / Elwyn Line Warminster Line West Trenton Line Wilmington / Newark These Regional Rail Lines stop at the University City Station located across Convention Avenue from the Penn Museum 30th Street Station services all regional rail lines and is a short walk to the Penn Museum. Parking Please be advised, parking is extremely limited during weekdays. Garage 7 Located at the corner of South Streets and Convention Avenue, just east of the Penn Museum. Parking can be limited with garage filling early—usually by 7:30 am, some spots reopening after 10:30 am. Regular Daily Rate (no discounts offered): $21 Monday through Friday, Early morning to 5:00 pm. Evening and Weekend Rate (except for special event parking days): $11 after 5:00 pm. Special Event Parking: (including annual Penn Relays, other Penn Athletics Programming). Special event parking prices differ from everyday prices. Other pay lots These lots are in the vicinity and metered parking is available on some streets nearby. The following lots are available to the public after 5:00 PM during the week for a $7.00 flat rate: Lot 19 – 34th & Chestnut ($8.00 flat rate on weekends) Lot 23 – 38th & Sansom ($7.00 flat rate on weekends) Lot 39 – 33rd & Ludlow ($8.00 flat rate on weekends) See the University of Pennsylvania's website for information on parking. Or see a map of all the visitor parking lots on campus. Only valid complimentary passes with a valid expiration date will be accepted. ACCESS Cardholder Reduced Admission Initiative Visitors can enjoy two great Philadelphia museums with one ticket, thanks to our current double ticket deal to the Penn Museum and the Mütter Museum. View more Special Offers. Have any Questions about your Visit? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page to find information about photography, food and other Museum Policies. View F.A.Q.
We provide guided gallery tours for an enhanced museum experience to a wide range of groups, from kindergarten classes to retirement communities. On average, our 60 highly trained volunteer docents lead over 25,000 people through our galleries. Grade & High School Guided Tours Adult Group Tours Penn Class Visits
Visit the Penn Museum Shop and unearth great gifts for all ages: books, jewelry, décor, toys, and reproductions. The Museum Shop is located on the second floor next to the Daniel G. Kamin Entrance. Museum Shop Hours Monday Closed Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm* Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm The Sphinx that Traveled to Philadelphia *The Museum Shop is open until 8:00 pm on the first Wednesdays of each month. University of Pennsylvania staff and students, University of Pennsylvania Health System, and Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania staff (with PennCard or employee ID) enjoy a 15% discount. Members get 10% off! Become a member of the Penn Museum and receive a 10% discount at the Museum Shop and the Pepper Mill Café. Join Today
The Pepper Mill Café offers affordable international cuisine and a fresh variety of healthy, vegetarian, and sustainable food options for breakfast, lunch, and lighter fare for Museum visitors and those just coming in for the café. Menu Sandwiches Sandwiches are served daily from 11:00 am - 4:30 pm with a green salad. Whole Sandwich $6.05 Half Sandwich $4.05 Entrees Daily featured entree specials (includes two sides) $7.25 Vegetarian entree (includes two sides) $6.75 Hours of Operation Monday* 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Tuesday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Wednesday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm** Thursday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Saturday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm Sunday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm *Closed Mondays July & August **Until 7:30 pm when the Museum is open until 8:00 pm For those over 21 looking for a truly golden experience, the Café will offer Dogfish Head Brewery’s award-winning Midas Touch beer. Developed in collaboration with Dr. Patrick McGovern, Scientific Director of the Penn Museum’s Biomolecular Archaeology Project, the Midas Touch is a recreation of what archaeologists found in the tomb of King Midas’ father: residue from a beverage that was unique blend of wine, beer, and honey mead. Member's Discount! Become a member of the Penn Museum and receive a 10% discount at the Pepper Mill Café and the Museum Shop. Join Today