Since its founding in 1887, the Penn Museum has collected nearly one million objects, many obtained directly through its own field excavations or anthropological research. The Museum's vast and varied collections are in active service to the University of Pennsylvania community and researchers from all over the world.


For Research

To request permission to photograph and/or illustrate objects in the Museum’s collection, please download the Photography/Illustration Permission Form and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

By completing this form, you are assigning copyright to these photographs and illustrations to the Penn Museum unless otherwise specified. These photographs and illustrations may only be used for research purposes (including public presentations) and are not eligible for further reproduction, distribution, exhibition, or publication.


For Publication

To obtain publication-quality photographs and illustrations of Museum objects and the permission to publish photographs and illustrations, please email the Museum Archives at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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