|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|
*Until 7:30 pm when the Museum is open until 8:00 pm
The salad bar is open daily from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Salad toppings: cherry tomatoes, cucumber, black beans, red onions, shredded carrots, olives, cheddar cheese, feta cheese, pine nuts, croutons, egg salad, grilled chicken, and/or tofu. (Toppings may vary based on availability.)
Dressings: balsamic vinaigrette, blue cheese, raspberry vinaigrette, french, caesar, ranch. (Dressings may vary based on availability.)
Sandwiches are served daily from 11:00 am - 4:30 pm with a green salad.
We offer discounted group admission to educational or private groups who have their own itinerary while at the Penn Museum. The groups must have at least 10 people.
For general group tours, please contact the group tour coordinator to make any special arrangements:
For K-12 group tours, please contact the Education Department:
For general museum inquiries, please call (215) 898- 4000.
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Is photography allowed in the Museum?
Yes. Photography is permitted for private noncommercial use except where otherwise posted. Photographs cannot be published, sold, reproduced, transferred, distributed or otherwise commercially exploited in any way. Tripods are not permitted in any gallery.
Can I sketch in the Museum?
Are baby strollers allowed?
Is the Museum wheelchair accessible? Do you have wheelchairs?
Yes, and Yes. See the Museum map to find accessible entrances and elevators. Wheel chairs are available at the Kress Entrance.
Is there a place to eat in the Museum? What are their hours?
The new Pepper Mill Cafe is now open. The Museum cafe serves breakfast, snacks and lunch. The cafe is open Monday, 10-1; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8:30-4:30; Wednesday 8:30-7:30; and Saturday and Sunday, 10-4:30.
Can I videotape in the galleries?
Videotaping with small, personal recording devices is allowed for non-commercial use. See our filming request policies for professional filming.
What are your hours?
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Can I bring food or drinks into the galleries?
Sorry, food and drinks are not permitted in the galleries.
Do you have air-conditioning?
Some of the galleries are air-conditioned. The following galleries do not have air conditioning and are quite hot in the summer months: Chinese Rotunda, Roman Gallery, Upper Egypt, Mummies, Lower Egypt.
Do you have audio tours?
Yes! A one-hour "Highlights of the Galleries" audio tour is available in English and Spanish for free download on iTunes. The Highlights audio tour will soon be available in the galleries or a $5 fee. Groups of 10-30 people will be charged $4 per person.
Are docent-led tours appropriate for my group?
The education department provides docents to groups from pre-k to senior citizens. While making your reservations, the tour coordinator will ensure that your educational needs are met depending upon your individual request.
When should I make a reservation for a tour?
The sooner the better! As soon as you know that you would like to make arrangements to visit us for guided tours, please contact us. Keep in mind that March-June are the busiest months for guided tours. On average, groups make arrangements to visit two months prior to the reservation date.
How long do docent-led tours last?
Docent led tours generally last one hour.
What is the chaperone policy?
It is very important that you have one chaperone for every ten students that are under the age of 18. Groups that do not have enough chaperones will not be admitted. Please refer to the chaperone checklist for further details.
How many individuals does a guided tour accommodate?
No more than 30 people may be a part of a docent-led tour. If there are more than 30 people in your party, please call the tour coordinator to discuss other options.
Do I need to alert you of any special accessibility needs my party members may have?
Yes. Please let us know about any accessibility needs so that we may better accommodate you upon your arrival and throughout your visit.
Is there somewhere to eat lunch for students?
Yes. We have a large student lunchroom that is available on a first come first serve basis. We also have a full service café where snack and lunch items can be purchased. If your group of ten or more is planning to use the café, please tell the tour coordinator when making a reservation.
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 Islamic Near East Gallery houses material that comes from the central lands of the Islamic world: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Turkey, and Egypt.
The Penn Museum hosts special exhibitions in the Merle-Smith Galleries. Currently on display is Sacred Spaces: The Photography of Ahmet Ertug. The special exhibition Making and Unmaking Race formed part of the University of Pennsylvania's recent Year of Sound theme.
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.
Developed in conjunction with the Penn Humanities Forum's 2014–2015 theme, The Year of Color, this special exhibit draws upon more than 25 objects from the Penn Museum collection to explore the human phenomenon of valuing and "collecting color"—colored stone—through the ages.
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.
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!
Parking and Wheelchair Entrance
The Museum's Kress Entrance, entered via the driveway on the east side of the Museum at 3260 South Street, is wheelchair accessible.
Handicapped parking is available in Lot 7, the parking garage adjacent to the Museum at the corner of South Street and Convention Avenue, with its entrance off Convention Avenue.
A limited number of wheelchairs are available for use while visiting the Museum. Visitors can ask for wheelchairs at the Kress Entrance.
Wheelchair Accessibility in the Galleries
Public elevators are available to take visitors to most galleries. The Egypt (Sphinx) Gallery, Islamic Near East Gallery, and the Amarna Gallery are only accessible by stairs. If you need elevator access to these galleries, ask for assistance at the Daniel G. Kamin Entrance; a Museum staff person can escort you there via a freight elevator.
There is no elevator access to the Harrison Auditorium, open during some events and special programs. Visitors who cannot use stairs may enter from the outside, via an entrance on 33rd Street (it is advisable to call in advance).
Service animals are welcome in the Museum and its galleries. Service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls.
The Kress Entrance restrooms are equipped with wheelchair accessible stalls.
The men's restroom outside the Harrison Auditorium and the women's restroom in the Kress Entrance are equipped with baby changers. Men's and women's bathrooms in the Kress Entrance feature sink sizes to accommodate children and adults.
Groups with Special Needs
||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)
Only valid complimentary passes with a valid expiration date will be accepted.
ACCESS Cardholder Reduced Admission Initiative
Blue Star Museum Special Admission for Military Families
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. Find out more on our Special Offers page.
The Penn Museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and the first Wednesday of each month, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. The Museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays.
|Tuesday - Sunday||10:00 am - 5:00 pm|
|First Wednesday of each month||10:00 am - 8:00 pm|