Secrets of the Silk Road to Open with Mummies, Artifacts from China

Penn Museum Special Announcement:
Penn Museum’s Secrets of the Silk Road Exhibition to Open with Mummies and Artifacts from China!

Penn Museum is pleased to announce that its landmark exhibition from China, Secrets of the Silk Road, will now open to the public with the full complement of artifacts and mummies for a limited time only, beginning Friday, February 18. Penn Museum will extend day and evening hours to help accommodate those who wish to experience this extraordinary exhibition during its limited run.

The artifacts and mummies—making their exclusive East Coast appearance—will be on display in the Museum’s exhibition presentation developed exclusively for Philadelphia, and will run through Tuesday, March 15. From March 17 through March 28, the exhibition will continue, with all the artifacts but without the two mummies.

“We are delighted to be able to present the complete range of this spectacular material,” said Dr. Richard Hodges, the Williams Director of the Penn Museum. "Secrets of the Silk Road is an historic, must-see exhibition—and we encourage people to make sure to come to the Penn Museum during its limited run.”

“Penn President Amy Gutmann, Provost Vincent Price, and I want to extend our deepest appreciation to U.S. Ambassador to China Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., and his wonderful counterpart Zhang Yesui, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the United States, as well as the gracious senior Chinese officials, including State Councilor Liu Yandong, State Councilor Dai Bingguo, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Culture Minister Cai Wu, and Director of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage Shan Jixiang and their colleagues, who have so generously assisted us in making all these artifacts available,“ said Dr. Hodges.

The current modified exhibition, which has been running since February 5, closes to the public on Sunday, February 13 to install the rare and sometimes fragile artifacts,  some of which are more than 3,800 years old. The traveling exhibition first opened at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California, before being shown at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

The exhibition reopens to the public Friday, February 18, at 1:00 pm, with extended day and evening hours.

Full details about the exhibition are online.

Information about the exhibition, and special programs, is available at the exhibition website.


Penn Museum will offer extended hours and days during the limited run of Secrets of the Silk Road. The Museum and exhibition will be open seven days a week.  Exhibition hours are 10 am to 6 pm Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday (ticket times are 10:00 am to 4:30 pm); 10:00 am to 9:00 pm on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (ticket times are 10:00 am to 7:30 pm).  A special hour from 9:00 to 10:00 am will be reserved for groups.  Details at or 877-77-CLICK (25425).


General admission timed tickets (includes admission to the rest of the Museum)

·      Adult: $22.50
·      Senior (65+)/Military: $18.50
·      Students (full-time with ID)/Children (6 to 17 years): $16.50

Discounted group timed tickets for groups of 10 or more (includes admission to the rest of the Museum):

·      Adult: $17.50
·      Senior (65+)/Military/Students (full-time with ID): $15
·      Children (6 to 17 years): $12

Call or email about extended group hours, tailored package options, and reservations.
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The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 400 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. Three gallery floors offer a trip through time and across continents, with materials from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Asia, Central America, and the Mediterranean World, as well as traditional materials from Africa and the Americas. With an active special exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, the Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind's collective heritage.

Penn Museum is located at 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (on Penn's campus, across from Franklin Field). Public transportation is available by SEPTA's University City Regional Rail Line at University City Station; the Market-Frankfort Subway Line at Market and 34th Streets; the Surface Trolley Lines 11, 13, 34, and 36; and buses 12, 21, 30, 40, and 42. General admission donation (does not include Silk Road exhibition) is $10 for adults; $7 for senior citizens (65 and above); $6 children (6 to 17) and full-time students with ID; free to Members, PennCard holders, and children 5 and younger; "pay-what-you-want" the last hour before closing. Hot and cold meals and light refreshments are offered visitors with or without Museum admission in The Pepper Mill Cafe; the Museum Shop and Pyramid Shop for Children offer a wide selection of gifts, books, games, clothing and jewelry. Penn Museum can be found on the web at For general information call (215) 898-4000. For group tour information call (215) 746-8183.

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First Wednesdays: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Monday: CLOSED


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