FAQs

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. Video cameras and tripods are not permitted in any gallery.

Can I sketch in the Museum?
Yes.

Are baby strollers allowed?
Yes.

Is the Museum handicap accessible? Do you have wheelchairs?
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 Museum cafe serves breakfast, snacks and lunch. The cafe is open Tuesday - Friday 8:30-4:30, Wednesdays until 7:30, and weekends 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?
See our Hours and Admission

Can I bring food or drink into the galleries?
Sorry, food and drink is not permitted in the galleries.

Do you have air-conditioning?
Some of the galleries are air-conditioned. The following galleries have air conditioning: William B. Dietrich Changing Exhibits Gallery, Roman Gallery, Near East Gallery.

Is the Museum interested in acquiring artifacts or objects?
See our Registrar's Office information on donation policy.

Please tell me a little about the main building architecture and the later wings added?
See our Building History

What is the Museum's mission?
Read our mission statement

What are the pieces not-to-be missed?
A one-hour "Highlights of the Galleries" audio tour is coming soon. The podcasts are now available for free download on iTunes in English and Spanish. See our Long-term and Current Changing exhibits pages for more information.

Are the archives open to public?
Access to the 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

Tell me again how to get to the Museum when I get off at this exit? And where is the best place to park, lots versus street parking?
See our information on directions and parking

Can I use a credit card to pay for admission?
Yes

Will children under six enjoy the Museum?
Most definitely!

How long should I plan to visit the Museum in a day?
The length of a visit varies. Generally, visitors tend to stroll the galleries for around 2 hours or so, then have lunch in the cafe or stroll the gardens when the weather is pleasant.

 

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