PHILADELPHIA, PA—Visitors to the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology can now enjoy an English or Spanish audio tour of the Museum's galleries. The Highlights of the Collections Tour can be accessed through an Orpheo Classic handset (available to rent at the main entrance: $5 per person; $4 per person for Museum members and groups of 10 to 30) or via a free podcast download from iTunes. Wi-Fi hotspots in many of the Museum's public spaces allow visitors to access the podcast and other Museum content from laptops or smart phones.
Penn Museum has three gallery floors which feature materials from the ancient Mediterranean, Egyptian, Near and Middle Eastern, South and East Asian, and Central American worlds, as well as anthropological materials from the Americas, Oceania, and North and sub-Saharan Africa. The hour-plus tour gives visitors an opportunity to tour the world through the galleries with expert commentary from nine Museum curators. Highlights include the Museum's iconic 12-ton Sphinx (the third largest in the world), an ancient sarcophagus from Canaan, a famous Maya monument, and a Shingon Buddhist Altar.
The new audio tours are made possible through a generous gift from Doris Samitz and the Penn Museum's volunteer Women's Committee.
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. With an active 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 and adjacent to SEPTA's University City Regional Rail station serving the R1, R2 and R3 lines). Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 4:30pm, Sunday 1pm to 5pm. Closed Mondays and holidays. Admission donation 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" after 3:30pm Tuesday through Saturday, and after 4pm Sunday. Penn Museum can be found on the web at www.penn.museum. For general information call (215) 898-4000.