Objects on Loan

The Penn Museum has an active loan program involving institutions all over the world. Encompassing artifacts from the Museum's many sections—African, American, Asian, Babylonian, Egyptian, Mediterranean, Near East, and Oceanian—as well as the Museum Archives, these loans generally form part of larger exhibitions curated and designed by other museums, either for showcase in their own galleries or for the purpose of traveling to multiple venues.

By agreeing to loan our objects and participate in these exhibitions, we share our extraordinary collections with audiences that may never have the chance to visit the Penn Museum. Loaning objects also provides scholars the opportunity to interpret our collections in light of their own interests, allowing for a diversity of narratives told through the use of our collections.

If your museum is interested in borrowing from our collection, please read our Loan Procedures.

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Autry National Center of the American West (Los Angeles, CA)

"Floral Journey: Native North American Beadwork"
March 15, 2014 – April 26, 2015


3 North American Objects


Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Traveling to Multiple Venues)

"The Plains Indians: Artists of the Earth and Sky"

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, MO) – September 20, 3014 – January 18, 2015  http://www.nelson-atkins.org/

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY) – March 2, 2015 – May 17, 2015  http://www.metmuseum.org/

3 North American Objects


Science Museum of Minnesota (Traveling to Multiple Venues)

"Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed"

Museum of Science, Boston (Boston, MA) – October 17, 2014 – May 3, 2015

San Diego Natural History Museum (San Diego, CA) – June 12, 2015 – January 3, 2016)

31 American Objects


Telus World of Science (Edmonton, Canada)

“Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology”
October 11, 2014 – April 6, 2015


69 Objects from the American, Asian, Egyptian, Mediterranean, Near East, and Babylonian Sections & 4 Archival Documents


Princeton University Art Museum (Princeton, NJ)

"Art of the Ancient Americas"

January 5, 2015


6 American Objects


Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (New York, NY)

"From Ancient to Modern: Archaeology and Aesthetics"
February 15, 2015 – June 7, 2015


40 Near East Objects & 24 Archival Documents


Carlos Museum at Emory University (Atlanta, GA)

"Near Eastern Gallery"
April 1, 2013 – September 30, 2015


1 Near East Object


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