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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Musee du Quai Branly (Traveling to Multiple Venues)

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

Musee du quai Branly (Paris, France) – April 7, 2014 – July 20, 2014  http://www.quaibranly.fr/en/

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"

Denver Museum of Nature & Science (Denver, CO) – January 24, 2014 – September 15, 2014

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


Tampa Museum of Art (Traveling to Multiple Venues)

"Poseidon and the Sea: Myth, Cult, and Daily Life"

Joslyn Art Museum (Omaha, NE) – February 8, 2014 – May 11, 2014

Tampa Museum of Art (Tampa, FL) – June 14, 2014 – November 30, 2014

Hood Museum of Art (Hanover, NH) – January 17, 2015 – March 15, 2015

3 Mediterranean Objects


Philadelphia Museum of Art (Traveling to Multiple Venues)

"Korean Treasures: Art and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910"

Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA) – March 1, 2014 – May 26, 2014

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA) – June 29, 2014 – September 21, 2014

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Houston, TX) – October 19, 2014 – January 11, 2015

12 Asian Objects


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


Oriental Institute (Chicago, IL)

"Katumuwa and the Soul in the Stone: Afterlives and Ancestors in the Ancient Middle East"
April 7, 2014 – January 4, 2015


2 Near East Objects


Carlos Museum at Emory University (Atlanta, GA)

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


1 Near East Object


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