Penn Museum Building campaign

Campaign Priorities

“For 130 years, the Penn Museum has excavated the treasures that tell our story. With our campaign, we are embarking on perhaps our grandest excavation yet—revealing the Museum itself.”


The Penn Museum houses one of the world’s greatest collections of ancient artifacts united with the best research, technology, teaching, and programming.

The Penn Museum’s exploration has taken us across six continents and positioned us as a leader in the international scholarly community. We extend that exploratory spirit through research and teaching at the groundbreaking Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM), and by igniting young minds through deep and engaging K–12 programs.

The Penn Museum is building transformation, with plans for a dramatic reconfiguration of our historic building—and with it, new signature galleries and new programming. This Campaign will enable us to unveil thousands of previously unseen artifacts, expand classroom and fieldwork opportunities for students, make our visitor experience more comfortable and meaningful, and transform our signature spaces.

Building Transformation

Campaign Priorities

Revitalize our historic building, letting in the light, renovating the storied Harrison Auditorium, and creating a sleek new entrance and a comfortable and fully accessible visitor experience with new air conditioning, elevators, and pathways.

Create bright, sophisticated new galleries to house our world-famous collections from the Middle East, Africa, and Mexico and Central America.

Dramatically reimagine our galleries of Egypt and Nubia, bringing the beliefs and cultures of magnificent, ancient civilizations to life through the imposing installation of the only pharaonic palace outside of Egypt.

Ensure the future of our teaching and research, by endowing curatorial positions and hands-on opportunities for Penn students to work with our ancient artifacts, and supporting the public school programs that already engage almost every 7th-grader in Philadelphia.

Ready to make transformation possible?