Download the data

You can download the object data available in the online collection as either a CSV, XML or JSON file. Each sections' data is available below as well as a single file containing all 372,469 object records. This data is provided 'as-is'. Not all records included herein have been reviewed for completeness or accuracy. That process is ongoing and the Museum would welcome your assistance in drawing our attention to any particularly egregious omissions or inaccuracies. If you have questions about this data please email online.collections@pennmuseum.org. These files were last updated on July 23, 2017.


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This data is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.


  • All (372,469 objects)
    • csv (zipped 17 MB, unzipped 106.1 MB)
    • xml (zipped 22.1 MB, unzipped 375 MB)
    • json (zipped 19.8 MB, unzipped 210.6 MB)
  • African (19,261 objects)
    • csv (zipped 1 MB, unzipped 5.4 MB)
    • xml (zipped 1.3 MB, unzipped 17.3 MB)
    • json (zipped 1.2 MB, unzipped 10 MB)
  • American (149,560 objects)
    • csv (zipped 6.2 MB, unzipped 41.7 MB)
    • xml (zipped 8.2 MB, unzipped 156.5 MB)
    • json (zipped 7.2 MB, unzipped 85.6 MB)
  • Asian (22,252 objects)
    • csv (zipped 1.4 MB, unzipped 7.4 MB)
    • xml (zipped 1.8 MB, unzipped 23.9 MB)
    • json (zipped 1.7 MB, unzipped 13.8 MB)
  • Egyptian (47,843 objects)
    • csv (zipped 1.6 MB, unzipped 12.9 MB)
    • xml (zipped 2.1 MB, unzipped 46.7 MB)
    • json (zipped 1.9 MB, unzipped 26.4 MB)
  • European (8,355 objects)
    • csv (zipped 287.4 KB, unzipped 2.2 MB)
    • xml (zipped 385.5 KB, unzipped 8 MB)
    • json (zipped 334.9 KB, unzipped 4.4 MB)
  • Historic (2,425 objects)
    • csv (zipped 139.7 KB, unzipped 702 KB)
    • xml zipped 174.9 KB, unzipped 2.2 MB)
    • json zipped 158.1 KB, unzipped 1.3 MB)
  • Mediterranean (26,659 objects)
    • csv (zipped 1.9 MB, unzipped 9.1 MB)
    • xml (zipped 2.4 MB, unzipped 31 MB)
    • json (zipped 2.2 MB, unzipped 17.8 MB)
  • Near Eastern (72,731 objects)
    • csv (zipped 3.3 MB, unzipped 20 MB)
    • xml (zipped 4.3 MB, unzipped 66.9 MB)
    • json (zipped 3.8 MB, unzipped 38.2 MB)
  • Oceanian (21,811 objects)
    • csv (zipped 1.2 MB, unzipped 6.3 MB)
    • xml (zipped 1.5 MB, unzipped 21.3 MB)
    • json (zipped 1.3 MB, unzipped 12.4 MB)

  • What is available?

    These files contain metadata about the objects in the collection. This usually includes information about what the object is, a brief physical description, dates, where it is from and what it is made of. Some records will have more information than others. As a work in progress, the Museum continuously strives to improve both the quantity and quality of the data contained within the online database.

    Some fields contain multiple values (e.g. Place Name, Material and Other Number). In the CSV file, multiple values in these fields are seperated by a single pipe-bar character '|'. For complete documentation about the fields in these files please see the About page.

    What isn't available

    Unfortunately, images, information about where the object has been published and its exhibtion history are not included in this dataset. These data sets may be added in the future.

    What can I do with the data?

    Anything! Please use this data for your own projects, amusement, or research. We would love to be surprised by what you create with this data. If you build something let us know.