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 379,194 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 January 14, 2018.


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


  • All (379,194 objects)
    • csv (zipped 34.7 MB, unzipped 108.5 MB)
    • xml (zipped 45.1 MB, unzipped 382.7 MB)
    • json (zipped 40.2 MB, unzipped 215.1 MB)
  • African (18,974 objects)
    • csv (zipped 2 MB, unzipped 5.4 MB)
    • xml (zipped 2.5 MB, unzipped 17.1 MB)
    • json (zipped 2.3 MB, unzipped 9.9 MB)
  • American (152,610 objects)
    • csv (zipped 12.7 MB, unzipped 42.5 MB)
    • xml (zipped 16.8 MB, unzipped 159.5 MB)
    • json (zipped 14.8 MB, unzipped 87.3 MB)
  • Asian (22,402 objects)
    • csv (zipped 2.9 MB, unzipped 7.4 MB)
    • xml (zipped 3.7 MB, unzipped 24.1 MB)
    • json (zipped 3.3 MB, unzipped 14 MB)
  • Egyptian (47,834 objects)
    • csv (zipped 3.2 MB, unzipped 12.9 MB)
    • xml (zipped 4.3 MB, unzipped 46.7 MB)
    • json (zipped 3.8 MB, unzipped 26.4 MB)
  • European (9,115 objects)
    • csv (zipped 697.3 KB, unzipped 2.6 MB)
    • xml (zipped 918.2 KB, unzipped 9 MB)
    • json (zipped 807.7 KB, unzipped 5 MB)
  • Historic (2,518 objects)
    • csv (zipped 283.7 KB, unzipped 741.6 KB)
    • xml zipped 354.8 KB, unzipped 2.4 MB)
    • json zipped 321.9 KB, unzipped 1.4 MB)
  • Mediterranean (28,073 objects)
    • csv (zipped 3.7 MB, unzipped 9.4 MB)
    • xml (zipped 4.8 MB, unzipped 32.4 MB)
    • json (zipped 4.3 MB, unzipped 18.6 MB)
  • Near Eastern (74,056 objects)
    • csv (zipped 6.7 MB, unzipped 20.8 MB)
    • xml (zipped 8.6 MB, unzipped 68.6 MB)
    • json (zipped 7.7 MB, unzipped 39.4 MB)
  • Oceanian (21,997 objects)
    • csv (zipped 2.4 MB, unzipped 6.4 MB)
    • xml (zipped 3.1 MB, unzipped 21.6 MB)
    • json (zipped 2.8 MB, unzipped 12.6 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.