University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

You can download the object data available in the online collections database as either a CSV, XML or JSON file. Each Curatorial Sections' data is available below as well as a single file containing all 372,856 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.

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These files were last updated on August 20, 2017

All (372,856 objects)
  • csv (zipped 17.2 MB, unzipped 106.2 MB)
  • xml (zipped 22.4 MB, unzipped 375.5 MB)
  • json (zipped 20 MB, unzipped 210.9 MB)
African (19,387 objects)
  • csv (zipped 1.1 MB, unzipped 5.4 MB)
  • xml (zipped 1.4 MB, unzipped 17.4 MB)
  • json (zipped 1.2 MB, unzipped 10 MB)
American (149,572 objects)
  • csv (zipped 6.3 MB, unzipped 41.7 MB)
  • xml (zipped 8.3 MB, unzipped 156.5 MB)
  • json (zipped 7.3 MB, unzipped 85.7 MB)
Asian (22,259 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 (47,842 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 (8,407 objects)
  • csv (zipped 307 KB, unzipped 2.3 MB)
  • xml (zipped 423.6 KB, unzipped 8.1 MB)
  • json (zipped 362.5 KB, unzipped 4.5 MB)
Historic (2,425 objects)
  • csv (zipped 148 KB, unzipped 702 KB)
  • xml zipped 190.9 KB, unzipped 2.2 MB)
  • json zipped 171 KB, unzipped 1.3 MB)
Mediterranean (26,819 objects)
  • csv (zipped 1.8 MB, unzipped 9.1 MB)
  • xml (zipped 2.4 MB, unzipped 31.2 MB)
  • json (zipped 2.1 MB, unzipped 17.9 MB)
Near East (72,760 objects)
  • csv (zipped 3.3 MB, unzipped 20.1 MB)
  • xml (zipped 4.3 MB, unzipped 66.9 MB)
  • json (zipped 3.8 MB, unzipped 38.3 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 1.4 MB, unzipped 12.4 MB)

What is available?

These files contain metadata about the objects in the Penn Museum 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 collections 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 Help 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 datasets 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.

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