University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Our traveling exhibitions further the Museum's stated mission to advance the understanding of the world's cultural heritage. The department produces high-quality shows, drawn primarily from the vast collections of the Museum, available to institutions around the globe. Below are traveling exhibitions that are either currently traveling and/or are available to borrow.

For information on hosting one of our exhibits at your museum or institution, please call Traveling Exhibitions at 215.746.6976 or send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Download the Traveling Exhibitions catalogue



The Penn Museum’s Conservation Department is tasked with the long term preservation and conservation of the Museum’s object collections.

Working with other Museum staff, our duties include:

  • review, treatment, and setting exhibition parameters for all objects going on exhibition or out on loan
  • setting travel requirements for all objects going on loan or traveling as part of an exhibition
  • working with Collections staff to provide the best possible environment for the long term preservation of collections in storage
  • providing conservation consultation for Museum staff, researchers, students, and the general public

Additionally, we have a number of work-study students and pre-program interns helping out.

For the past three years, the Conservation Department has been housed in temporary workspaces in the Museum’s Mainwaring Wing while our usual permanent space in the bottom level of the West Wing of the Original 1899 building undergoes extensive renovation. This has provided the opportunity to plan new, enlarged, and improved laboratory spaces. These will include a large treatment lab with area ventilation; a walk-in fume hood; a separate office space; a ‘clean space’ for working on textiles, paper artifacts, matting, and storage mounts; a digital x-ray suite and laser-cleaning station; a dedicated photography area; and a seminar room/library.

Since 1887, the Penn Museum has been one of the leading archaeology and anthropology museums in the world, and has sponsored research in every corner of the globe. The Museum was established in 1887 with a groundbreaking act of archaeological field research—the first American expedition to ancient Babylonia to excavate the site of Nippur (then within the Ottoman Empire, now in modern-day Iraq). Since then, the Museum has undertaken over 300 research projects throughout the world.


Historical Archaeology is the archaeology of the Modern World (1400 CE to Present). Recently in North America this field has expanded its interests beyond colonial and 19th century sites to 20th century sites.

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