University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

What better way to learn about the culture of another place than to speak to someone who grew up there? Through the Global Guides Program, the Museum offers gallery tours led by immigrants and refugees. In addition to sharing historical information about the artifacts on display, the guides combine personal experiences and stories to interpret objects from their countries of origin. Global Guides will present tours and enrichment programs for the Museum’s new Signature Galleries: Middle East Galleries, coming Spring 2018 Mexico and Central America Gallery, coming Fall 2019 Africa Galleries, Coming 2019 Join the guides for the following tour programs: Public Global Guides Tours Global Guide public gallery tours begin with the opening of the Middle East Galleries, and are offered throughout May on Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 pm. The tours are free with Museum admission and there is no need for advance reservations. Additional public tours and experiences throughout the summer are listed on our Tours page. Group Global Guides Tours Private Global Guide tours of the Middle East Galleries can be scheduled for groups of 10 or more. Discounted group rates are available, and tours are available in English and Arabic. To schedule a tour (allow at least two weeks advance notice), visitors can contact Amanda Grady, Group Sales Manager, at 215.746.8183 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. 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This gave him tremendous motivation to work with Penn Museum as a Global Guide. His accumulated personal experiences enable him to reflect and share memories with visitors and folks who are curious about the past. Abdulhadi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Baghdad. Ali Arif has a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Al-Mustansiriyah University. He has eight years of experience working as a regulatory and governmental affairs manager for Fanoos Telecom, the biggest wireless operator in Iraq. He also served as a translator and language teacher for the United State military in Iraq. He recently came to the Unites States, establishing a new life in Philadelphia with his family. In Iraq, Ali was surrounded by precious, historic relics from Mesopotamia and Babylon. When he first came to live here, he discovered the similarities between contemporary Philadelphia and the Mesopotamian historical images he had in his memory. Ali is glad that he will be able to share his connections to ancient cultures in the Penn Museum’s new Middle East Galleries with the public. Yaroub Al Obaidi was born in Iraq and has lived in Philadelphia since June 2016. He has worked as a designer, researcher, author, and also lectured at the College of Fine Arts at the University of Baghdad from 2004 to 2007. Yaroub worked for five years as a community leader organizing between the Iraqi community and the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). He was inspired to work at the Penn Museum because he feels that history and archaeology shed light on our ancestors. As an artist and designer, he loves the visual arts and is always considering the past and present to build a stronger future. He holds a Master’s Degree in Design from the University of Baghdad, and is currently Ph.D. candidate at the University of Science Malaysia. His motto is, “Life is full of joy and opportunities; we should be at the right place at the right time and meet the right people.“ Syria Moumena Saradar is a professional medical interpreter in Arabic, working for several interpreting agencies in Philadelphia. She is originally from Syria. Her travels to several countries in Asia and Africa and her experiences viewing popular Egyptian monuments motivated her to share her cultural understanding as a Global Guide at the Penn Museum. Moumena has worked with newly resettled immigrants in Philadelphia, including her work as a translator for resettled people as part of the recent Photo Voice project at Jefferson University. Her great passion is spending time with her five kids, reading American adventure tales, and swimming. She holds an Associate Degree in Laboratory Sciences from University of Damascus. Funding Recognition The Global Guides: Immigrant Stories Tour Program was made possible by the generosity of the Barra Foundation.


Roll up your sleeves and feel your way through ancient history! The best way to learn about the past is by touching it - handle ancient tablets from the collection of Penn Museum and then make your own or even learn the ancient art of Japanese woodblock print making. There is always something new to discover at the Penn Museum. Contact Group Sales Handling Ancient Cuneiform Tablets The Sumerians of ancient Mesopotamia created perhaps the earliest written collection of stories in the world - or rather their children did. Archaeologists have dug up the exercise tablets on Sumerian children practiced learning signs and copying myths and legends by the thousands. By handling both ancient tablets from the collection of Penn Museum and modern clay and styluses, your group will follow the path of the ancient scribes as they learned the mysteries of the cuneiform writing system. Length: 1 hour per session Capacity: 30 people per session Booking: Please allow at least three weeks lead time when booking this workshop Pricing: Please contact group sales for pricing information “Making” Workshops The Penn Museum is serving up a series of workshops for people who like to learn by doing. In the “Making” workshops your group will step into the past by studying ancient objects from the Museum’s international collections while crafting and/or using modern replicas of your own. Penn faculty experts and local artisans lead these engaging sessions and answer your questions. Make anything from spears and ancient weaponry, to Japanese woodblock print making, or even Maya hot chocolate! Length: 1 hour per session Capacity: 40 people per session Booking: Please allow at least three weeks lead time when booking a “Making Workshop” Pricing: Please contact group sales for pricing information The Archaeologist Within You It may be difficult for the average person to relate to the work of archaeologists. However, we all do this archeological work instinctively whenever we come across an unfamiliar object in our daily lives – a strange piece of litter on the street, an obscure knick knack at a friend’s house, an unknown tool at the hardware store. Participants in this activity with work as a group to take on the role of archaeologists and try to make sense of various mystery modern-day objects. Groups will discuss their process of discovery and how it relates to their current professional roles and responsibilities. Participants can expect to take away a deeper understanding of the archaeological process, an awareness of their own learning process, and an appreciation for the various ways that leadership skills are used in everyday tasks. Length: 1 hour per session Capacity: 30 people per session Booking: Please allow at least three weeks lead time when booking this workshop Pricing: Please contact group sales for pricing information


Take your group experience to the next level! Dig deeper into the history behind the Penn Museum’s world famous excavations, talk to our Conservation team about how they preserve objects in preparation for new exhibitions, and gain an insider’s view of artifacts from the vaults of storage not regularly on display for the general public. Contact Group Sales Visit the Penn Museum Archives Explore the Penn Museum's historic Archives, housed in the charming nineteenth century former library of the museum! The records within this intriguing space tell the story of where and how we obtained the objects in the Penn Museum, right from the words of working archaeologists! Take a trip through these rich stories with Museum Senior Archivist Alex Pezzati as you investigate the many unusual tales from this vast collection. Tour topics include... Research Around the World Since its founding in 1887, the Penn Museum has sent out more than 300 field expeditions, to places such as Ur, Iraq; Memphis, Egypt; and Tikal, Guatemala. Go behind the scenes with Penn Museum archaeologists during their excavations in Egypt, Mesoamerica, or Iraq. Hear stories and anecdotes from the Museum’s past, illustrated with vintage photographs, drawings, maps, letters, and more. Penn Museum Greatest Hits The archives houses magnificent works of archaeological art and pioneering photography from around the world, as well as maps, documents, and correspondence from famous individuals See some of the finest visual materials and interesting documents from the collection, and hear the stories behind them. Photography in Archaeology and Anthropology The histories of archaeology and photography are intertwined, and photographic documentation is essential in both archaeology and anthropology. The archives houses more than half a million images, in all formats. See rare photographic prints of pioneering photographs of people and places from around the world, 1860s through 1920s, including images by Edward S. Curtis, William Henry Jackson, Bonfils, and more. Archaeological Illustrations The work of artists and illustrators is essential in archaeology. Over the years, the Penn Museum has employed a number of extremely talented artists. Before the development of color photography in the mid-1930s, these artists made all color illustrations by hand. The archives also houses archaeological caricatures and cartoons. See masterworks of archaeological art and hear the stories of the people who made them. Due to museum construction, the Archives will not be wheelchair accessible from April 23, 2018 – November 17, 2018. Length: 1 hour per session Capacity: 20 people per session Booking: Please allow at least three weeks lead time when arranging for a trip to the Archives Pricing: Please contact group sales for pricing information Up Close with the Artifacts The Collections Study Room serves as a laboratory where college students can examine and discuss Museum artifacts from our storerooms firsthand. Professors are encouraged to lead their students to observe, interpret, synthesize, analyze and organize our material culture in this space. The room can accommodate groups of up to 20 students and includes 5 state-of-the-art storage cabinets, a photography station, and an interactive SMART Board, along with Academic Engagement staff to help you facilitate your experience. Explore the Digital Penn Museum here! Length: 1 hour per session Capacity: 20 people per session Booking: Please allow at least three weeks lead time when booking a visit to the Collections Study Room Pricing: Please contact group sales for pricing information Q&A with a Conservator in The Artifact Lab Part exhibition, and part working laboratory, a glass-enclosed conservation lab brings you right into a museum conservator’s world. See the tools of the trade and watch as conservators work on a wide array of artifacts being prepared for exhibit in the Museum’s signature galleries. Enjoy this unique opportunity to talk with and follow conservators as they protect, restore, and preserve pieces of human history in this 2,000 square foot exhibition. Length: Open window hours are weekdays, 11:00 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 2:00 pm, and weekends, 12:00 - 12:30 pm and 3:00 - 3:30 pm. Capacity: 30 people per session Booking: The Artifact Lab is open to the public but please contact Group Sales to if you are interested in visiting this exhibit Pricing: Complimentary with museum admission


Watch actor and comedian, CJ Jones, as he takes you on a tour of the highlights of the Penn Museum in American Sign Language. Introduction to the Highlights Tour of the Penn Museum Welcome to the Penn Museum! CJ Jones is going to take you on a tour of the highlights of the galleries tour in American Sign Language. In this introduction, CJ explains exactly what archaeology and anthropology is before opening the door to explore the galleries. The Sphinx Sphinx, Memphis (Palace of Merenptah), Dynasty 19, Reigns of Ramses II-Merenptah (1279-1204 BCE), Red Granite. Penn Museum Object E12326. Colossal Head of Ramses II Head of a Colossal Statue of Ramses II, Abydos, Dynasty 19, Reign of Ramses II (1290-1224 BCE), Limestone (restored), Penn Museum Object 69-29-1. Depicted here is the bust one of a series of colossal figures that originally decorated the front of a row of rectangular pillars in the courtyard of a small temple at Abydos. The king is depicted mummiform in the style of the god Osiris. The king holds the symbols of kingship, the crook and flail, in his now missing hands. Since the figure was intended to tower over any human below, the eyes look down. Much of the original color remains. Door Socket This door socket is from Hierakonpolis in southern Egypt, an important place because its rulers became some of the first pharaohs around 3000 BCE. This door socket would have been part of a long row of bound enemies who formed a door threshold. Mummies This popular Museum exhibition features human and animal mummies, tomb artifacts, and objects and materials used in the mummification process. It offers an in-depth look at the ancient Egyptian beliefs in the afterlife, and the complex funerary practices they developed over thousands of years. The exhibition also looks at what modern-day scientists, through x-ray, autopsy and other techniques, have learned about ancient Egyptian culture. Mummy of a Child This is an example of a mummy of a young boy from the Roman period in Egypt about 2,000 years ago. We are uncertain how he died. A current project here at the Penn Museum involves the CAT-scanning of all of our mummies at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in order to retrieve information without having to unwrap the body. China The Chinese Rotunda is the majestic setting of the Museum's Chinese collection. Ninety feet in diameter and soaring ninety feet high, the rotunda is one of the largest unsupported masonry domes in the United States, housing one of the finest collections of monumental Chinese art in the country. The Tang Horses Emperor Taizong's Horses, China, Zhaoling, Shaanxi province, Tang Period (circa 636-649 AD), Stone, H. 169, Penn Museum Object C395. The Shingon Altar The Shingon altar is composed of pieces from a larger Japanese Temple put together by Maxwell Sommerville in 1899. Iraq's Ancient Past In 1922—the same year that Howard Carter shocked the world with his discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb in Egypt—a little-known British archaeologist, Charles Leonard Woolley, began excavations near the town of Nasiriyah at the site of Ur—one of ancient Mesopotamia's most important cities. His most remarkable discovery was a massive cemetery with thousands of burials, including a small number of rich tombs belonging to the kings and queens of Ur from around 2500 BCE. The Royal Cemetery of Ur and its spectacular finds still fascinate and challenge us today. In this exhibition, you will encounter one of the top ten archaeological discoveries of all time and explore early Mesopotamia through the lens of research carried out in the decades following Woolley's incredible discovery. The Bull-headed Lyre Lyre with Bearded Bull's Head and Inlaid Panel, Royal Cemetery, Ur, Iraq, Early Dynastic III, 2550-2450 BCE, Wood, lapis lazuli, gold, silver, shell, bitumen, H. 35.6 cm. Penn Museum Object B17694. Ram Caught in a Thicket from Ur This goat standing upright against a flowering plant and its counterpart in the British Museum are two of the most famous objects from the Royal Cemetery of Ur. They have frequently been referred to as the Ram Caught in a Thicket because the biblical image (Gen. 22:13) so aptly fits the sculptures. Ram Caught in a Thicket, Gold, silver, lapis lazuli, copper, shell, red limestone, and bitumen, H. 42.6 cm. Penn Museum Object 30-12-702. Canaan and Israel The Penn Museum holds nearly 25,000 artifacts from excavations in the Levant, a geographical area that encompasses modern Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, Jordan and Lebanon, as well as adjacent parts of Syria. Penn Museum's holdings represent the largest collection of artifacts from the region in the United States and the Western Hemisphere. Sarcophagus from Canaan (ca. 1250-1150 BCE) At Beth Shean, fragments of fifty clay sarcophagi were found in reused Early Bronze Age tombs. These sarcophagi date from the last phase of the Egyptian empire in Canaan (ca. 1250-1150 BCE). The lids of these sarcophagi depict faces and upper torsos. Rome The Romans traced their mythical beginnings to the Trojan War and to Romulus, who supposedly founded the city of Rome in 753 BCE. It was the genius of the Romans to transform Greek ideals and the ways of their Etruscan forerunners into their own civilized and highly organized way of life. During the 4th and 3rd centuries BCE they absorbed many parts of Italy, including the Etruscan homeland. In the 3rd and 2nd century BCE they captured the Carthaginian controlled areas of North Africa, Sardinia, western Sicily and Spain, the Greek colonies of southern Italy and Sicily, the Greek homeland and the Hellenistic kingdoms. Under the reign of Trajan (98-117 CE), the Roman Empire reached its greatest extent. Roman norms embraced the empire, incorporating peoples of various races, language groups, and cultural backgrounds. The Puteoli Marble Block Dominating the new Roman World gallery is an internationally famous military relief, once part of a commemorative arch for the emperor Trajan, erected in 102 CE at ancient Puteoli near Naples. This monumental sculpture is also a prime example of Roman politics combined with Roman practicality -- the opposite side of the marble block contains an earlier inscription honoring the emperor Domitian. Visitors can see how the inscription was painstakingly, but incompletely, chiseled off after Domitian's assassination and official disgrace by the Roman Senate in 96 CE. Model of a Roman House The centerpiece of the Rome Gallery is a 4 ft. x 2 ft. model of a Roman house of the type excavated at Pompeii and Herculaneum. Visitors can learn about Vitruvius, a famous Roman architect, and his variations in housing design. Etruscan Italy The Etruscans dominated the central part of the Italic peninsula during the late 8th through the 6th centuries BCE. Their economy depended largely on trade, and their commercial contacts favored the Greek colonies in Southern Italy and Sicily. They imported Greek pottery in great quantity, and, in fact, much of the Greek pottery preserved to us from antiquity was found in Etruscan tombs. Etruscans were influential in transforming Rome into an urban center in the 6th century BCE and Roman tradition identifies a family of Etruscans, the Tarquins, as the last dynastic rulers of Rome. Although their civilization was eventually eclipsed by Roman rule, their legacy lived on in Roman customs and culture. Greece The Greeks were the pre-eminent merchants of the Mediterranean world. Even in the Bronze Age their commercial contacts reached to Egypt and the Near East. During the height of Greek civilization their city-states dominated the economy of the entire Mediterranean region. The Greeks were also energetic colonizers. From as early as the 8th century BCE Greek emigrants founded new settlements in Italy, North Africa, southern France, Asia Minor, and the Black Sea region. Alexander the Great (d. 323 BCE) conquered the east as far as India. His successors brought about an unparalleled expansion of Greek civilization in which Greek language and culture became the koine, the most common and acceptable way of life. Attic Black Amphora One of the most important objects in the gallery is the large amphora of c. 540-530 BCE decorated with scenes from the Trojan War. Found in a tomb in Orvieto, Italy, it was painted by the well-known Athenian artist Exekias. Grave Stela The design of this Greek grave relief is common for the Classical period of the 5th and 4th centuries BCE. Find out who the people are carved on this grave marker. Stela 14 Stela 14, Piedras Negras, Central Lowlands, Guatemala; Classic Maya, 758 CE, (Limestone; Loan from the Government of Guatemala). Closing Credits We hope you enjoyed the tour. Please come and visit us in person in Philadelphia! This ASL video tour was made in loving memory of Jason Stefaniuk.


Housing one of the world's greatest collections of ancient artifacts from around the world, the Museum illustrates the human story: who we are and where we came from. Engaging one hour tours can accommodate up to 30 people per tour and are currently available in English, Mandarin, Japanese, Spanish, Nepali, Hindi, French, Italian, and Dutch (subject to guide availability). How to choose the tour that best suits your group: What type of tour would you like - Gallery tour or highlights tour? Who would you like to lead your tour - Docent, Graduate Student, Ph.D. or Global Guide? Contact Group Sales to plan your visit!   Group Rates Contact Group Sales NEW! GLOBAL GUIDES TOURS What better way to learn about the culture of another place than to speak to someone who grew up there? Through the Global Guides Program, the Museum offers gallery tours led by immigrants and refugees. In addition to sharing historical information about the artifacts on display, the guides combine personal experiences and stories to interpret objects from their countries of origin. Global Guides will present tours and enrichment programs for the Museum’s new Signature Galleries: Middle East Galleries, coming April 2018 in English and ArabicMexico and Central America Gallery, coming 2019 Africa Galleries, coming 2019 Funded by The Barra Foundation Gallery Tours Our Signature and Special Exhibition Galleries are geographically arranged - gallery tours allow you to immerse yourself in one gallery by exploring another region of the world. China’s Silk Road: Where East Meets West Do you want to learn what China invented, traded, and received throughout history? Step into the Chinese Rotunda Gallery to follow the ancient network of trade routes. From the exchange of war horses to the spread of Buddhism, the Silk Road paved the path for Chinese civilization. Come witness the first evidence of Chinese script on ox scapula and turtle plastron. Come learn what the Chinese received in return for trading silk. Come discover what impact India had on China’s religious landscape. From the relief of Emperor Taizong with his beloved horses and the royal Iranian horses placed in tombs, to the protective warriors at temples and the Buddhist enlightened beings, you will see firsthand how the Silk Road profoundly impacted Chinese history. Middle East Galleries The 4,500-year-old crowning jewelry of a Mesopotamian queen. One of the world’s oldest wine vessels. A baby’s rattle. A school child’s first writing tablet. A workman’s tool. Through these fascinating objects and over 1,200 more, the Penn Museum’s new Middle East Galleries will take you on a journey, exploring how ancient Mesopotamian societies gave rise to the world’s first cities—cities not so very different, in many ways, from our own. Learn more about the Middle East Galleries Bearing Witness: Four Days in West Kingston In May 2010, the “Tivoli Incursion,” a standoff between Jamaican security forces and a local gang leader wanted for extradition by the United States government, resulted in the death of at least 75 civilians in West Kingston on the island of Jamaica. This new exhibition—part art installation, part memorial, and part call to action—sheds light on those events through compelling video and audio footage featuring firsthand accounts of people directly impacted by the violence. Learn more about Bearing Witness: Four Days in West Kingston Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq Closing November 2018! This new exhibition, created in conjunction with the Penn Cultural Heritage Center, sheds light on the ongoing destruction of cultural heritage in the Middle East by showing what’s at stake—the rich history of the region and the diversity of its people—and what’s being done to prevent the loss of this history and cultural identity. Fascinating ancient art and artifacts from the Penn Museum’s extensive Near East collection tells the stories of the cultures of Syria and Iraq through time. Learn more about Cultures in the Crossfire Africa Fascinating artifacts, many from the colonial period of this diverse continent, include masks, staffs, musical instruments, ivory, and jewelry, as well as objects of everyday life. Learn more about the Africa Gallery Canaan and Israel The Penn Museum’s late 21st century excavations in the Levant collected most of these artifacts, which demonstrate the influence of other cultures on objects of daily life. Learn more about the Canaan and Israel Gallery China An architectural marvel in its own right, the majestic Chinese Rotunda houses one of the finest collections of monumental Chinese art in the country. Learn more about the China Gallery Egypt Our Egypt Galleries contain a monumental 15-ton granite sphinx, the centerpiece of one of the finest collections of Egyptian architecture on display in the United States. Along with ancient mummies, you’ll find carved relief, stone coffins, and exquisite three-dimensional sculpture testifying to the superb craftsmanship of Egyptian sculptors throughout history. Learn more about the Egypt Galleries Etruscan/Roman World Engraved gems, bronze statuettes, arms and armor, terracotta vessels, fine bucchero pottery, and elegant filigreed gold jewelry illustrate this once-prosperous and influential empire. Learn more about the Etruscan Roman Gallery Greece Ancient Greek society is illuminated through 400+ objects, including exquisite painted vases with depictions of ancient gods and myths, bronze armor, marble sculptures, and coinage. Learn more about the Greece Gallery Mesoamerica Examples of the pre-Columbian civilizations of Mesoamerica include carved limestone monuments with Maya hieroglyphic writing and carved alabaster vases from the Uloa Valley in Honduras. Learn more about the Mesoamerica Gallery Native American Voices Remarkable objects from across the nation, paired with contemporary voices, combine to offer a new understanding of the first inhabitants of the North American continent, as told through Native American perspectives. Learn more about Native American Voices Rome The artistic, commercial and technical achievements of the Romans are showcased through marble and bronze sculptures, engraved gems, jewelry, gold and silver coins, and celebrated Roman glass. Learn more about the Rome Gallery Show Me the Mummy! It’s hard to imagine ancient Egypt without mummification or the process of preserving the body after death. Pop-culture presents the idea that mummies come back to life to seek revenge or fulfill an ancient curse. However, for the ancient Egyptians the purpose of mummification was to be reborn and live for eternity. Embark on a tour of discovery through the Museum’s Egyptian Galleries and uncover how ancient Egyptians used mummification to preserve their legacies and achieve an eternal goal. You will explore the mythological origins of mummification, examine both human and animal mummies that are thousands of years old, decode elaborately decorated coffins, and discover how scanning technology is used to “unwrap” a mummy's layers to help us to better understand this ancient ritual. (Disclaimer: This tour involves viewing ancient human remains) Highlights Tours Can't choose just one gallery? Arrange for a themed highlights tour that spans multiple galleries within the Museum! These tours help you explore some of the best cultural objects throughout the globe. Archaeology Around the Museum - Most Popular! What do objects tell us about the history, culture, and technology of the societies that produced them? This tour explains how archaeologists know what they know about the past. Archaeology is the study of human history through material evidence – this research helps us understand past cultures. Trek through seven galleries within the Museum, focusing on 11 of the 200 Penn Museum artifacts featured in the Smithsonian publication History of the World in 1000 Objects. Journey through the past and uncover fantastic artifacts from China, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Etruscan Italy, Mesoamerica and Africa. Culinary Expeditions: Ancient Diet and Tools for Cooking Dig into this globetrotting, gustatory journey: discover ancient diets such as the “power bars” of the ancient Africans, hear the hymns of praise to Ninkasi (the Mesopotamian goddess of beer), and uncover how biomolecular archaeology sheds light on ancient alcohol. Then “sober up” and listen to the cautious advice about the hazards of excess drinking given from an Egyptian father to son on a papyrus note. Explore how have our diets and eating habits changed since the time of the Ancient Egyptians and Mesopotamians. The findings may surprise you! The Afterlife: You Can Take It With You Take a look at the different burial traditions and beliefs about the afterlife. A universal concept, the afterlife is a realm in which an essential part of an individual continues to exist after the death. On this cross-cultural tour, your group will view a number of important historical objects – usually those that were buried along with a person – to see what they can tell us about that culture’s understanding of the afterlife. Uncover the grave goods which served as exemplars of a culture’s concept of the afterlife and explore how each culture fashioned an afterlife unique to its experience; one that meshed with its understanding of the physical world. Global Connections in the Ancient World In our dynamic global economy, take a step back into history and unearth how ancient civilizations around the world interacted and inspired one another. Investigate the lasting impact that the global trade of goods, ideas, and theories had on the development of cultures. Learn how objects in our collection tell ongoing stories of interconnectedness across time and space – with both positive and negative effects. The tour will reveal what may be the first world religion, how West Africa affected European History, how one spearhead changed our view of the past, and how lucky Philadelphia is to have this world-class collection of artifacts. Queens, Warriors and Archaeologists: Women in the Penn Museum Women are often invisible in our accounts of the past, overshadowed by more famous men. This tour explores ways to find women through archaeology and anthropology. We trace stories of famous and not-so-famous women in the Penn Museum, as well as the tales of adventurous female archaeologists who have excavated ancient sites and translated undeciphered scripts. We uncover the different ways that societies think of womanhood and gender, exploring how women carve out room for themselves across time and space. The Secret Life of Pets in the Ancient World We call them our best friends, but just how long have we had these furry companions? Take a look closer at some of the archaeological evidence for our four-legged friends! This tour focuses on the relationship of humans and their domestic animals in ancient cultures by examining an Egyptian cat mummy, a Chinese horse sculpture, Athenian canine vase imagery, and much more! In many ways, the discipline of archaeology allows us to better understand our "best friends" through the ages.


The Penn Museum recognizes the diversity of our guests' abilities and needs, and we offer a variety of programs and services to ensure the accessibility of the Museum and its collection. Accessible Entrances and Parking Each of the Museum’s entrances are accessible: The Main Entrance (Kamin), located across from Franklin Field on South Street, is accessible via a wheelchair ramp near the corner of South and 33rd Streets. The Group Entrance (Kress) can be entered via the driveway on the east side of the Museum on South Street near Convention Avenue just past the entrance to Lot 7. The Trescher Entrance, located in between the Main (Kamin) and Group (Kress) Entrances on South Street, is open only for special occasions. Accessible parking is available in the University of Pennsylvania’s Lot 7 at the posted rates. The parking garage is adjacent to the Museum at the corner of South Street and Convention Avenue, with its entrance off Convention Avenue. Spaces are limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. Wheelchair Accessibility in the Galleries Elevators are located throughout the Museum to take visitors to most galleries. To access the Egypt (Sphinx) Gallery by elevator, visitors should ask for assistance at either the Main (Kamin) or Group (Kress) Entrances; a security staff member can escort you to a freight elevator that will take you to these galleries. To access the Greece Gallery, please notify a security staff member and he or she will assist in the operation of the nearby lift. A limited number of manual wheelchairs are available for use while visiting the Museum. Visitors can ask for wheelchairs at the Main (Kamin) and Group (Kress) Entrances. Service Animals Service animals are welcome in the Museum and its galleries. Restrooms Wheelchair accessible restrooms are located in the Group Entrance (Kress). 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ATM Food Elevator Restrooms Men's Restroom Women's Restroom Information Desk Handicap Access Gift Shop Coat Closet Lactation/First Aid Room Entrance First Floor 1 Classroom 3 2 Learning Programs Department 3 Rainey Auditorium 4 Harrison Auditorium (accessible via Floor 2) 5 Museum Garden 6 Mosaic Hall 7 Classroom 2 8 Stoner Courtyard (accessible via South Street) What's on View The Egypt (Sphinx) Gallery houses one of the finest collections of Egyptian architecture on display in the United States. A 15-ton red granite sphinx, the largest in the Western Hemisphere, dominates the gallery. The Penn Museum hosts special exhibitions in the Merle-Smith Galleries. Moundbuilders: Ancient Architects of North America. This exhibit explores the fascinating story of Native American moundbuilding through a variety of photographs, artifacts, archival materials, and excavation records. The special exhibition Making and Unmaking Race formed part of the University of Pennsylvania's recent Year of Sound theme. Second Floor 9 Smart Classroom 10 Group Dining 11 2nd Floor Elevator Lobby 12 Recent Acquisitions 13 Nevil Classroom 14 Museum Archives 15 Warden Garden 16 Recent Acquisitions 17 Widener Lecture Room What's on View The North America Gallery currently features Native American Voices: The People—Here and Now , a long-term interactive exhibition. Leave preconceptions behind and discover a living tapestry of Nations with distinct stories, histories, and identities. The Mexico & Central America Gallery introduces you to the pre-Colombian civilizations of Mesoamerica, which flourished before the Spanish Conquest. Major traditions represented here include those of central and western Mexico, the Gulf Coast, Oaxaca, the highland and lowland Maya of Yucatan, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and a variety of Central American cultures. The Africa Gallery includes objects from Morocco to South Africa and everywhere in between. The current gallery contains approximately 360 artifacts dating from the 16th to the 20th centuries. This gallery is complemented by the special exhibition Imagine Africa with the Penn Museum . The Penn Museum hosts special exhibitions in the Kintner and Dietrich Galleries. The Museum's new Middle East Galleries will open here in the spring of 2018. Third Floor What's on View The Classical World Galleries focus on Etruscan Italy , Greece , and Rome , and offer more than one thousand ancient artifacts – including marble and bronze sculptures, jewelry, metalwork, mosaics, glass vessels, gold and silver coins, and pottery. The Penn Museum holds nearly 25,000 artifacts from the area that encompasses modern Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, Jordan and Lebanon, and parts of Syria, the largest collection of artifacts from this region. A sampling is on display in the Canaan & Israel Gallery . The Japan and China Galleries occupy the Museum's Harrison Wing and Rotunda, which contains one of the largest unsupported masonry domes in the United States (the roof of Harrison Auditorium that supports the floor of the China Gallery). The galleries house one of the finest collections of monumental Chinese and Japanese art in the country, covering some 4,000 years of history. The Egypt (Mummies) Gallery displays carved reliefs, stone coffins, and 3-dimensional sculpture that testifies to the superb craftsmanship of Egyptian artists and sculptors throughout that country's long history. Explore human and animal mummies, tomb artifacts, and funerary objects and materials used in the mummification process in the Egyptian Mummy: Secrets and Science Gallery . Learn about the ancient Egyptian belief in an afterlife, and the complex funerary practices they developed over thousands of years. Part exhibition, and part working laboratory, In the Artifact Lab: Conservation in Action, a glass-enclosed conservation lab brings you right into a museum conservator’s world. See the tools of the trade and watch as conservators work on a wide array of artifacts being prepared for exhibit in the Museum’s signature galleries.  


Museum Policies Help us keep our visitors and artifacts safe by following these guidelines: Food and drink can damage artifacts—please bring only bottled water into the galleries. Refrain from touching or leaning on objects, cases, and displays. Children 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Running, loud voices, and disruptive behavior are not permitted. We encourage respectful conversation about our objects and exhibitions. Please be mindful when using cell phones. Pencils are the only writing tools that can be used in the galleries. If you need a pencil, please ask at one of our front desks. Please properly store large backpacks, suitcases, and umbrellas at the Museum entrances before entering the galleries. Private property is stored at your own risk. Photography and videography is permitted for personal use, except in some special exhibitions. Professional photography, videography, selfie-sticks, monopods, and tripods are not permitted without advanced notice. Contact Public Relations at 215.898.4045 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak4c59d42d987db1690b7c28586c68e369').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy4c59d42d987db1690b7c28586c68e369 = 'info' + '@'; addy4c59d42d987db1690b7c28586c68e369 = addy4c59d42d987db1690b7c28586c68e369 + 'pennmuseum' + '.' + 'org'; var addy_text4c59d42d987db1690b7c28586c68e369 = 'info' + '@' + 'pennmuseum' + '.' + 'org';document.getElementById('cloak4c59d42d987db1690b7c28586c68e369').innerHTML += ''+addy_text4c59d42d987db1690b7c28586c68e369+''; for information. Possession of dangerous materials, including firearms, is not permitted. There is no smoking, including electronic cigarettes, in the Museum, Warden Garden, Stoner Courtyard, or near Museum entrances. We hope you enjoy your visit at the Penn Museum. If you need assistance, please ask a Visitor Services or Security representative onsite. Museum FAQs Is the Penn Museum, the Museum Archives, and the Museum Library open to the general public? The Penn Museum is part of the University of Pennsylvania and is open to the general public. We invite all visitors to enjoy our galleries, exhibitions, and gardens during our public hours. Access to the Penn Museum Archives for research is available by appointment. The public can view exhibitions of the Museum’s archival material in the Archives hallway and tour the Archives on most Friday afternoons through Unearthed in the Archives. Groups may also book Archives programs through Group Sales. Access to the Penn Museum’s Research Library is available during Museum hours. Visit the Library's website for more information. What are your public hours? The Museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and select Wednesdays that offer evening programs. The Museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays. See Hours and Admission for details. How do I get to the Museum? Where is the best place to park? The Museum is located in University City neighborhood on the University of Pennsylvania Campus. See our information on directions and parking. Do tickets need to be reserved in advance? Can I purchase tickets online? Individual tickets can be purchased without reservations at our Museum admission desks when you arrive. You may purchase tickets online in advance if you wish. Reservations are requested for groups of 10 or more. View Group Visits for details and group discounts. What types of photography or videography are allowed in the Museum? Photography is permitted for private, noncommercial use except where otherwise posted. Flash photography is not permitted in the galleries. Videotaping with small, personal recording devices is allowed for non-commercial use. To protect visitors and objects, the Penn Museum prohibits the use of tripods, monopods, or selfie sticks in the Museum and gardens. We encourage visitors to share their photographs with others through social media. Photographs cannot be published, sold, reproduced, transferred, distributed or otherwise commercially exploited in any way. See our filming request policies for commercial filming. Are baby strollers allowed inside the Penn Museum? Yes. Strollers are allowed throughout the Museum. We encourage families to visit! Is the Penn Museum accessible? Do you have wheelchairs or other visitor accommodations? Yes. Visit our Accessibility Page for details. See the Museum map to find accessible entrances and elevators. Wheelchairs are available at the Main Kamin Entrance and the Group Entrance (Kress). There are certain areas that are inaccessible without a staff escort. Please see any of the admissions or security staff for assistance. Is there a café in the Museum? Yes. The Pepper Mill Café, located on the Museum’s 2nd Floor, serves breakfast, lunch, and snacks. The café is open Tuesday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, select Wednesdays until 7:30 pm, and weekends 10:00 am - 4:30 pm. Does the Museum have a gift shop? The Penn Museum Shop is located on the 2nd Floor near the Pepper Mill Café and Africa Gallery. The Gift Shop holds the same hours as the Museum. Are the galleries kept at a comfortable temperature? Some of our galleries do not have air conditioning, so they are warm in the summer. The Museum is undergoing renovations to help improve the visitor experience. What is the construction happening at the Museum? The Museum will transform several of its signature galleries over the next five years. We will ensure a great visitor experience during the renovations. Please view the “Gallery Closures and Alerts” section of Plan Your Visit for details. The University of Pennsylvania health system has construction behind the Museum. Thank you for your patience as we make improvements. How can I become a member of the Penn Museum? Membership provides year-round Museum experiences. Learn more and join online here, or onsite at any of our admissions desks. How can I volunteer or work for the Penn Museum? Visit the Volunteer section of our site. See our Employment Opportunities page for a listing of current job offerings at the Museum. Is the Museum interested in acquiring artifacts or objects? See our Registrar's Office information on Donation Policy.


General Admission $15 general adult admission $13 senior citizens (65 and above) $10 children 6-17 and full-time students with college ID FREE Museum members, active U.S. military personnel, children 5 and under, and PennCard holders (Penn faculty, staff, and students) Museum Hours Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm First Wednesdays 10:00 am - 8:00 pm Mondays and Major Holidays* CLOSED Get Tickets *The Museum and Shop are closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, and Thanksgiving. Only valid complimentary passes with a valid expiration date will be accepted. ACCESS Cardholder Reduced Admission Initiative Visitors can enjoy two great Philadelphia museums with one ticket, thanks to our current double ticket deal to the Penn Museum and the Mütter Museum. View more Special Offers. Groups of 10 or more save on admission and guided tours! Learn more or contact Group Sales for more information. Building Transformation Things might look a little different around the Penn Museum. Over the next several years, the Museum will undergo a dramatic reconfiguration of our historic building, with plans to renew more than 75% of our gallery space and to add amenities for visitors’ comfort, including new elevators and air conditioning. Some galleries might be offline and some artifacts might not be on display, but there is still plenty to see! The Middle East Galleries are now open, located adjacent to the Kamin entrance. Some objects in the Egyptian Galleries have been removed for conservation, and the Amarna: Ancient Egypt’s Place in the Sun exhibition is closed as we begin construction on a new elevator, stairwell, and restrooms. The Egypt (Sphinx) Gallery, featuring our iconic Sphinx, will be open through July 8th, and the Egypt (Mummies) Gallery will remain open. The Museum Shop has opened in a newly renovated space adjacent to the Museum Café. Come and visit the new Shop! The Japan Gallery has been updated, displaying objects in a new light and context while we install a new elevator that will make the third-floor galleries more accessible. Learn more about our plans for Building Transformation. Temporary Closures and Alerts The Museum or its galleries may occasionally be closed to visitors during exhibition updates, private functions, holiday closures, and other events. Please note these upcoming alerts to help plan your next visit: August 5 – 19: SEPTA's Regional Rail trains will not stop at the University City Station. The closest stop will be the 30th Street Station, about a 20 minute walk to the Museum. For more information on this service interruption go to http://www.septa.org/arsenal/index.html. Subway Buses Regional Rail 11 Trolley More Info Here 13 Trolley More Info Here 34 Trolley More Info Here 36 Trolley More Info Here Market Frankford Line (MFL) (34th and Market St station) Take any of the Busses above to 33rd and Chestnut/Walnut Streets, and/or 37th and Spruce Streets. 21 (stops at 33rd and Walnut/Chestnut Streets) 30 (stops at 33rd and Spruce Streets) 42 (stops at 33rd and Spruce Streets) 40 (stops at South Street and Convention Ave - right in front of the Museum!) The Airport Line Manayunk / Norristown Line Media / Elwyn Line Warminster Line West Trenton Line Wilmington / Newark These Regional Rail Lines stop at the University City Station located across Convention Avenue from the Penn Museum 30th Street Station services all regional rail lines and is a short walk to the Penn Museum. Center City to University City combined train schedule Weekday / Weekend Parking Please be advised, parking is extremely limited during weekdays. Garage 7 Located at the corner of South Streets and Convention Avenue, just east of the Penn Museum. The garage Parking can be limited with garage filling early—usually by 7:30 am, some spots reopening after 10:30 am. Regular Daily Rate (no discounts offered): $22 Monday through Friday, 6:00 am to 5:00 pm.   $12 Monday through Friday, 5:00pm to 11:00 pm. Weekend Rate (except for special event parking days): $12 This garage accepts credit cards for payment only. Special event parking days are determined by Penn Parking Service. Special event parking prices differ from everyday prices and are subject to change without notice. Examples of these events include the annual Penn Relays, Homecoming, other Penn Athletics Programming. Other pay lots These lots are in the vicinity and metered parking is available on some streets nearby. The following lots are available to the public after 5:00 PM during the week for a $7.00 flat rate: Lot 19 – 34th & Chestnut ($8.00 flat rate on weekends) Lot 23 – 38th & Sansom ($7.00 flat rate on weekends) Lot 39 – 33rd & Ludlow ($8.00 flat rate on weekends) See the University of Pennsylvania's website for information on parking. Or see a map of all the visitor parking lots on campus. Have any Questions about your Visit? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page to find information about photography, food and other Museum Policies. View F.A.Q.


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