The Penn Museum accepts donations of documented ethnographic and archaeological materials that are free of major conservation concerns for the express purpose of preservation, research, exhibition, and/or public education. Objects from antiquity, if exported from their country of origin after 1970, will be considered only if the donor can provide evidence documenting their legal exportation in accordance with the Museum's 1970 Pennsylvania Declaration and the


The Registrar's Office houses object-specific records, including pre-2010 object catalogue cards, post-1980 accession lot records, object files, and event-related documentation. Additional object information and documentation can be found in the Museum Archives as well as in individual Curatorial Sections. To access the object records housed at the Registrar’s Office, please begin with our Online Collections Database. If on-site visits are desired, we accept visitors by appointment Monday through Friday 9:30 am to 4:30 pm and encourage visitors to make appointments one week in advance. Please specify the subject of research (object accession number and/or special collection) when requesting an appointment. Contact Registrar's Office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloaka2c422f16d94a0fde7479caa70a85c09').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addya2c422f16d94a0fde7479caa70a85c09 = 'objectrecords' + '@'; addya2c422f16d94a0fde7479caa70a85c09 = addya2c422f16d94a0fde7479caa70a85c09 + 'pennmuseum' + '.' + 'org'; var addy_texta2c422f16d94a0fde7479caa70a85c09 = 'objectrecords' + '@' + 'pennmuseum' + '.' + 'org';document.getElementById('cloaka2c422f16d94a0fde7479caa70a85c09').innerHTML += ''+addy_texta2c422f16d94a0fde7479caa70a85c09+''; 215.898.4088


The Penn Museum has an active loan program involving institutions all over the world. Encompassing artifacts from the Museum's many sections—African, American, Asian,Babylonian, Egyptian, Mediterranean, Near East, and Oceanian—as well as the Museum Archives, these loans generally form part of larger exhibitions curated and designed by other museums, either for showcase in their own galleries or for the purpose of traveling to multiple venues. By agreeing to loan our objects and participate in these exhibitions, we share our extraordinary collections with audiences that may never have the chance to visit the Penn Museum. Loaning objects also provides scholars the opportunity to interpret our collections in light of their own interests, allowing for a diversity of narratives told through the use of our collections. Outgoing Loan Procedures In order to begin the loan process, the Penn Museum must receive a formal letter of request to borrow objects from the collections. This letter should be addressed to the Director and copied to the Registrar for Loans who will be responsible for processing it for approval by the necessary departments. The letter should include: (a) information about the proposed exhibition or project, (b) the venue or venues where the exhibition or project will occur, (c) the proposed loan dates and dates for each venue, (d) the proposed exhibition title if available, (e) a list of the objects requested including names and accession numbers or an indication of the type and quantity of objects requested,and (f) a facilities report for each of the venues. The Penn Museum attempts to assist with as many loan requests as possible. Due to the volume of loan activity and the need to coordinate with other departments and outside resources a minimum of six (6) months for domestic loans and eighteen (18) months for international loans from the receipt of the formal letter of request is usually required for the processing of a loan. Large loans, involving 25 or more objects, may require more advance notice. The more advance notice we receive the better our ability to process your loan request. A general loan fee is charged for all loans to cover administrative costs. Additionally, costs for any necessary conservation work, mounts, packing, crating, rigging, shipping, couriers, and insurance will also be borne by the borrowing institution. The Penn Museum sends a courier, domestically and internationally, to oversee each loan regardless of the loan size. For large loans, more than one courier will be sent based on needs. Contact Registrar's Office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak0f34edec5cd2a95f6d9b9a93cec456f2').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy0f34edec5cd2a95f6d9b9a93cec456f2 = 'loans' + '@'; addy0f34edec5cd2a95f6d9b9a93cec456f2 = addy0f34edec5cd2a95f6d9b9a93cec456f2 + 'pennmuseum' + '.' + 'org'; var addy_text0f34edec5cd2a95f6d9b9a93cec456f2 = 'loans' + '@' + 'pennmuseum' + '.' + 'org';document.getElementById('cloak0f34edec5cd2a95f6d9b9a93cec456f2').innerHTML += ''+addy_text0f34edec5cd2a95f6d9b9a93cec456f2+''; 215.746.6975 Current Loans Perot Museum of Nature and Science (Dallas, TX) “Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed” On display February 11, 2017 – September 4, 2017 http://www.perotmuseum.org/ 31 American Section Objects The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA) “The Inner Eye: Vision and Transcendence in African Art” On display February 26, 2017 – July 9, 2017 http://www.lacma.org/ 1 African Section Object American Philosophical Society (Philadelphia, PA) “Curious Revolutionaries: The Peals of Philadelphia” On display April 7, 2017 – December 30, 2017 http://www.apsmuseum.org/ 2 American Section and 2 Oceanian Section Objects The Morgan Library & Museum (New York, NY) “Noah’s Beasts: Sculpted Animals from Ancient Mesopotamia” On display May 26, 2017 – August 27, 2017 http://www.themorgan.org/ 5 Near East Section Objects


The mission of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum) is to transform understanding of the human experience, supported by the four pillars of its mandate: teaching, research, collections stewardship, and public engagement. Guided by this mission, the Penn Museum stewards one of the largest and oldest university museum collections of cultural material in the United States. While the majority of the Museum’s collections came from excavations or were acquired during anthropological fieldwork during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the collections continue to grow primarily through donations from institutions and individuals, and occasional purchases. Donate an Object The Penn Museum accepts donations of documented ethnographic and archaeological materials that are free of major conservation concerns for the express purpose of supporting the Museum's mission. Objects of antiquity, if exported from the country of origin after 1970, will be considered only if the donor can provide evidence documenting their legal exportation in accordance with the Museum's 1970 Pennsylvania Declaration and the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export, and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. Additionally, the Museum adheres to pertinent U.S. laws and international treaties regarding cultural properties. Donors of collections will generally be invited to make an additional cash gift to the Museum's Collections Stewardship Endowment Fund. Acceptance of this invitation is not in any way a requirement of acceptance of the object(s) offered, but rather an appeal to the donor's shared appreciation of the importance of artifact preservation and stewardship, and the real ongoing costs associated with this mission. If you would like to donate objects to the Penn Museum, please send all inquiries to the Registrar’s Office (see email, mailing address, and telephone info below) where the proposed donation will be assessed in terms of whether or not it conforms to Museum policy. All donation inquiries must include: Express intention in writing to donate an object(s) Object information and images Collecting history and information about object ownership, if known Coordinated by the Registrar’s Office, all donation proposals are first reviewed by the Museum's relevant Curatorial Sections and then further reviewed by the Museum's Acquisitions Committee. This Committee meets twice a year (typically May and December) and makes recommendations to the Museum Director for final approval. For donors wishing to have their donation considered in time for a year-end charitable contribution, inquiries with all required information should be submitted no later than November 15 of the relevant year. Please note that objects offered for donation should only be delivered to the Penn Museum upon the Museum's request. Contact Registrar's Office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak8ca4571f18cd39f7a6bc5a23e155f413').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy8ca4571f18cd39f7a6bc5a23e155f413 = 'acquisitions' + '@'; addy8ca4571f18cd39f7a6bc5a23e155f413 = addy8ca4571f18cd39f7a6bc5a23e155f413 + 'pennmuseum' + '.' + 'org'; var addy_text8ca4571f18cd39f7a6bc5a23e155f413 = 'acquisitions' + '@' + 'pennmuseum' + '.' + 'org';document.getElementById('cloak8ca4571f18cd39f7a6bc5a23e155f413').innerHTML += ''+addy_text8ca4571f18cd39f7a6bc5a23e155f413+''; Penn Museum, 3260 South St., Philadelphia, PA 19104-6324 215.898.7900


The Penn Museum was instrumental in the creation of the UNESCO Convention for the Protection of Cultural Properties. If an object meets the export guidelines of its country of origin, the Penn Museum will attempt to identify it and/or provide general information, free of charge for private individuals. Policy prohibits the authentication or monetary appraisal of any object and the identification of objects for dealers. No written opinions will provided. PROCEDURE FOR OBJECT IDENTIFICATION Objects may not be brought to the Museum for object identification. All inquiries must be made to: The Registrar’s OfficePenn Museum3260 South Street Philadelphia PA 19104-6324 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak321d1598d7e93ee796b6304fdac2ba1f').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy321d1598d7e93ee796b6304fdac2ba1f = 'collections' + '@'; addy321d1598d7e93ee796b6304fdac2ba1f = addy321d1598d7e93ee796b6304fdac2ba1f + 'pennmuseum' + '.' + 'org'; var addy_text321d1598d7e93ee796b6304fdac2ba1f = 'collections' + '@' + 'pennmuseum' + '.' + 'org';document.getElementById('cloak321d1598d7e93ee796b6304fdac2ba1f').innerHTML += ''+addy_text321d1598d7e93ee796b6304fdac2ba1f+''; Tel: (215)898-4088 Please include the following: Information pertaining to the history or acquisition of the object(s). This information may provide useful clues to the cultural identity or date of an object. Please note that all objects must be in the United States at the time of the request. Photograph(s) of the object(s). Please include a ruler in the photo to indicate the size of the object(s). We cannot accommodate videotapes. Sketches of details are welcome but not necessary. Your address and phone number. Consultations about your inquiries are made at the convenience of Museum Staff who may not be readily available due to professional obligations. The process takes approximately one to three months.


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