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. Get the most out of your trip to the Penn Museum and add-on a guided tour of our galleries! Tours are led by expert-trained Museum Docents or Graduate Scholar and offer your group their extraordinary insight into the rich history behind our collections and artifacts. Choose from an in-depth tour of one of our galleries, or plan a themed highlights tour which spans multiple galleries! Tours can accommodate up to thirty people and are one-hour long. Group Rates Contact Group Sales Gallery Tours Our Signature and Special Exhibitions are place-based – take a themed gallery tour to travel to another place and time. Tour guides and gallery availability are subject to change. Magic in the Ancient World - Closing September 4, 2017! Are people who used magic in the ancient world so different from people today? Deeply entwined with science and religion, magic was a real and everyday part of life for many ancient peoples around the world. Ancient magic addressed many of the dreams, hopes, and passions humans grapple with today: desire for health and wellbeing, protection from evil—even revenge. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Highlights Tours Can’t choose just one gallery? Arrange for a themed highlights tour that spans multiple galleries! Since over 200 of our objects are featured in the Smithsonian’s History of the World in 1000 Objects book, these tours help you explore some of the best cultural objects throughout the globe. Oh I just can’t wait to be King! Roll out the red carpet while you discover ancient Egyptian Kingship from birth to death, and everything in between. Uncovering the role of the King as a prolific builder and protector of the borders, your group will have the chance to spend a day in royalty’s shoes! 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! Archaeology Around the Museum 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. The Afterlife: You Can’t 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. Artistry Throughout the Ages The Penn Museum encapsulates and illustrates the human story: who we are and where we came from. Tour multiple place-themed galleries, such as China, Rome, and Africa, while you reflect on the history of human beings and how the past has shaped our world today. Featured artifacts exemplify a range of artistic media across time and cultures, demonstrating the human ability to create artistic, functional, and ritualistic objects. From personal objects to public monuments, the tour underscores our shared human heritage as makers and appreciators of objects. Sign up for our e-newsletter Stay up to date with the latest group opportunities through our group sales newsletter! Sign up today
ATM Food Elevator Restrooms Men's Restroom Women's Restroom Information Desk Handicap Access Gift Shop Coat Closet Wifi Entrance First Floor 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. There is also a display of materials from the beginnings of Egyptian history in the Amarna Gallery , and the founding of a unified country of Upper and Lower Egypt, including ivory tags that bear examples of some of the earliest hieroglyphs found in Egypt, dating from more than 5,000 years ago. The Penn Museum hosts special exhibitions in the Merle-Smith Galleries. Currently on display is Magic in the Ancient World . The special exhibition Making and Unmaking Race formed part of the University of Pennsylvania's recent Year of Sound theme. Second Floor 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 . Discover the process of evolution and its profound impact on humans in the highly interactive exhibition Human Evolution: The First 200 Million Years , where visitors have an opportunity to engage with a variety of multi-media programs, as well as view and touch more than 100 casts of fossil bones from primate and human evolutionary records. The Penn Museum hosts special exhibitions in the Kintner and Dietrich Galleries. 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. Iraq's Ancient Past : Rediscovering Ur's Royal Cemetery tells the story of the discovery and excavation of the Royal Cemetery at Ur in modern-day Iraq. Closed January 2017. Part exhibition, and part working laboratory, In the Artifact Lab: Conserving Egyptian Mummies , is a glass-enclosed conservation lab that 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 Egyptian objects including rare paintings, ancient funerary objects, and, of course, mummies! Temporarily closed. Reopens April 8, 2017.
What are your hours? The Penn Museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and select Wednesdays until 8:00 pm. The Museum is closed Mondays and major holidays. See our Hours and Admission page for more details. Is the Penn Museum open to the general public? Yes. While the Penn Museum is part of the University of Pennsylvania, it is open to the general public. We invite all visitors to enjoy our galleries, exhibitions, and gardens. Do tickets need to be reserved in advance? Individual tickets may be purchased without reservations at any admission desk upon your arrival at the Museum. However, reservations are requested for groups of 10 or more. See our Group Visit Page for details and group discounts. Can I purchase tickets online? Yes. Please go to Buy Tickets to purchase. Is photography allowed in the Museum? Yes. Photography is permitted for private, noncommercial use except where otherwise posted. Flash photography is not permitted in the galleries. Photographs cannot be published, sold, reproduced, transferred, distributed or otherwise commercially exploited in any way. To protect our visitors and the objects in our galleries, the Penn Museum prohibits the use of tripods, monopods, or selfie sticks in our museum and gardens. We do, however, encourage Museum visitors to take photos and share their experiences with others. Can I record video in the galleries? Yes. Videotaping with small, personal recording devices is allowed for non-commercial use. See our filming request policies for professional filming. Can I sketch in the Museum? Yes. We encourage people to do work in the galleries, but only dry materials are to be used. Are baby strollers allowed? Yes, strollers are allowed in our galleries. It is recommended that those with strollers use the Kress Entrance on the side of our building for easier access. Is the Museum accessible? Do you have wheelchairs? Yes. See the Museum map to find accessible entrances and elevators. Wheelchairs are available at the Kress Entrance. There are certain areas that are inaccessible without escort. Please see any of the admissions staff for assistance. Is there a place to eat in the Museum? What are their hours? The Pepper Mill Café serves breakfast, snacks, and lunch. 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? Yes. The Penn Museum Shop is located on the 2nd Floor behind the Kamin Admission Desk. Can I bring food or drink into the galleries? No. To protect the objects on display, food and drink are not permitted in the galleries. Are the galleries kept at a comfortable temperature? For most of the year, our galleries are quite comfortable. As of now, not all of our galleries have air-conditioning, so they can get a bit hot in the summer. The galleries that DO have air-conditioning are: Kintner and William B. Dietrich Special Exhibitions Galleries (2nd Floor) Iraq’s Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur’s Royal Cemetery (3rd Floor) In the Artifact Lab (3rd Floor) Greece Gallery (3rd Floor) Etruscan Italy Gallery (3rd Floor) Where can I find out more about group tours to the Museum? View our Group Visit Page to learn about bringing a group of 10 or more to the Penn Museum. How can I volunteer for the Penn Museum? Visit the Volunteering section of our site. Where can I find a listing of current job openings? 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. What is the Museum's mission? The Penn Museum transforms understanding of the human experience. Are the archives open to public? Access to the Penn Museum Archives is available by appointment only. Read more about the archives. What types of books does your library house? Can the public borrow them? Access to the Penn Museum Library is unrestricted to the general public during Museum hours. Visit the Library's website for more information. Where is the best place to park? See our information on directions and parking.
General Admission $15 general adult admission $13 senior citizens (65 and above) $10 children 6 to 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) Get Tickets Museum Hours Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm First Wednesday of each month 10:00 am - 8:00 pm Monday CLOSED Gallery Closures and Alerts The Museum and its galleries may occasionally be closed to visitors due to exhibition updates and maintenance, private events, holiday closures, and other non-regular events. In addition, the Museum is in the process of temporarily closing and renovating select Signature Galleries over the next few years to provide a better visitor experience. Please note these upcoming alerts to help plan your next visit: Wednesday, January 18: Chinese Rotunda and Upper Egypt closing at 3:30pm Wednesday, March 1: Egypt (Sphinx) Gallery closing at 6:00pm In the Artifact Lab is temporarily closed. It will reopen to the public on April 8, 2017. Directions and Parking The Penn Museum is located at 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 at the intersection of Spruce Street and 33rd Street. Nearby landmarks include Franklin Field, across South Street, and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, across 34th Street. Click here to get directions on Penn's website. Museum Entrances The Daniel G. Kamin Entrance The Daniel G. Kamin Entrance is located across the street from Franklin Field on South Street, closest to 33rd Street. This entrance is wheelchair accessible. Group Entrance (Kress) The Group Entrance (Kress) is for buses, groups, and the general public. The Kress entrance is approached from Convention Avenue, not South St. This entrance is wheelchair accessible. The Trescher Entrance (and Stoner Courtyard) The Trescher Entrance is on South Street, but is only open for special occasions. This entrance is wheelchair accessible. Public Transportation 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. 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. 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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The Pepper Mill Café offers affordable international cuisine and a fresh variety of healthy, vegetarian, and sustainable food options for breakfast, lunch, and lighter fare for Museum visitors and those just coming in for the café. Menu Sandwiches Sandwiches are served daily from 11:00 am - 4:30 pm with a green salad. Whole Sandwich $6.05 Half Sandwich $4.05 Entrees Daily featured entree specials (includes two sides) $7.25 Vegetarian entree (includes two sides) $6.75 Hours of Operation Monday* 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Tuesday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Wednesday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm** Thursday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Saturday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm Sunday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm *Closed Mondays July & August **Until 7:30 pm when the Museum is open until 8:00 pm For those over 21 looking for a truly golden experience, the Café will offer Dogfish Head Brewery’s award-winning Midas Touch beer. Developed in collaboration with Dr. Patrick McGovern, Scientific Director of the Penn Museum’s Biomolecular Archaeology Project, the Midas Touch is a recreation of what archaeologists found in the tomb of King Midas’ father: residue from a beverage that was unique blend of wine, beer, and honey mead. Member's Discount! Become a member of the Penn Museum and receive a 10% discount at the Pepper Mill Café and a 15% discount at the Museum Shop. Join Today