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Secrets of the Silk Road is now free with general Museum admission. All objects have been returned to China for conservation. The full interactive experience with replicas are on display through June 5, 2011.

"There are times, at the Penn Museum here, when you are almost hesitant to breathe....Most of these astonishing artifacts should have ceased to exist long ago."
--Edward Rothstein, The New York Times, February 21, 2011.


"The curtailed run of the show, and the magnificence of what it contains, make this… one of the hottest events on the East Coast. Even without the mummies, it is a must-see."
— Philip Kennicott, The Washington Post

Secrets of the Silk Road features the famous 3,800 year old “Beauty of Xiaohe,” an infant mummy, and more than 100 recently discovered artifacts, including extraordinarily preserved clothing, textiles, and food, gold jewelry and coins, and personal items. This unforgettable exhibition tells a tale of long-forgotten cultures along the world’s most legendary trading route.


Suggested Museum Admission Donation
$10 general admission
$7 senior citizens (65 and above)
$6 for children 6 to 17 and full-time students with college ID
FREE for Museum members, children 5 and under, PENNcard holders.
"Pay-what-you-want" general admission during the last hour of everyday

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Email, or call (215) 746-8183.

Museum Hours

Thursday - Sunday

10:00 am - 5:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Get Here

Penn Museum is conveniently located on the Penn Campus at 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

The South Street Bridge has officially re-opened, making easier than ever to get here on foot or on bike! In an effort to encourage green ways of getting to the Museum, we also installed brand new bike racks at the main entrance. We're also conveniently located across from the University City Regional Rail station.

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 detailed information on getting here.

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Exhibition audio tours for Secrets of the Silk Road are available in English and Chinese. Also, a printed gallery guide takes visitors on a silk road journey through the longterm exhibitions at the Penn Museum.