Opening Celebration Weekend


Main Entrance and Sphinx Gallery

November 16 2019

Main Entrance Rendering

Our Main Entrance will be completely transformed as we open up staircases and windows that have been sealed for decades, and create a new, adjacent gallery space—with our 25,000-pound sphinx of Ramses II at its heart—that will be visible as soon as you set foot inside.

The walls and doors separating the Hall from the original 1899 grand staircases on either side of it will be removed, re-opening beautiful arched windows and restoring the marble staircases that provide easy access to the Harrison Auditorium.

The new Sphinx Gallery, created by removing and covering the 1915 stairs to the Harrison Auditorium, will also house objects from each curatorial section, regularly rotated displays of a single highlighted object in an elegant small circular space, and a comfortable visitor seating and orientation area, as well as a new passenger elevator.

Ready to make transformation possible?


To learn more about recognition opportunities in our building revitalization project, please contact
Therese Marmion (215.898.3165) or Kristen Lauerman (215.573.5251) in the Penn Museum Major Gifts Office.