Penn Museum Building Transformation
Penn Museum

Main Entrance Hall

November 2019

Main Entrance Rendering

Our Main Entrance Hall will be completely transformed as we open up staircases and windows that have been sealed for decades, and create new gallery space 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.

As you proceed into the larger, brighter Hall, you will see behind the visitor desk a new gallery space created by removing and covering the existing stairs to the Harrison Auditorium. From the Main Entrance Hall, you will be able to access both the new, light-filled Gateway to Egypt, where a new passenger elevator and staircase lead to all levels of the Coxe (Egyptian) Wing, and a new passenger elevator with access to the Harrison Auditorium and third-floor galleries of the Harrison Wing.

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.