The Penn Museum is open to all. We recognize the diversity of our guests' abilities and needs, and we offer a variety of programs and services to ensure the accessibility of the Museum and its collection.
Each of the Museum's entrances are accessible
The Main Entrance, located across from Franklin Field on South Street, has a ramp near the corner of South and 33rd Streets that can be taken to the entrance doors. This entrance has a power-assisted door.
The East Entrance, can be entered via the driveway on the east side of the Museum off Convention Avenue, south of South Street, just past the entrance to Penn Museum Lot 7. This driveway is directly across from the SEPTA Penn Medicine Regional Rail Station (formerly University City Station). Guests may be dropped off at the East Entrance but the Kress Lot is not open for public parking. This entrance has a power-assisted door.
The Courtyard Entrance, located in between the Main and East Entrances on South Street, is only open to the general public for special events. It can be entered through the Stoner Courtyard, and mats are provided for easier passage over the cobblestones. This entrance has a power-assisted door.
Accessible parking is available in the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Museum Parking Garage (also known as Garage 7) at the posted rates. The parking garage is adjacent to the Museum at the corner of South Street and Convention Avenue, with its entrance off Convention Avenue. Spaces are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please see the PennAccess PDF for accessibility details.
Wheelchairs and Other Mobility Devices
Visitors with disabilities may use wheelchairs or an electric mobility device, including certain electronic personal assistance mobility devices specifically designed for and used by an individual with a mobility-related disability.
Manual wheelchairs (standard and wide) are available for visitors to borrow on a first-come, first serve basis from the East and Main entrances. If you plan to borrow a Museum wheelchair please speak with a visitor services representative at the welcome desks. They will be happy to assist you with signing out a wheelchair. Please be sure to have a valid ID.
All other personal mobility devices for recreational use are prohibited inside the building. Thank you for helping us ensure the safety of our guests and staff as well as the continued care of our collections .
On the third floor, a flight of stairs leads from the Etruscan Italy Gallery to the Greece Gallery. Members of our security staff are happy to assist any visitor who needs to use the nearby lift for access to this gallery—please notify them for assistance.
Please note that the door to Ancient Egypt: From Discovery To Display Gallery and the doors between the Rome and Etruscan Italy Galleries are not power-assisted. A member of our security staff will be happy to open the door for you if needed.
Due to the display of light-sensitive objects, some museum cases contain low-light levels.
Service animals are welcome in the Museum and its galleries.
Private lactation space is available on the Lower Level. Ask East Entrance desk staff for access.
Accessible and Single-Use Restrooms can be found on the Lower, Main, and Upper Levels of the museum. Please note that our restrooms do not have power-assisted doors.
Personal Care Attendants
No admission fee is required for any Personal Care Attendant (PCA) who accompanies a visitor with disabilities to the Penn Museum. This free admission for a PCA includes general museum admission, special exhibitions, public programs, and tours. These tickets can be acquired at the entrance desks at the time of visit.
To coordinate a visit to the Museum for a group with accessibility needs, please use the Group Sales Contact Form, or call 215.746.8183.