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Accessibility

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.

Accessible Entrances

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.

Parking

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.

Gallery Accessibility

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

Service animals are welcome in the Museum and its galleries.

Restrooms

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.

For programs and events in which reservations are required or space is limited, please contact the Visitor Services department during open Museum Hours at 215.898.4001, or at any time by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a free ticket for a PCA.

Group Visits

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.

Additional Information

If you have any additional needs or questions, please contact the Visitor Services department during open Museum Hours at 215.898.4001, or at any time by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..