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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.


Accessibility

Parts of the Museum are currently under renovation, impacting accessibility. In order to access the entire Museum, individuals with limited mobility may have to exit the building and reenter through the alternate entrance.

Gallery/ExhibitionEntrance
Middle East Galleries Main (Kamin) Entrance
Native American Voices Main (Kamin) Entrance
   
Egypt (Mummies) Gallery Group (Kress) Entrance
China & Japan Galleries Group (Kress) Entrance
Rome Gallery Group (Kress) Entrance
Greece Gallery Group (Kress) Entrance
Etruscan Italy Gallery Group (Kress) Entrance
Canaan & Ancient Israel Gallery Group (Kress) Entrance
And So the Story Goes Group (Kress) Entrance
Bearing Witness Group (Kress) Entrance
Moundbuilders Group (Kress) Entrance
Cultures in the Crossfire Group (Kress) Entrance
The Artifact Lab Group (Kress) Entrance

Please call (215) 898-4000 for assistance with planning your visit.


Accessible Entrances and Parking

Each of the Museum’s entrances are accessible:

  • The Main Entrance (Kamin), located across from Franklin Field on South Street, is accessible via a wheelchair ramp near the corner of South and 33rd Streets. Use this entrance to access the Middle East Galleries, Native American Voices, and Widener Lecture Hall.
  • The Group Entrance (Kress) 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 Lot 7. This driveway is directly across from the SEPTA University City Regional Rail Station. Guests may be dropped off at the Group Entrance (Kress) but parking is not available in the Group Entrance lot. Use this entrance to access most galleries, the Pepper Mill Café, Museum Shop, and Rainey Auditorium.
  • The Trescher Entrance, located in between the Main (Kamin) and Group (Kress) Entrances on South Street, is open only for special occasions.

Accessible parking is available in the University of Pennsylvania’s Lot 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.


Gallery Access for Mobility Devices and Strollers

As the Penn Museum updates its galleries and amenities to accommodate all visitors’ physical needs, elevator access is limited in parts of the building. Visitors using mobility devices or strollers should use the following entrances to access specific galleries and spaces:

  • To access the Middle East Galleries, Native American Voices, and Widener Lecture Hall, please use the Main Entrance (Kamin). Visitors with difficulty using stairs will need to exit the building and re-enter through the Group Entrance (Kress) to access the rest of the Museum.
  • To access all other galleries, the Pepper Mill Café, Museum Shop, and Rainey Auditorium, please use the Group Entrance (Kress). Visitors with difficulty using stairs will need to exit the building and re-enter through the Main Entrance (Kamin) to access the rest of the Museum.

On the third floor, a short flight of three 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.


Service Animals

Service animals are welcome in the Museum and its galleries.


Restrooms

Wheelchair accessible restrooms are located at the Group Entrance (Kress) and at the far end of the Middle East Galleries near the Widener Lecture Hall.


Planning Your Visit

No admission fee will be charged 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.

For programs and events in which reservations are required or space is limited, please contact the Visitor Services department at 215-898-4001 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a free ticket for a PCA.

To coordinate a visit to the Museum for a group with special needs, call 215.746.8183 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you have any additional needs, please call Visitor Services at 215.898.4001.


ASL Video Gallery Highlights

Watch actor and comedian CJ Jones on your personal device as he takes you on a tour of the highlights of the Penn Museum in American Sign Language.

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