Frequently Asked Questions for visitors of the Penn Museum

What are your hours?

The Penn Museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and select Wednesdays until 8:00 pm. The Museum is closed Mondays and major holidays. See our Hours and Admission page for more details.

Is the Penn Museum open to the general public?

Yes. While the Penn Museum is part of the University of Pennsylvania, it is open to the general public. We invite all visitors to enjoy our galleries, exhibitions, and gardens.

Do tickets need to be reserved in advance?

Individual tickets may be purchased without reservations at any admission desk upon your arrival at the Museum. However, reservations are requested for groups of 10 or more. See our Group Visit Page for details and group discounts.

Can I purchase tickets online?

Yes. Please go to Buy Tickets to purchase.

Is photography allowed in the Museum?

Yes. Photography is permitted for private, noncommercial use except where otherwise posted. Flash photography is not permitted in the galleries. Photographs cannot be published, sold, reproduced, transferred, distributed or otherwise commercially exploited in any way. To protect our visitors and the objects in our galleries, the Penn Museum prohibits the use of tripods, monopods, or selfie sticks in our museum and gardens. We do, however, encourage Museum visitors to take photos and share their experiences with others.

Can I record video in the galleries?

Yes. Videotaping with small, personal recording devices is allowed for non-commercial use. See our filming request policies for professional filming.

Can I sketch in the Museum?

Yes. We encourage people to do work in the galleries, but only dry materials are to be used.

Are baby strollers allowed?

Yes, strollers are allowed in our galleries. It is recommended that those with strollers use the Kress Entrance on the side of our building for easier access.

Is the Museum accessible? Do you have wheelchairs?

Yes. See the Museum map to find accessible entrances and elevators. Wheelchairs are available at the Kress Entrance. There are certain areas that are inaccessible without escort. Please see any of the admissions staff for assistance.

Is there a place to eat in the Museum? What are their hours?

The Pepper Mill Café serves breakfast, snacks, and lunch. The café is open Tuesday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, select Wednesdays until 7:30 pm, and weekends 10:00 am - 4:30 pm.

Does the Museum have a gift shop?

Yes. The Penn Museum Shop is located on the 2nd Floor behind the Kamin Admission Desk. 

Can I bring food or drink into the galleries?

No. To protect the objects on display, food and drink are not permitted in the galleries.

Are the galleries kept at a comfortable temperature?

For most of the year, our galleries are quite comfortable. As of now, not all of our galleries have air-conditioning, so they can get a bit hot in the summer. The galleries that DO have air-conditioning are:

  • Kintner and William B. Dietrich Special Exhibitions Galleries (2nd Floor)
  • Iraq’s Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur’s Royal Cemetery (3rd Floor)
  • In the Artifact Lab (3rd Floor)
  • Greece Gallery (3rd Floor)
  • Etruscan Italy Gallery (3rd Floor)

Where can I find out more about group tours to the Museum?

View our Group Visit Page to learn about bringing a group of 10 or more to the Penn Museum.

How can I volunteer for the Penn Museum?

Visit the Volunteering section of our site.

Where can I find a listing of current job openings?

See our Employment Opportunities page for a listing of current job offerings at the Museum.

Is the Museum interested in acquiring artifacts or objects?

See our Registrar's Office information on donation policy.

What is the Museum's mission?

The Penn Museum transforms understanding of the human experience.

Are the archives open to public?

Access to the Penn Museum Archives is available by appointment only. Read more about the archives.

What types of books does your library house? Can the public borrow them?

Access to the Penn Museum Library is unrestricted to the general public during Museum hours. Visit the Library's website for more information.

Where is the best place to park?

See our information on directions and parking.


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