From Egyptian artifacts to physical anthropology, the renowned Penn Museum has something for the entire family. This attraction is packed full of things to do for both locals and international tourists alike. Don’t forget to check out these favorite attractions during your visit!
Spectacular Egyptian Artifacts
If you love all things ancient Egypt, then you’re in luck! The Penn Museum has one of the most impressive collections of Egyptian artifacts in the United States. This epic collection goes beyond just mummies and tomb treasures, as visitors are given an up close look at the museum’s real conservation center. Watch trained conservationists examine, clean and restore parts of the museum’s Egyptian collection, along with roman artifacts, African objects, and more!
To view one of the largest collections of Egyptian architecture, make your way over to museum’s fascinating Lower Egyptian exhibit. There you’ll find a real Egyptian Sphinx from Pharaoh Merenptah’s palace, dating all the way back to 1204 BCE!
For an eye-popping collection of Egyptian mummies and tomb artifacts, you can’t miss the museum’s Upper Egyptian Galleries! View elaborately carved busts, alabaster tomb gifts, and decorative sculptures inspired by the gods Osiris, Sekhmet, and Neith. This collection also reflects the Greco-Roman period of Ancient Egypt, which brought new elements to their art and architecture.
Egyptian Artifacts Photo: eager/Flickr
Evidence From Early America
Learn the history behind early American indigenous cultures through the museum’s visual timeline of artifacts! With over 300,000 different objects from all over the Americas, this is officially the largest collection of its type in the United States.
View everything from clothing, cooking tools, hunting gear, spiritual relics, and more innovative materials of the time. The museum’s vibrant collection of Mesoamerican artifacts stems from the museum’s early excavations of Mayan sites in Guatemala, and other areas of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
Penn Museum interior Photo: pmillera4/Flickr
The Babylonian Exhibit!
One of the most unique attractions at Penn Museum is their Babylonian exhibit. Here, visitors can view nearly 30,000 different Babylonian clay tablets that date from 2900 to 500 BCE. This is one of the largest collections of Babylonian artifacts in the United States, proving yet again why Penn Museum is a definite must-see this year!
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|Address/Map:||3260 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19104|
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|Admission:||Adult: $15 | Senior: $13 | Children (6-17)/Students: $10|
|Free for museum members, active U.S. military personnel, children 5 and under, and PennCard holders (Penn faculty, staff, and students)|