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University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

  • 33rd and Spruce Sts. Map It
  • University City

Updated 05/19/2011

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Rare treasures from the deepest jungles and ancient tombs make this one of the finest archaeological and anthropological museums in the world. The collection of about 1 million objects includes the world's third-largest sphinx from Egypt, a crystal ball once owned by China's Dowager Empress, some of the world's oldest writing—Sumerian cuneiform clay tablets—and the 4,500-year-old golden jewels from the royal tombs at the ancient site of Ur (in modern-day Iraq). The

museum's Worlds Intertwined galleries presents its Greek, Roman, and Etruscan collections. Children run to "The Egyptian Mummy: Secrets and Science" and to "Living in Balance: The Universe of the Hopi, Zuni, Navajo, and Apache."

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33rd and Spruce Sts., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19104, United States

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  • $10 adults
  • Tues. 10 am–5 pm, Wed. 10 am–8 pm, Thurs.–Sun. 10 am–5 pm. Closed Mon. and major holidays, including the Sun. before Memorial Day and Labor Day

Updated 05/19/2011


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Jun 13, 2011

University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Review

I've been a perennial visitor to the Penn Museum, beginning with my first trip with my family around the age of eight or so. Soon I was back with my elementary school, and then again with my family, and eventually I started coming by myself, and even dropping in for a sophisticated date with a lady friend. The reasons that my fascination has not subsided in almost twenty years of patronage are essentially endless, and you'll discover what I mean

once you step through the doors at Penn Museum. You'll find collections from nearly every region of the world, with ancient artifacts, vibrant sculptures and several millenia worth of knowledge and information. There's something for everyone with a sense of history or curiosity. I've never had a moment there I didn't enjoy.

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