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University of Pennsylvania
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

33rd & Spruce Streets
Philadelphia, PA

Phone: 215 898 4000 - Tty: -

Statement of Purpose


The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is dedicated to furthering an understanding of the history and cultural heritage of humankind, through research, educational services, and collection and care of material culture. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 350 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world.

With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, the Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind's collective heritage.

Highlights & Collections

Programs:  For adults:  lectures, symposia, workshops, demonstrations, films, concerts, throughout the year.  For families and children:  world culture day celebrations and children. s workshops throughout the year; "Summer Magic" programs and summer camp.

One of the foremost museums of archaeology and anthropology in the country, with materials from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Asia, Africa, Polynesia, the Americas, and the ancient Greco-Roman world.

12 ton Sphinx and architectural remnants from the Palace of Merenptah, circa 1200 BCE;
samples of the first writing in the world,
Chinese monumental sculpture;
ancient Mayan stelae;
Nigerian Benin bronzes.

Current Exhibits and Upcoming Special Events

Egypt, Mesopotamia, Asia, Greco-roman, America's, Africa, Polynesia, and much more....


The Egyptian Mummy: Secrets and Science An important cultural and scientific exhibition explaining Egyptian ideas about life after death and the health and disease patterns revealed by X-ray and autopsy studies of mummified remains. Features mummies from the Museum's own collection. Third floor.

Canaan and Ancient Israel The first major North American exhibition dedicated to the archaeology of ancient Israel and neighboring lands, "Canaan and Ancient Israel" features more than 350 rare artifacts from about 3,000 to 586 B.C.E., excavated by University of Pennsylvania Museum archaeologists in Israel, Jordan, and Lebanon. Recognizing the role that the Bible has had in shaping the personal and cultural identities of people throughout the world, the exhibition asks the question "what shaped the identities of the Bible's people?" The exhibition was made possible in part by support from ARCHAEOLOGY Magazine; Resource America, Inc.; Archaeological Tours; the Israel Ministry of Tourism; the Estate of Mrs. Francis Wolf; Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Gutman, and The Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Seth Sprague Charitable and education Foundation. Third floor.

Living in Balance: The Universe of the Hopi, Zuni, Navajo and Apache This exhibition focuses on the culture and cultural perspectives of four Native American peoples of the Southwest, and the sacred and cultural connection these peoples have with their environment. An Apache tipi and a Navajo hooghan framework, an illuminated walk-in sky theater, a video of the process of piiki making, and more than 300 objects from the Museum's extensive archaeological and ethnographic Southwest collections offer insight and information about the history and cultural traditions of these native peoples. The Ruth and Earl Scott Gallery off the Main Entrance.

The Ancient Greek World Completely renovated and reinstalled in 1994, the Museum's ancient Greek gallery draws upon the institution's extensive holdings, one of the country's foremost collections of Greek artifacts. Included are ceramics, sculpture, coins, bronzes and jewelry. The exhibition features more than 400 artifacts, dating from the 11th to the 1st century B.C., with objects grouped in thematic displays examining aspects of ancient Greek life. Third floor Rodney S. Young Gallery.

Raven's Journey: The World of Alaska's Native People Late 19th and early 20th century art and culture of three Alaskan groups: the Eskimos, the Athapaskans, and the Tlingit are featured in this exhibition. In all three cultures, "Raven" is believed to be creator of all things, yet each group expresses this concept in distinctive ways. 376 objects from the Museum's extraordinary American collections, accompanied by blow-ups of rare ethnographic photographs, illustrate the exceptional creativity of Alaska's native people as the exhibit follows a "Raven's Journey" through their world. Second floor off the Main Entrance.

Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition A splendid display of Asian artifacts from the Museum's own collections. The exhibition traces Buddhism from its origins in India, and illustrates this great tradition's evolution and adaptation to the diverse cultures of Asia. Featured is a newly constructed Buddhist altar, outfitted with a collection of 19th century Japanese temple furnishings. Third floor.

Special Exhibitions

Galleries with material from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, Mesoamerica, North America (Plains Indians), Polynesia, and Africa.

Traveling Exhibitions:


Programs: For adults: lectures, symposia, workshops, demonstrations, films, concerts, throughout the year. For families and children: world culture day celebrations and children's workshops throughout the year; "Summer Magic" programs and summer camp.

Tours: Saturday and Sunday, 1:30 p.m., mid-September through mid-May. Topics vary; call 215/898-4015 for schedule.

Food and Drink: Museum Café open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

Museum Shops: Museum Shop hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 4:45 p.m. Pyramid Shop for children open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.; closed summers.

Admission & Directions:

Donation suggested: $5 adults; $2.50 seniors, students; free to members, children under 6, PENNcard holders. Handicapped accessible.

Key Personnel:

Jeremy Sabloff, Director
Vincent Pigott, Associate Director.
Pam Kosty, Assistant Director for Public Information

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