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University of Pennsylvania Museum

33rd and 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.

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. Highlights: 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

2000 Special Exhibition Schedule:

ODUNDE African American Festival: Twenty Years on South Street

Pomo Indian Basket Weavers, Their Baskets and the Art Market

Celebrity Eyes in a Museum Storeroom (tentative title)

Traveling Exhibitions:

Roman Glass: Reflections on Cultural Change

Searching for Ancient Egypt: Art, Architecture and Artifacts from the University of Pennsylvania Museum

Treasures from the Royal Tombs of Ur


Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Closed summer Sundays, Memorial Day through Labor Day, and holidays.

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.

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