The Penn Museum – also referred to as the University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology – supports a mission to transform understanding of the human experience. And since its founding in 1887, the museum been a place of discovery. Penn Museum houses and cares for a collection of more than one million objects from around the world, many of them excavated by Penn archaeologists—from artifacts that reveal our first existence on earth, to the largest Sphinx you can see in the western hemisphere. The Penn Museum invites you to immerse yourself in these objects and their stories, and to discover your place in the great arc of human history.
The Penn Museum is in the midst of a major renovation and reconfiguration of its historic building—and with it, new signature galleries and new programming. They are creating new galleries to house their world-famous collections from the Middle East, Africa, Mexico, and Central America, and they are dramatically re-imagining their galleries of Egypt and Nubia. The updated Middle East galleries opened in 2018, with the new Africa, Mexico, and Central America galleries slated to open fall 2019.