I really enjoyed this museum. Though it was smaller than I expected, especially paying $18/ticket, I expected a bigger museum. But it did have an amazing ancient Egyptian collection (more so than anything else), and that's mainly what I came for, so I was happy. They also had an ancient Chinese exhibit and a small Mayan and Native American and African collection. Also their gift shop leaves something to be desired. My main issues were the price, even NYC doesn't charge that much and only ask for a donation of your choice. Plus their garage was expensive as well, can't remember how much because boyfriend paid, but it was close to about the same as the price of one ticket. I also didn't like that it said we had to buy timed tickets online, and we almost didn't go at the time we wanted to because we thought we missed our window and would have to wait, but when we got there, we thought we'd just go in person and see, and lo and behold, there were almost no other people there and we were able to go in as soon as we came. This was a Friday afternoon so I can't speak for weekends. Also, a large portion of the Egyptian exhibit doesn't have air conditioning, just large fans, so it was pretty suffocating. Not sure what that's about. Bathrooms on the second floor were only two rooms for males and females and were disgusting and smelled horrible. Other than that, I do recommend the museum overall. Saw lots of amazing artifacts. Plus there is a climate controlled room you can enter where you can see where they work on their artifacts.
An incredible collection of historical artifacts from around the world. The sphinx in the entrance alone is nearly worth the cost of entry to see such an amazing piece of history. Well curated collections broken down into geographic and historical date which makes it easy to follow history as it occurred. The special collection was The History We Wear and was an awesome look at several styles of clothing from periods and places around the world. Staff is friendly and short briefs on specific pieces occur throughout the day to give a rich history of these artifacts. Being able to see an original peice of the Gilgamesh epic in real life was amazing. Highly recommend this museum if you are fascinated by human history.
The newly renovated historic Harrison Auditorium is impressive. I attended a 1-day conference at this Penn Museum facility. The intricatedly carved ceiling is gorgeous! The meeting acoustics and technology provided were excellent. There is a patio space for relaxing and enjoying refreshments. A lush water garden leads to the entrance. The Museum is accessible by public transit and museum staff are helpful.
A hidden gem! A must stop when in Philly! One of the best university archeology museum in the world! The 1st floor has been completely renovated with lots of hands on and interactive exhibits. The renovation on the second floor is not complete yet, but should be soon. Has the largest Sphinx in the Western Hemisphere. 5th largest outside Egypt. Great place for family with kids. Teenagers will find this place interesting too!
Visiting the museum, was like a dream comes true! I really really enjoyed the visit and I loved the staff of the Museum! They are so kind and extremely generous. Thank you so much for the most joyful moments I've ever had in my life! And actually, the day I visited the museum was my birthday day March 29, so I celebrated my birthday by visiting the museum.