The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology - Penn Museum

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University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

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The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

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University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

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The Experience

If you called its 12-ton Egyptian sphinx “one in a million,” you’d be right: it is just one in a collection of nearly a million objects at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (commonly known as the “Penn Museum”)—one of the world’s finest archaeological and anthropological museums.

For more then 125 years, the Penn Museum has sponsored more than 300 worldwide scientific expeditions which yielded many of the artifacts on display including Sumerian cuneiform clay tablets (some of the world’s oldest writing), architectural elements from the 3,200-year-old palace of the pharaoh Merenptah, the 4,500-year-old jewelry of Queen Puabi’s from the Mesopotamian Royal Cemetery at Ur (in modern-day Iraq), towering ancient Maya stone monuments and evocative masks from West Africa.

Ancient Greek and Italian treasures are presented in a suite of Classical World galleries. Other noteworthy galleries explore ancient Egypt and Egyptian mummies, Africa, Asia, and Central America.

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Wall Plaque at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Statue of Guanyin at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Sphinx of Ramses II at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Queen Puabi's Headdress and Beaded Cape at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Nsikpe Dance Crest at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Relief Portrait Pendants at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Lyre with Bearded Bull's Head and Inlaid Panel at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Crystal Ball on Silver Stand at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Benghazi Venus at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Attic Red-figure Stamnos by the Kleophrades Painter at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology