Penn Museum

Penn Museum

One of the Museum's most popular exhibitions―serving both a public engagement and a research function―is a working conservation laboratory, focused on ancient Egyptian mummies and related funerary artifacts, created within a public gallery. Visitors can come in any time and watch the conservators at work, and twice a day the conservators open the windows in their Plexiglass “lab within a gallery” and answer questions. (Photo by Steve Minicola.)


The Penn Museum is one of the world’s great archaeology and anthropology research museums, and the largest university museum in the United States. With the mission to transform understanding of our human experience, roughly one million objects in our care, and a wide range of ongoing research projects, the Museum is a vibrant and engaging place of continual discovery.

Penn Museum Giving Opportunities

Fieldwork: Gifts to the Director’s Field Fund support excavation and research projects in current locations including Egypt, France, Iraq, Italy, Mexico, Turkey, and across the United States and Central and South America. Gifts to the Student Fieldwork Fund provide opportunities for Penn undergraduates to gain first-hand experience on excavation projects.

Learning Programs: The Penn Museum engages locally, welcoming more than 40,000 K-12 students annually in a wide range of programs, including a partnership with the School District of Philadelphia which serves every seventh-grade class in the District at no cost to the schools.

Exhibition Programs: The Penn Museum has established the Director’s Exhibitions and Galleries Fund, through which its friends can support the vital regeneration of our signature galleries, or our changing exhibitions program, with a gift of any size.

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