The Penn Museum
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is a part of the University of Pennsylvania. I once took a non-credit Egyptology course offered by the university (a small certification program offered with the help of a third-party platform). Since that course, I have desired to visit the University of Pennsylvania's museum. As a student of Towson University, I have fortunately been reminded of the museum. I highly recommend visiting the museum. It is so alive!
This may be concerning after a long drive, but it is reasonable. There are paid garages in the area. Since admissions could honestly be more, the price of parking isn't hurtful. Additionally, on my first walk to the museum; I had the chance to pass a relief that was in the public view (I do not believe it has any relation to the Penn Museum). Walking around Philadelphia is always a treat. I also enjoyed this when I visited the Mütter Museum (in the same city) some years ago. The architecture up in that great city of PA is amazing. I remember a gentleman taking a photograph of a building being assembled (numerous pieces were waiting to be one with the grander structure). The denizens near the Penn Museum appear to be of cultures from all over the world. It is a very cosmopolitan locale. I completely love it.
Not only is Philadelphia filled with colors, but so are the artifacts in the museum. Much of the ancient world was painted (something that is too often forgotten). Some of the collection still retains this beauty. I won't go into too much detail; let it be a surprise.
The Stuff of Archaeology: An Introduction
Some of the museum is currently closed. I missed out on some of my favorite pieces, but, this also gives me reason to visit again soon. There are three floors of gorgeous pieces, but please note that some of the museum is closed until late mid-November. A link concerning this is thus provided below.
Penn Museum Opening Weekend
- Building Transformation - Penn Museum Transformation | Penn Museum
The Penn Museum is building transformation, with plans for a dramatic reconfiguration of our historic building—and with it, new signature galleries and new programming.
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