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Access the Collections

The Museum's vast and varied collections are in active service to the University of Pennsylvania community and researchers from all over the world.

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Research Access

The Penn Museum welcomes and encourages researchers to make use of its collections. We have world-class collections of objects from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Oceania, ancient Egypt*, the Mediterranean, and the Near East, as well as extensive photographic, film, and document archives and a significant collection of biological specimens and remains in our Physical Anthropology collection. We make every effort to accommodate research requests, however, mitigating circumstances (including but not limited to inaccessibility, fragility, publication status, sacred nature, construction, and time constraints) may restrict access to some materials.

*Due to building renovations and gallery development work, the Egyptian Section is currently unable to support research requests. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Teaching Access

The Penn Museum is committed to fostering student engagement with our collections. We welcome and encourage faculty, instructors, and teaching assistants to integrate the large and diverse collections of the Museum into their curriculum.

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