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The modern museum... is in itself an institution of learning, combining the functions of preservation and the elucidation of knowledge... with the more active functions of original research and the dissemination of truth...
George Byron Gordon, "The Functions of the Modern Museum." The Museum Journal vol II, no. 1 (March, 1911)

Your unrestricted support allows the Penn Museum to unearth, preserve, and share untold aspects of our human experience. A contribution to the Annual Fund supports every aspect of our mission: inviting our regional neighbors to connect our collections to their own cultural heritage; serving the visitors and scholars from around the world who seek out the stories in our galleries; and educating the Penn and K–12 students who will become the researchers and teachers of the future.

Help us advance the Penn Museum’s mission to be a center for inquiry and the ongoing exploration of humanity—for our University of Pennsylvania, regional, national, and global communities. With your support, we can invite audiences from around the world to add their voices to this exploration. Penn Museum Visionaries are part of a community that takes special responsibility for the future of the Museum. The support of this circle of leaders enables us to build on our impact, as we work to become a global example of an accessible, cutting-edge, and socially conscious museum.

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Support more than 130 years of field work uncovering untold aspects of the human story around the globe. Your gift advances new insights into our shared human history and cutting-edge archaeological techniques; helps us work hand-in-hand with local communities in heritage preservation; and can drive educational and economic opportunities. Research is the engine that drives everything we do, fueled by the support of people like you.

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Support immersive, inclusive, and hands-on educational experiences for students of all ages through learning opportunities like our flagship K-12 program for Philadelphia students Unpacking the Past, or our Academic Engagement Program here at Penn, your gift gives students the chance to investigate the lessons of the past and answer today’s most pressing social, cultural, and environmental questions.

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Support the work of the conservators, registrars, keepers, and curators who house and preserve our objects, research their history and provenance, and make them accessible to researchers and communities that connect with their legacies. Your gift to support collections stewardship gives us the resources we need to make the Penn Museum a leader in ethical stewardship practices and a model for a 21st-century museum.

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For more information, please contact Jonathan Heisler, Assistant Director, Individual Gifts, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 215.898.9017.

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