The Penn Museum houses one of the world’s greatest collections of ancient artifacts combined with the best research, technology, teaching and programming.

Penn Museum’s exploration has taken us across six continents and positioned us as a leader in the international scholarly community. We extend that exploratory spirit through research and teaching at the groundbreaking Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM) and by igniting young minds through deep and engaging K–12 programs.

The Penn Museum is building transformation, with plans for a dramatic reconfiguration of its historic building—and with it, new signature galleries and programming. This Campaign will enable us to unveil thousands of previously unseen artifacts, expand classroom and fieldwork opportunities for students, make our visitor experience more comfortable and meaningful, and transform our signature spaces.

CAMPAIGN GOAL: $102,000,000

Campaign Priorities

  • Revitalize our historic building, letting in the light, renovating the storied Harrison Auditorium, and creating a sleek new entrance and a comfortable and fully accessible visitor experience with new air conditioning, elevators and pathways.
  • Create bright, sophisticated new galleries to house our Middle East and African collections and our vivid Mexican and Central American artifacts.
  • Dramatically reimagine our Egyptian Galleries, bringing the beliefs and cultures of a magnificent, ancient civilization to life through the imposing installation of the only pharaonic palace outside of Egypt.
  • Ensure the future of our teaching and research by endowing curatorial positions and hands-on opportunities for Penn students to work with our ancient artifacts and supporting the public school programs that already engage almost every 7th-grader in Philadelphia.

Campaign Leadership

Peter C. Ferry, C’79 PAR’20 PAR’21
Co-Chair, Penn Museum Campaign

Jill Topkis Weiss, C’89 WG’93 PAR’19
Co-Chair, Penn Museum Campaign

 

Talk To Us

Amanda Mitchell-Boyask
Executive Director of Development

(215) 898-4031
amandamb@upenn.edu

For 130 years, the Penn Museum has excavated the treasures that tell our story. With our Campaign, we are embarking on perhaps our grandest excavation yet—revealing the Museum itself.”JULIAN SIGGERS, WILLIAMS DIRECTOR OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA MUSEUM OF ARCHAEOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY

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