Download the data

You can download the object data available in the online collection as either a CSV, XML or JSON file. Each sections' data is available below as well as a single file containing all 346,474 object records. This data is provided 'as-is'. Not all records included herein have been reviewed for completeness or accuracy. That process is ongoing and the Museum would welcome your assistance in drawing our attention to any particularly egregious omissions or inaccuracies. If you have questions about this data please email online.collections@pennmuseum.org. These files were last updated on May 17, 2015.


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This data is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.


  • All (346,474 objects)
    • csv (zipped 16.1 MB, unzipped 94.4 MB)
    • xml (zipped 21.1 MB, unzipped 340.7 MB)
    • json (zipped 18.8 MB, unzipped 189.6 MB)
  • African (18,750 objects)
    • csv (zipped 1,001.3 KB, unzipped 5 MB)
    • xml (zipped 1.2 MB, unzipped 16.3 MB)
    • json (zipped 1.1 MB, unzipped 9.4 MB)
  • American (135,124 objects)
    • csv (zipped 6 MB, unzipped 36.1 MB)
    • xml (zipped 8.1 MB, unzipped 138.4 MB)
    • json (zipped 7.1 MB, unzipped 75 MB)
  • Asian (20,545 objects)
    • csv (zipped 1.3 MB, unzipped 6.6 MB)
    • xml (zipped 1.7 MB, unzipped 21.9 MB)
    • json (zipped 1.5 MB, unzipped 12.6 MB)
  • Egyptian (41,240 objects)
    • csv (zipped 1.4 MB, unzipped 10.5 MB)
    • xml (zipped 1.8 MB, unzipped 39.6 MB)
    • json (zipped 1.6 MB, unzipped 22 MB)
  • European (8,038 objects)
    • csv (zipped 263.4 KB, unzipped 2.1 MB)
    • xml (zipped 350.5 KB, unzipped 7.6 MB)
    • json (zipped 305.7 KB, unzipped 4.1 MB)
  • Historic (2,473 objects)
    • csv (zipped 138.8 KB, unzipped 683 KB)
    • xml zipped 175.7 KB, unzipped 2.2 MB)
    • json zipped 157.8 KB, unzipped 1.3 MB)
  • Mediterranean (26,261 objects)
    • csv (zipped 1.7 MB, unzipped 8.6 MB)
    • xml (zipped 2.2 MB, unzipped 29.7 MB)
    • json (zipped 2 MB, unzipped 16.9 MB)
  • Near Eastern (71,279 objects)
    • csv (zipped 3.2 MB, unzipped 18.8 MB)
    • xml (zipped 4 MB, unzipped 64.2 MB)
    • json (zipped 3.6 MB, unzipped 36.4 MB)
  • Oceanian (21,341 objects)
    • csv (zipped 1.1 MB, unzipped 5.8 MB)
    • xml (zipped 1.4 MB, unzipped 19.8 MB)
    • json (zipped 1.3 MB, unzipped 11.4 MB)

  • What is available?

    These files contain metadata about the objects in the collection. This usually includes information about what the object is, a brief physical description, dates, where it is from and what it is made of. Some records will have more information than others. As a work in progress, the Museum continuously strives to improve both the quantity and quality of the data contained within the online database.

    Some fields contain multiple values (e.g. Place Name, Material and Other Number). In the CSV file, multiple values in these fields are seperated by a single pipe-bar character '|'. For complete documentation about the fields in these files please see the About page.

    What isn't available

    Unfortunately, images, information about where the object has been published and its exhibtion history are not included in this dataset. These data sets may be added in the future.

    What can I do with the data?

    Anything! Please use this data for your own projects, amusement, or research. We would love to be surprised by what you create with this data. If you build something let us know.