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What's on View

The Penn Museum hosts special exhibitions in the Merle-Smith Galleries. Moundbuilders: Ancient Architects of North America. This exhibit explores the fascinating story of Native American moundbuilding through a variety of photographs, artifacts, archival materials, and excavation records.

Second Floor

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What's on View

The North America Gallery currently features Native American Voices: The People—Here and Now , a long-term interactive exhibition. Leave preconceptions behind and discover a living tapestry of Nations with distinct stories, histories, and identities.

The Mexico & Central America Gallery introduces you to the pre-Colombian civilizations of Mesoamerica, which flourished before the Spanish Conquest. Major traditions represented here include those of central and western Mexico, the Gulf Coast, Oaxaca, the highland and lowland Maya of Yucatan, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and a variety of Central American cultures.-->

The Penn Museum hosts special exhibitions in the Kintner and Dietrich Galleries. The Museum's new Middle East Galleries opened in the spring of 2018.

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What's on View

The Classical World Galleries focus on Etruscan Italy , Greece , and Rome , and offer more than one thousand ancient artifacts – including marble and bronze sculptures, jewelry, metalwork, mosaics, glass vessels, gold and silver coins, and pottery.

The Penn Museum holds nearly 25,000 artifacts from the area that encompasses modern Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, Jordan and Lebanon, and parts of Syria, the largest collection of artifacts from this region. A sampling is on display in the Canaan & Israel Gallery .

The Japan and China Galleries occupy the Museum's Harrison Wing and Rotunda, which contains one of the largest unsupported masonry domes in the United States (the roof of Harrison Auditorium that supports the floor of the China Gallery). The galleries house one of the finest collections of monumental Chinese and Japanese art in the country, covering some 4,000 years of history.

The Egypt (Mummies) Gallery displays carved reliefs, stone coffins, and 3-dimensional sculpture that testifies to the superb craftsmanship of Egyptian artists and sculptors throughout that country's long history. Explore human and animal mummies, tomb artifacts, and funerary objects and materials used in the mummification process in the Egyptian Mummy: Secrets and Science Gallery . Learn about the ancient Egyptian belief in an afterlife, and the complex funerary practices they developed over thousands of years.

Part exhibition, and part working laboratory, In the Artifact Lab: Conservation in Action, a glass-enclosed conservation lab brings you right into a museum conservator’s world. See the tools of the trade and watch as conservators work on a wide array of artifacts being prepared for exhibit in the Museum’s signature galleries.


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