The Penn Museum is the largest university museum in the United States and one of the world's great archaeology and anthropology research museums. With a collection of roughly one million objects, the Penn Museum illustrates the history of humanity from antiquity to the present.
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology was founded in 1887, and today is devoted to a mission of transforming the understanding of the human experience. The Penn Museum was founded with the intent to bring together in one collection the artifacts that evidenced the development and history of humanity, from antiquity to the present. Most of these artifacts were excavated or acquired through the museum's own research missions. Committed to pillars of research, teaching, collections stewardship, and public engagement, the Penn Museum is a dynamic research institution and a vibrant place of discovery, with many ongoing research projects. Visitors to the museum and lifelong learners will explore these vast collections and make their own discoveries along the way.