University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Address
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Mission
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, through its research, collections, exhibitions, and educational programming, advances understanding of the world’s cultural heritage. Our Commitments and Aspirations:
•research excellence
•scientific and ethical integrity
•highest standards of preservation and documentation of sites and collections
•excellence in interpretive exhibits
•effective Communication with our public about the world’s cultural heritage
•service to the University of Pennsylvania community
•supportive, diverse, and cooperative work environment
•fiscal capability to support our mission

The Nitty Gritty

Good Neighborhood X
Kind Employee’s X
Accessible Parking
Sensible way finding X
Accessible Public Transportation X
Kid Friendly X
Gift Shop worth visiting X
Clean Bathrooms! X
Labels you can find X
Reasonable Pricing X
Ample Sitting Room X
Memorable X
Spacious X
Whiteness
Cool visitor materials
Student discount X

Hours
Tuesday
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thurs – Sun
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday
CLOSED

Price
$12 general adult admission
$10 senior citizens (65 and above) and active U.S. military personnel
$8 for children 6 to 17 and full-time students with college ID
FREE for Museum members, children 5 and under, and PENNcard holders (Penn faculty, staff, and students)

Walk Like an Egyptian

This museum sits directly across from the famous Franklin Field. The Museum has created a name of its own holding artifacts from Egypt, Africa, and Rome to name a few. The grounds and building are beautiful and keep up with Penn’s Ivy League standard. The employee’s were a little impatient at times but overall I believe I probably caught them on an off day. Located near numerous forms of public transportation including regional rail, trolley lines, and buses the museum is easy to get to from all areas of Philadelphia. Low prices and accessibility make this a great opportunity for some culture.


Flashbacks of Art History 101

Within the exhibitions it will be hard not to associate it with a large lecture hall filled with hundreds of bodies filling their requirement for art history 101. These artifacts and ones similar to their importance were covered in detail in your introductory art history course. I will say seeing these pieces in person art a lot more astounding than the lecture hall you may remember. The Penn museum does a great job of exhibiting these works in a flattering setting with lighting that add’s a particular glow instead of an aggressive hospital lighting you see in some museums. This museum will be interesting and compatible with people of all ages. There is so much to see in a city like Philadelphia but whether you are site seeing or going on a college visit this may be a great place to stop.

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National Museum of American History

National Museum of American History

14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C., 20001

The Nitty Gritty

Good Neighborhood X
Kind Employee’s X
Accessible Parking
Sensible way finding
Accessible Public Transportation X
Kid Friendly X
Gift Shop worth visiting
Clean Bathrooms! X
Labels you can find X
Reasonable Pricing X
Ample Sitting Room
Memorable X
Spacious
Whiteness
Cool visitor materials X
Student discount

Mission
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History dedicates its collections and scholarship to inspiring a broader understanding of our nation and its many people. We create opportunities for learning, stimulate imaginations, and present challenging ideas about our country’s past.

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Hours and Admission

The Museum is open 10:00am to 5:30pm every day except December 25. Admission is always free and no tickets are required. The schedule is subject to change so please check our website for the latest information.

Walk through Our History

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The National Museum of American History is fairly large so be sure to keep that in mind when planning your trip. The building has beautiful ceilings so LOOK UP! The museum provides maps but the beauty of this museum is that the exhibits do not connect so travel through the museum as you please. Don’t worry the signage is well placed within the museum so if you need a bathroom or an exit it will be easy to find. Be aware at certain points the paths did become over crowded so take that into account if you are planning to bring strollers and wheel chairs during your visit. The National Museum of American History is perfect for all age groups. The museum covers topics that run the gamut such as pop culture, transportation and women’s suffrage. The museum incorporates many visual aids and interactive pieces that will interest all ages!

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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

I had a few exhibits that I really loved. America on the move was an exhibit that walked you through the transportation of America’s time. The exhibit was so interactive and large. It was so much fun to walk through and see these modes of transportation. There was a “Bus Stop”. Upon entering the bus you are spoken to by the driver and you feel as if the bus is on the move. There also is an exhibits that holds everything from costumes from Wicked to the Ruby Slippers used in The Wizard of Oz. These wonderful pieces give you the opportunity to see so many different items that have impacted America over time in so many different ways.

Learning to cook with Julia Child

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I loved this ! Julia Child’s Kitchen was recreated within this museum. There are specific details of the filming of her cooking show and in-depth descriptions of how certain aspects of her kitchen were altered in order to fit into Julia’s preferences. I absolutely recommend visiting this exhibit.

There are more pictures within the Gallery if you are interested. I would love to hear your feedback if you are looking for more information or have a question please feel free to let me know !