University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Signature Galleries
Middle East Galleries

Ancient Egypt: From Discovery to Display

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Ancient Egypt: From Discovery to Display provides you with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to walk in the shoes of an archaeologist. Peel back the curtain and get a behind-the-scenes view of the journey artifacts take from excavation to conservation to storage and research. More than 200 fascinating objects, many of which have never been on view before, are included throughout the three-part, 6,000-square-foot exhibition.


Take in the fascinating story of humanity through an extraordinary collection of art and artifacts from all over the world. Our galleries celebrate the incredible and diverse accomplishments of people, and many of the objects on display come directly from our own archaeological excavations and anthropological expeditions. From stone tools and household items to architectural monuments and fine art — you’ll discover something new about the amazing lives of people spanning the entire history of humankind.

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After more than 100 years educating and entertaining generations of guests, our beloved Sphinx is enjoying some well-deserved rest and relaxation. The Egypt (Sphinx) Gallery is closed as we begin conservation of monumental objects in preparation for new galleries. Learn more.

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Special Exhibitions

A visit to our special exhibitions will transform your understanding of the human experience through compelling narratives, unique objects and engaging interactives. The stories of diverse cultures throughout history and their varied perspectives are shared through a contemporary lens, making historical connections that are relevant to our lives today. We invite you to join us on a voyage of ongoing discovery!

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