The Penn Museum transforms understanding of the human experience. This is our mission, one that we carry out every day in our galleries, labs, field sites, programs, and classrooms. Since its founding in 1887, the Museum has been a place of discovery. We are proud to steward a collection of more than one million objects from around the world, many of them excavated by Penn archaeologists—and even prouder to share these objects and our ongoing research with you.
Discovery is what keeps the Penn Museum a dynamic place. We support active excavation and research sites—in FY2017, 43 projects in 21 countries—as well as in labs right here in the Museum. And we share our discoveries so that you can make your own: I encourage you to explore not only our galleries and exhibitions but also the Digital Penn Museum, where you can delve into our collections, watch films and lectures, and dig deeper into the human story.
In Fall 2017, we began our Building Transformation project, which will renovate and reimagine over 44,000 square feet of space here at the Museum. We will open new signature galleries featuring our collections from the Middle East, Mexico & Central America, Africa, and Egypt, and add important visitor amenities like air conditioning, elevators, and restrooms; create a new entrance experience and gallery spaces; completely renovate the historic Harrison Auditorium. It will be a stunning transformation—a new Penn Museum.
We are committed to remaining open during construction, because at the Museum, there is always something fascinating to see and something new to discover. We will always be a place of wonder for everyone—for all visitors, from students in our K–12 programs to lifelong learners, from our Philadelphia community to global audiences. I hope that you will explore our collections and make your own discoveries.
Julian Siggers, Ph.D.