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Accessibility

The Penn Museum is open to all. We recognize the diversity of our guests' abilities and needs, and we offer a variety of programs and services to ensure the accessibility of the Museum and its collection.

Accessible Entrances and Parking

Each of the Museum’s entrances are accessible:

  • The Group Entrance (Kress) can be entered via the driveway on the east side of the Museum off Convention Avenue, south of South Street, just past the entrance to Lot 7. This driveway is directly across from the SEPTA University City Regional Rail Station. Guests may be dropped off at the Group Entrance (Kress) but parking is not available in the Group Entrance lot. Use this entrance to access most galleries, the Pepper Mill Café, Museum Shop, and Rainey Auditorium.
  • The Trescher Entrance, located in between the Main (Kamin) and Group (Kress) Entrances on South Street, can be entered through the Stoner Courtyard..
  • The Main Entrance (Kamin), located across from Franklin Field on South Street, is temporarily closed until November 16 while we complete construction on the new Sphinx Gallery. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the Warden Garden via a wheelchair ramp near the corner of South and 33rd Streets.

Accessible parking is available in the University of Pennsylvania’s Lot 7 at the posted rates. The parking garage is adjacent to the Museum at the corner of South Street and Convention Avenue, with its entrance off Convention Avenue. Spaces are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Gallery Access for Mobility Devices and Strollers

On the third floor, a short flight of three stairs leads from the Etruscan Italy Gallery to the Greece Gallery. Members of our security staff are happy to assist any visitor who needs to use the nearby lift for access to this gallery—please notify them for assistance.

Service Animals

Service animals are welcome in the Museum and its galleries.

Restrooms

Wheelchair accessible restrooms are located at the Group Entrance (Kress).

Planning Your Visit

No admission fee will be charged for any Personal Care Attendant (PCA) who accompanies a visitor with disabilities to the Penn Museum. This free admission for a PCA includes general museum admission, special exhibitions, public programs, and tours.

For programs and events in which reservations are required or space is limited, please contact the Visitor Services department at 215-898-4001 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a free ticket for a PCA.

To coordinate a visit to the Museum for a group with special needs, call 215.746.8183 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

If you have any additional needs, please call Visitor Services at 215.898.4001.

ASL Video Gallery Highlights

Watch actor and comedian CJ Jones on your personal device as he takes you on a tour of the highlights of the Penn Museum in American Sign Language.

How to Watch

Access Programs for K-12 Students and Teachers

Learn more about the variety of programs available to students with special needs, including workshops and tours for individuals with cognitive, sensory, mobility, and behavioral disabilities.

Visit Access Programs at the Penn Museum

Family Access Programs


Engage all of your senses in our accessible family offerings, including early opening and evening programs for visitors with special needs and their families.

Visit Family Access Programs at the Penn Museum