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.
Parts of the Museum are currently under renovation, impacting accessibility. In order to access the entire Museum, individuals with limited mobility may have to exit the building and reenter through the alternate entrance.
|Middle East Galleries||Main (Kamin) Entrance|
|Native American Voices||Main (Kamin) Entrance|
|Egypt (Mummies) Gallery||Group (Kress) Entrance|
|China & Japan Galleries||Group (Kress) Entrance|
|Rome Gallery||Group (Kress) Entrance|
|Greece Gallery||Group (Kress) Entrance|
|Etruscan Italy Gallery||Group (Kress) Entrance|
|Canaan & Ancient Israel Gallery||Group (Kress) Entrance|
|And So the Story Goes||Group (Kress) Entrance|
|Bearing Witness||Group (Kress) Entrance|
|Moundbuilders||Group (Kress) Entrance|
|Cultures in the Crossfire||Group (Kress) Entrance|
|The Artifact Lab||Group (Kress) Entrance|
Please call (215) 898-4000 for assistance with planning your visit.
Accessible Entrances and Parking
Each of the Museum’s entrances are accessible:
- The Main Entrance (Kamin), located across from Franklin Field on South Street, is accessible via a wheelchair ramp near the corner of South and 33rd Streets. Use this entrance to access the Middle East Galleries, Native American Voices, and Widener Lecture Hall.
- 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, is open only for special occasions.
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
As the Penn Museum updates its galleries and amenities to accommodate all visitors’ physical needs, elevator access is limited in parts of the building. Visitors using mobility devices or strollers should use the following entrances to access specific galleries and spaces:
- To access the Middle East Galleries, Native American Voices, and Widener Lecture Hall, please use the Main Entrance (Kamin). Visitors with difficulty using stairs will need to exit the building and re-enter through the Group Entrance (Kress) to access the rest of the Museum.
- To access all other galleries, the Pepper Mill Café, Museum Shop, and Rainey Auditorium, please use the Group Entrance (Kress). Visitors with difficulty using stairs will need to exit the building and re-enter through the Main Entrance (Kamin) to access the rest of the Museum.
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 are welcome in the Museum and its galleries.
Wheelchair accessible restrooms are located at the Group Entrance (Kress) and at the far end of the Middle East Galleries near the Widener Lecture Hall.
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.
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
- Watch Online during your visit