Penn Museum – Afterviewing the impressive collection of international art and artifacts inside this University of Pennsylvania museum,visitors can relax in two magnificent gardens.
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum) offers multiple approaches for multiple audiences—from grades K-12 to families and adults. The museum’s elevated Warden Garden and Main Entrance (Kamin) are wheelchair accessible via a new ramp. The museum partners with Philly Touch Tours, an organization that coordinates cultural and historical tours for blind and low-vision guests, to provide gallery tours of ancient Egyptian and ancient Roman artifacts. Self-guided experiences called “Tactile Trips Around the World” are offered throughout the year. The museum works with the Penn Memory Center for adults with dementia and their families. The special education staff leads sensory-friendly “Evening Expeditions” for families with children ages eight and up, and homeschool family days, both offering multisensory explorations of galleries and hands-on activities. 3260 South Street, (215) 898-4000, penn.museum, penn.museum/visit/accessibility; Philly Touch Tours, (215) 790-9079, phillytouchtours.com
The Warden Garden, now wheelchair accessible, features a classic koi pool, expansive lawns and mosaics created by Louis Comfort Tiffany, while the Stoner Courtyard, built on the philosophy that places for nature are necessary in our built-up world, includes sculptural pieces by A.S. Calder, a cobblestone walkway and a beautiful marble fountain. Inside the museum, guests marvel at objects including a 15-ton Egyptian sphinx, African and Native American masks, Maya sculpture and Egyptian mummies. 3260 South Street, (215) 898-4000, penn.museum