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Welcome to the Penn Museum blog. First launched in January 2009, the Museum blog now has over 800 posts covering a range of topics in the categories of Museum, Collection, Exhibitions, Research, and By Location. Here you’ll hear directly from our staff and Penn students about their work, research, experiences, and discoveries. To explore a topic of interest, please use the Blog Search function.


Uncrating a Masterpiece: The Lod Mosaic has Arrived!

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By: James Moss

This past Saturday, January 26th, the centerpiece of our new exhibit, Unearthing a Masterpiece: A Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel arrived and work began to set the pieces into place. The mosaic is so big, that it is shipped in 7 crates.  The crates themselves are so large, that they could not be brought in […]

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Registrars in Action: Rock, Paper, Scissors, Sledgehammer

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By: Stephanie Mach

If you have been to our Museum, odds are you’ve seen people carting around objects or rolling large crates through galleries and mysteriously disappearing behind locked doors.  Most likely, those people were Registrars.  When I’m asked what Museum Registrars do, I usually say we deal with record keeping and moving objects in, out, and around […]

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