Wednesday, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Philadelphia Science Festival Signature Event
LONG LIVE OUR TREASURES: The Science of Conservation and Preservation
The behind-the-scenes work of many museums comes out into the open, as leading conservators and researchers from around the city come together to demonstrate how they preserve their most precious artifacts, from life specimens and mummies, to books, films, and architecture.
LONG LIVE OUR TREASURES takes place in the Penn Museum's third floor galleries. Seventeen partnering organizations (full list below) join together to share conservation science stories at demonstrations, hands on activities, and in short talks. Leading researchers and conservators show and tell how museums preserve their most precious artifacts—mummies, photographs, textiles, films, and even living specimens—and how anyone can preserve their own personal treasures.
Penn Museum's own public conservation project and ongoing exhibition, In the Artifact Lab: Conserving Egyptian Mummies, stays open, with the conservator ready to talk about her months' long work "in the fishbowl" where the public can watch her activities and see her progress. Tickets for LONG LIVE OUR TREASURES are just $6 in advance from the PSF website; $12 on the day of the event. Teachers with valid ID pay $5 at the event. For tickets and more information, visit the Philadelphia Science Festival's website.
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Art Conservators Alliance
Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts
Center for Home Videos
Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust
Free Library of Philadelphia
Independence Seaport Museum
John James Audubon Center
La Salle University Art Museum
University of Delaware
University of Pennsylvania.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
5:00 - 7:30 pm: Enjoy conservation science through hands-on activities and demonstrations from 16 partner organizations. 3rd floor galleries
Special talks during the evening:
5:30 pm: Virgilia Rawnsley, conserving family heirlooms lecture. Egypt (Mummies) Gallery, 3rd floor
6:00 pm: Carmen Vendelin, conserving the collections of La Salle University Art Museum. Egypt (Mummies) Gallery, 3rd floor
6:30 pm: David Silverman, conserving Penn Museum's Egyptian funerary collections. Egypt (Mummies) Gallery, 3rd floor
7:00 pm: Janet Monge, preserving the Hrytl skull collection at the Mütter Museum. Egypt (Mummies) Gallery, 3rd floor
7:30 pm: John Laurino, conserving Olympia at the Independence Seaport Museum. Egypt (Mummies) Gallery, 3rd floor
Throughout the event:
5:00 - 8:00 pm: Unearthing a Masterpiece: A Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel. More than 300 square feet and nearly 2,000 years old, this ancient Roman floor mosaic is one of the world's largest and best preserved. Pepper Hall, 3rd floor
5:00 - 8:00 pm: In the Artifact Lab: Conserving Egyptian Mummies. Part exhibition, and part working laboratory, a glass-enclosed conservation lab brings you right into a museum conservator's world. See the tools of the trade and watch as conservators work on a wide array of Egyptian objects. In the Artifact Lab, Upper Baugh Pavilion, 3rd floor
5:00 - 7:30 pm: Refresh with a special Science Festival themed cocktail, beer, or glass of wine, and a selection of soups and sandwiches, all available for purchase at the Pepper Mill Café. 2nd floor
Photos: (Top) Margaret Little at work at the Barnes Foundation, courtesy of the Barnes Foundation. (Bottom) Molly Gleeson working "In the Artifact Lab" at the Penn Museum.