In June 2010, following approval from its Board of Overseers, the Penn Museum announced Destination 2012, part of the University of Pennsylvania’s landmark $3.5 billion Making History Campaign, with a goal of $52.5 million.
- Renovation of the West Wing of the Museum’s original, 1899 building.
Gifts received to date have made possible climate controlled and fully renovated galleries, the creation of a laboratory for the teaching of ceramic petrography, and the commencement of renovation of the Widener Lecture Room as a lovely teaching, meeting, and private event space. Funding needs remain to complete the final phase of the West Wing Renovation Project: the renovation of the suite of conservation and teaching laboratories on the first floor, with a special study/storage classroom housing part of the renowned Morton Collection of human crania.
- Changing Exhibitions and New Long-Term Galleries
Underwriting gifts have made possible vibrant, varied and interactive changing and long-term exhibitions which have helped attract new audiences and given returning visitors a fresh perspective at the Penn Museum. Underwriting gifts are sought for an upcoming presentation of the spectacular Roman mosaic from Lod, Israel, and new, long-term exhibitions of the Museum’s permanent collections in Native American Voices and The Making and Unmaking of Race.
- Conservation Staff and Internship Program
Penn Museum’s Conservation Laboratory was the first of its kind in the United States to be staffed entirely by professional conservators, who act as caretakers and preservers of the Museum’s extraordinary collection, and run an active Internship and Fellowship Program which, since 1971, has hosted nearly 50 fellows and interns, many of whom can be found now working in leading museums worldwide. To ensure the best stewardship of the Collection entrusted to it, through Destination 2012, the Museum seeks to add two permanent full-time conservator positions and fund up to eight annual pre-doctoral interns.
- New Student Programs
Campaign gifts are already providing financial assistance for travel and living expenses to undergraduate students participating in archaeological field work through a Museum summer or semester project. Additional funding is sought as student participation in fieldwork increases through new curricular initiatives.
- Digital Initiatives
Generous contributions to Destination 2012’s digital initiatives have made possible the creation of the Kowalski Digital Media Center, conversion to a new collections management database backing the Online Collection launched in January 2012, and work on new web initiatives to showcase 125 of the Museum’s important research projects, as well as project-specific sites offering access to the objects and archival records from the Museum’s excavations at Ur, Iraq; Kourion, Cyprus; Gordion, Turkey, and Hasanlu, Iran. Additional support for digital initiatives will make it possible to bring increase and expand the scope of materials accessible through our Online Collection.