Project includes refurbished galleries, a state-of-the-art suite of conservation, research, and teaching labs, and restoration of the historic Widener Lecture Hall
OCTOBER 4, 2010—Richard Hodges, Williams Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, is pleased to announce the start of construction on a major renovation of the West Wing of the Museum's original 1899 building.
The first phase of renovation will include refurbishment of the Wing's public galleries—where a landmark exhibition from China, Secrets of the Silk Road, will open February 5, 2011—and the creation of a teaching laboratory for ceramic petrography. Later phases will add the creation of a state-of-the-art suite of conservation labs and workspaces, several additional teaching and research labs, and the restoration of the historic and architecturally unique Widener Lecture Hall, which will return to its original function as a beautiful public event space after several decades of use as a behind-the-scenes preparation area for exhibitions. The addition of climate control throughout the Wing, together with replacement of the windows with historically accurate but airtight and energy efficient versions, will significantly enhance the Penn Museum visitor experience and provide greater protection and stability for the artifacts on display.
Gearing up to present this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition, Penn Museum offers related advance programming, from a "Great Adventures Along the Silk Road" evening lecture series, to P.M. @ PENN MUSEUM evening activities that highlight the rich cultural traditions of the vast region once known as the "Silk Road."
PHILADELPHIA, PA--This fall through spring, PECO joins with the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology to sponsor a diverse and engaging lineup of world culture celebrations the whole family can enjoy.
PECO World Culture Days, all free with Penn Museum admission donation ($10 adults; $7 seniors [65+]; $6 children [6-17] and full-time college students with ID), introduce guests of all ages to the rich cultural traditions that are found throughout the world--and are alive within the diverse Greater Philadelphia community.
"This series will explore rich and diverse world cultures through food, dance, and fun games for all," said Jeff Gordon, PECO's manager of Corporate Relations. "We are proud to support the Penn Museum and to celebrate diversity with our customers and communities."
Held on Saturdays and Sundays, fall through spring, PECO World Culture Days connect visitors of all ages to the rich cultural traditions found throughout the Penn Museum's galleries and across the globe. Events showcase the artistic and cultural specialties of the region's diverse communities while inviting guests to also enjoy the Museum's vast collections, educational resources, and inspiring spaces. PECO World Culture Days offer visitors a full menu of activities to choose from, including international music and dancing, speakers on various topics, family crafts, interactive workshops, and related food demonstrations. Activities are held throughout the Museum's galleries, classrooms, auditoriums, and gardens.
The Pepper Mill Café, offering affordable international cuisine and a fresh variety of healthy, vegetarian, and sustainable food options for breakfast, lunch, and lighter fare, opens for business at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology today, Tuesday, September 14, 2010. Restaurant Associates (RA) takes over the newly remodeled and newly named cafe, at the site of the former Museum Café, with wall-to-wall windows overlooking the Museum's inner gardens. RA is also the exclusive caterer of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, having started in July of this year.
Diners—both Museum visitors and those just coming in for the café—can experience a wide variety of offerings including soup, a daily vegetarian option, and changing main course items, from sustainable seafood choices such as arctic char with mango papaya slaw as well as comfort food items, and a daily pasta. Hot and cold sandwiches and specialty salads, including a signature mezze plate with hummus, stuffed grape leaves, feta salad, marinated olives, cucumber tomato salad and pita chips, are available. The Shaker Salad station offers more than 26 ingredients for guests to create their own salad. The café atmosphere is casual and contemporary, with most entrees under $7, beer and wine available, and student value meals featured daily.
Water, water, everywhere—it is a source of refreshment, and a requirement for life. It is an essential ingredient for environmental and economic viability, and increasingly, it is at the center of geopolitical strife.
The 2010-2011 academic year at the University of Pennsylvania has been named the "Year of Water," with a rich slate of interdisciplinary programs, including talks, conferences, discussions, a Penn Reading Project book, tours and exhibitions around the theme of water. Visit yearofwater.org. The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology joins in the activities with a special display, a thematic gallery tour, and two afternoon symposia for the Penn community and the public alike. Penn Museum programs are supported by the University of Pennsylvania's Office of the Provost. All activities are free to the public with Museum admission donation, or free with a PennCard (students, faculty and staff of the University of Pennsylvania).
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology opens its doors after Labor Day with expanded afternoon and weekend hours, new Wednesday evening hours and programming, and—beginning September 13—a new museum café for visitors to enjoy.
"P.M. @ PENN MUSEUM" Wednesdays, beginning September 8, keep the Penn Museum galleries open until 8:00 pm, with half-hour gallery tours at 5:30 pm, and special 6:00 pm programming that changes weekly. First Wednesdays feature Restaurant Associates' "Chef's Corner"; second Wednesdays are devoted to Quizzo, hosted by Quiztine; third Wednesdays offer diverse World Music and Dance Performances; and fourth and fifth Wednesdays are Class Nights, with interactive opportunities to learn ethnic dance, yoga, drawing, flower arranging, and more. The September schedule is below. Look for updates online at www.penn.museum/pm.
Event Features Music, Dance, Shared Feasting and Ceremonial Passing of the Wampum
PHILADELPHIA, PA--Long before the first Swedish settlers, before William Penn's arrival, before there was a Declaration of Independence and then a United States of America, the Lenape people lived and thrived in Philadelphia and a wide region that included what is now eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and southern New York. The history and culture of the Lenape Indians is an integral part of this region.
On Saturday, August 21, from noon gathering to 4:30 pm, the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania invites neighbors, friends, organizations, and families to participate at the signing of the Treaty of Renewed Friendship at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. All who choose to sign indicate their wish to support the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania and to partner with them as caretakers of their sacred homeland.
Penn Museum's September/October 2010 Calendar of Events
For the most updated information on programs offered at the Penn Museum, and for online pre-registration (optional or required for some programs) visit the Museum's calendar.
Confirmed: Anticancer Activity from Select Herbal Additives Found in Ancient Alcoholic Beverages
Penn Museum and Penn Medicine Research Collaboration Yields First Promising Evidence for Efficacy of Medicinal Compounds Once Employed by Our Ancestors
PHILADELPHIA, PA July 2010—New biomolecular archaeological evidence backed up by increasingly sophisticated scientific testing techniques are uncovering medicinal remedies discovered, tested, and sometimes lost, throughout millennia of human history—herbs, tree resins, and other organic materials dispensed by ancient fermented beverages like wine and beer. Did those ancient "remedies" work-and if so, is there something we can learn—or re-learn—from our ancestors to help sick people today?
Archaeologists and Travelers in Ottoman Lands
Explores the Making of America's First Excavations in the Near East
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New Exhibition Opens with a "Turkish Delight!" Celebration
Sunday, September 26, 2010
PHILADELPHIA, PA June 2010—In the 1880s, before the first brick was laid for its own building, the University of Pennsylvania Museum organized America's first archaeological expedition to the ancient Near East—to Nippur, a promising but far-flung Mesopotamian site then within the vast Ottoman Empire, now located in Iraq to the south of Baghdad.
Historic Secrets of the Silk Road Exhibition from China
Makes Only East Coast Stop at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA, PA November 2010—With graceful eyelashes, long flaxen hair and serene expression, the "Beauty of Xiaohe" seems to have just softly fallen to sleep—yet she last closed her eyes nearly 4,000 years ago. She was found in 2003, one of hundreds of spectacularly preserved mummies buried in the desert sands of the vast Tarim Basin, in the Far Western Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China. This "Beauty of Xiaohe" and more than 100 objects, 700 to 3,800 years old, travel for the first time ever to the East Coast, where Secrets of the Silk Road opens at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia. After opening the exhibition in a modified form (without artifacts and mummies from China) on February 5, the full complement of artifacts goes on display for a limited time beginning Friday, February 18, at 1:00 pm (read latest announcement).
Penn Museum's Pay-What-You-Want Wednesday Music Series
The sounds of summer in West Philadelphia, on Penn's campus, just got sweeter. Penn Museum's Silk Road Summer Nights music series offers city residents, commuters, and happy hour denizens an introduction to the music of the Silk Road. The Silk Road theme is offered to herald the coming of a new major exhibition from China, Secrets of the Silk Road, making its East Coast stop at the Penn Museum February 5, 2011 through June 5, 2011.
PHILADELPHIA, PA 2010—This year’s Summer Wonder series at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology will have children and their families hula dancing, listening to music spanning Brazil to the Middle East, joining a Roman gladiator’s journey, and traveling along the ancient Spice Route.
LIVE TAPING THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 5:30 PM
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"American Indian Cultures of the 21st Century" Subject of Talk by John Sanchez
Philadelphia, PA Penn Museum —The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is the host for an episode of Humanities On The Road, a new television initiative presented by Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC) and broadcast on Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN). Penn Museum was selected from more than 75 organizations from across Pennsylvania to present "American Indian Cultures in the 21st Century" featuring John Sanchez, Associate Professor of Communications at Penn State University, and a member of the Apache nation. The episode will be taped before a live audience on Thursday, June 3, 5:30 pm, in the Main Entrance foyer adjacent to the Museum's long-term exhibition Living in Balance: The Universe of the Hopi, Zuni, Navajo, and Apache. PCN will broadcast the episode to 3.3 million households in the fall.
PHILADELPHIA, MAY 2010—Since March 2009, following months of research and planning, Penn Museum conservators and outside consultants have been engaged in a major conservation project of the Museum's "Tang Horses"-two world-renowned, monumental Chinese reliefs depicting two of six famous horses that belonged to the Chinese Emperor Taizong (AD 599-649), the true founder of the Tang Dynasty.
Robert K. Wittman, Undercover Agent and Founder, FBI Art Crime Team,
Offers Talk, First Philadelphia Book-signing of PRICELESS, Tuesday, June 8, 6:00 PM at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Author Signs Books by the Penn Museum's Famous Crystal Ball, Recovered in 1991
PHILADELPHIA, PA 2010—The Wall Street Journal called him "a living legend." The London Times dubbed him "the most famous art detective in the world."
Robert K. Wittman, founder of the FBI's Art Crime Team and an undercover agent for two decades, pulls back the curtain on his remarkable career with the publishing of his new memoir, PRICELESS: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures. He speaks publicly about his adventures, and signs his book, co-authored with John Shiffman, at the University of Pennsylvania Museum Tuesday evening, June 8, at 6 pm. General admission tickets to the program are $10; $5 Penn Museum members; and free for Penn students. The program is co-sponsored by Penn Museum's Cultural Heritage Center. More information and pre-registration (suggested) is online: www.penn.museum/events-calendar/details/234.html.
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has joined with the nearby Franklin Institute to offer area residents and Philadelphia visitors an unparalleled ancient Egyptian experience-at a double ticket discount price even a pharaoh like Cleopatra would appreciate!
From June 5, 2010 through January 2, 2011, The Franklin Institute hosts a major new exhibition from Egypt, Cleopatra: Search for the Last Queen of Egypt.