Penn Museum and Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology

Penn Museum Partners with Lucasfilm, Ltd., Montreal's X3 Productions and the National Geographic Society To Present Indiana JonesTM and the Adventure of Archaeology

Indiana Jones and the Adventure of ArchaeologyMay 2011—The world premiere of Indiana JonesTM and the Adventure of Archaeology - The Exhibition opened at the Montreal Science Centre in Canada Thursday, April 28. While the exclusive collection of Indy props, models, concept art, and set designs are pure Hollywood, there is also a vast selection of artifacts, on display from the Penn Museum in Philadelphia, that help illustrate the science of archaeology.

The official website is www.indianajonestheexhibition.com

Read National Geographic's press release

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Penn Museum and the United Nations

Penn Museum's Alaskan Umiaq is Centerpiece of Exhibition
At the United Nations Headquarters in NYC

Penn Museum's umiaqPHILADELPHIA, PA May 2011—Penn Museum's largest object from Alaska—a 15-foot long Umiaq, or Iñupiaq boat—journeys to the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, where it takes center stage in a new exhibition, The Right to Water and Indigenous Peoples, May 16 through June 30, 2011. The exhibition, which marks the Tenth Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, highlights water's critical relevance to indigenous peoples' cultural vitality as well as their social and economic well being, and includes contributions from indigenous film and photographic artists from all over the world.

Read more on Penn's Year of Water website.

About the Umiaq
The Museum's Umiaq (15'1"L by 4'6"W by 1'7"H, object #29-47-5) is an Iñupiaq wooden frame boat covered with stretched walrus hide coated with seal oil, and dates to the late 19th-early 20th centuries. Sewn or spliced together without benefit of nails, which could rust and sink the boat, Umiaqs are still used by Iñupiaq people for hunting whales or for summer transport. They are easier to repair than aluminum boats and don't make metallic sounds that can frighten away whales.

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PM @ Penn Museum Summer Nights Returns June 22

PM @ Penn Museum PHILADELPHIA, PA 2011--The sounds of summer in West Philadelphia, on Penn's campus, just got sweeter! Penn Museum presents its second annual PM @ Penn Museum summer music series with a diverse line-up of outdoor performances taking place every Wednesday, June 22 through August 24, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, in the Penn Museum's Warden Garden.

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Summer Wonder Family Programs Feature Music, Dancing and More!

capoieraPHILADELPHIA, PA 2011--This year's Summer Wonder series at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology will have children and their families belly dancing, listening to world music and the folk music of yesteryears, exploring ancient Greece, "journeying" to Uganda, discovering science through experiments-and more!

Summer Wonder 2011 programs run Wednesday mornings for eight weeks, June 22 through August 10, from 10:30 to 11:30 am. The programs are free with Museum admission donation. For more information or to pre-register groups of 10 or more (no pre-registration necessary for individuals and families), contact the Education department at (215) 746-6774 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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May and June 2011 Calendar of Events

For the most updated information on programs offered at the Penn Museum, and for on-line pre-registration (optional or required for some programs) visit the Museum's calendar.

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"Anthropologists in the Making" Summer Camp at the Penn Museum

Summer Day Camp for Children Ages 7 to 13
June 20 - August 12, 2011

Anthropologists in the Making campersPHILADELPHIA, PA—This summer, adventurous children ages 7 through 13 can experience a unique day camp that takes them through time and across continents at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology on Penn's campus in Philadelphia.

"Anthropologists in the Making," runs eight theme-oriented one-week sessions from June 20 through August 12, 2011. Details about the popular camp, coordinated by the Penn Museum's Community Engagement department, are online at www.penn.museum/camp. A downloadable registration form is also available.

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"Iraq's Ancient Past" Reopens Following Gallery Renovations April 30

IRAQ'S ANCIENT PAST: REDISCOVERING UR'S ROYAL CEMETERY
Reopens following Gallery Renovations Saturday April 30, at 1:00 pm

Penn Museum's World-renowned Mesopotamian Collection from Ur is the Centerpiece of this Exhibition Exploring Iraq's Ancient Cultural Heritage


Puabi_webPHILADELPHIA, PA Spring 2011—Following major renovations to the third floor west wing galleries—including the addition of central air conditioning, new windows, lighting enhancements and refurbishment to the terrazzo flooring and marble trim-Penn Museum reopens the wing to the public on Saturday, April 30 at 1:00 pm, with a ribbon cutting ceremony and an invitation to visit two timely exhibitions: Battleground: War Rugs from Afghanistan, a traveling exhibition making its United States debut, and Iraq's Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur's Royal Cemetery—a long-term exhibition featuring the Museum's world renowned Mesopotamian collections from Ur, newly reinstalled.

“With America engaged in military operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan, these two exhibitions are especially relevant,” noted Dr. Richard Hodges, the Williams Director of the Penn Museum.  “Battleground provides a look at how one celebrated artistic tradition has been changed by war, while Iraq’s Ancient Past explores an extraordinary ancient culture and heritage now at great risk from modern-day looting.”

Iraq's Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur's Royal Cemetery, an exhibition that features materials discovered at and excavated from the ancient Royal Cemetery at Ur, located in present-day Iraq, originally opened October 25, 2009. The exhibition has been closed during gallery renovations since July 2010.

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Gladiator Day, A PECO World Culture Event

Gladiator bouts take place at Penn Museum on APril 23

SPRING 2011-Penn Museum invites visitors to an afternoon exploring the history of the ancient Roman Empire's spectacular fighter--the gladiator. Gladiator Day features gladiatorial bouts and demonstrations, a gladiator lecture, gladiator-inspired arts and crafts, balloon art creations, a food demonstration, and Italian-inspired cuisine, on Saturday, April 23, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, throughout the galleries of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. A PECO World Culture Day, the Celebration is FREE with Museum admission donation ($10 for adults; $7 for seniors [65+]; $6 for full-time students [with ID] and children [6-17]; free for Museum members, children under 6, and PennCard holders).

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"Theater of War" at the Penn Museum Saturday, April 2

"Theater of War" is Presented for First Time in Philadelphia Saturday, April 2, 1:30 pm

David Strathairn, photo by PaxtonWinterPHILADELPHIA, PA, March 15, 2011—Theater of War Productions, a social impact company that presents readings of ancient Greek plays for military service members and civilians, offers its first Philadelphia performance at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in the Harrison auditorium on Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 1:30 pm. The program, co-sponsored with the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, the Department of Classics at the University of Pennsylvania, and the People's Light & Theatre company, is FREE to all military service members, veterans, and the general public.

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"Battleground: War Rugs from Afghanistan" Makes U.S. Debut Here April 30, 2011

Penn Museum Presents Battleground: War Rugs from Afghanistan
April 30 through July 31, 2011


Afghan War RugPHILADELPHIA, PA Spring 2011—Battleground: War Rugs from Afghanistan, a traveling exhibition organized by the Textile Museum of Canada, makes its United States debut at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia, where it will be on display beginning Saturday, April 30 at 1:00 pm, through July 31, 2011. Dr. Brian Spooner, Curator, Near East Section of the Penn Museum and an anthropologist who specializes in Afghanistan and oriental rugs, offers an opening day introductory lecture, following an official ribbon cutting ceremony for the exhibition, and the reopening of Iraq's Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur's Royal Cemetery, at 1:00 pm.

There have never been rugs like this before.

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Along the Silk Road, a PECO World Culture Day

The Silk Road Dance Co performs Sat., Mar 26PHILADELPHIA--Penn Museum celebrates the final days of its landmark exhibition from China, Secrets of the Silk Road, with an event for all ages: Along the Silk Road on Saturday, March 26th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. This PECO World Culture Day brings Silk Road cultures vividly to life with music and dance performances, a tea tasting and talk, dance and craft workshops, lectures by acclaimed writers and scholars, children's activities, a self-guided Silk Road tour, and a grand finale dance performance. The celebration is free with Museum admission donation ($10 general admission; $7 senior citizens [65+]; $6 students [with ID] and children [6 to 17]; free for children under 6, members, and PennCard holders). Visitors who wish to see Secrets of the Silk Road, open with artifacts from China through March 28 only, can buy advance, special timed tickets which include entry to the Museum and the special event (online: www.penn.museum/silkroad or by phone: (877) 77-CLICK). Visitors may purchase tickets at the Museum that day, while supplies last.

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30th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration, Saturday, February 12, 2011

YEAR OF THE RABBIT
1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
The Rabbit sign symbolizes character traits such as creativity, compassion and sensitivity. Calm and considerate, rabbits prefer to avoid conflict. Rabbits are friendly, outgoing, and prefer the company of others.
- from The Chinese Zodiac

LiondancerPHILADELPHIA--Hop to it and welcome in the Year of the Rabbit! The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology presents the 30th annual Chinese New Year Celebration Saturday, February 12, 2011, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm! This PECO World Culture Day features music and dance performances, healing and martial arts demonstrations, games, workshops, children's activities, and grand opening as well as grand finale lion dance performances. The celebration is free with Museum admission donation ($10 general admission; $7 senior citizens [65+]; $6 students [with ID] and children [6 to 17]; free for children under 6, members, and PennCard holders).

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Silk Road Menu, "Secret" Recipes, at the Pepper Mill Cafe

The Pepper Mill Café at the Penn Museum Unveils Silk Road Menu, "Secret" Recipes
During Run of Secrets of the Silk Road


Along with cultures, religions, silks and other luxury items, food traveled the Silk Road.

The Pepper Mill Café at the Penn Museum invites guests to take a culinary journey along the Silk Road. The Café offers a changing variety of regionally-inspired Silk Road lunch menus, daily afternoon teas-even Happy Hour drinks and bar snacks-to extend the Silk Road experience during the run of the special exhibition, February 5 through June 5, 2011.

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Silk Road Opening Weekend Celebration

Opening Weekend Celebration Features Camels, Oasis Tent, Special Activities for Secrets of the Silk Road, Landmark Exhibition from China at the Penn Museum Saturday and Sunday, February 5 and 6, 2011

Camels comnig to Penn MuseumLook out for camels—and a lot of hoopla at 3260 South Street in Philadelphia—as the Penn Museum kicks off the exclusive East Coast premiere of Secrets of the Silk Road, the landmark exhibition from China!

A host of special sights, sounds, and activities are in store for Penn Museum visitors at the grand opening weekend of Secrets of the Silk Road, Saturday and Sunday, February 5 and 6, from 10:00 am opening to 5:00 pm closing.

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22nd Annual Celebration of African Cultures, Saturday, January 22

African RhythmsWINTER 2010--Penn Museum invites families to an afternoon exploration of the rich cultures of Africa and the African diaspora. The 22nd annual Celebration of African Cultures features music and dance, storytelling, arts and crafts, games, cuisine, and more on Saturday, January 22, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm throughout the galleries of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. A PECO World Culture Day, the Celebration is FREE with Museum admission donation ($10 for adults; $7 for seniors [65+]; $6 for full-time students [with ID] and children [6-17]; free for Museum members, children under 6, and PennCard holders).

A blend of acclaimed local participants include evocative storyteller Momma Sandi, vocalist and storyteller Queen Nur, the Neo-African Drum and Dance group of La Salle College, and the Women's Sekere Ensemble. The University of Pennsylvania dance group African Rhythms offers the grand finale performance.

Playing Mancala at Penn MuseumThroughout the day visitors can learn to play the traditional "board" game mancala, learn about daily life in the Republic of Senegal, create artwork inspired by traditional African art at family crafts tables, and shop for African-inspired items at the Museum's Main Shop and Pyramid shop for children.

 

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January/February Calendar of Special Events at the Penn Museum


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 website: www.penn.museum/calendar.

JANUARY

greatadventures_LOGOWednesday, January 5, 6:00 pm
"Great Adventures along the Silk Road" Lecture Series
From Baghdad to Bukhara and Back
Dr. Renata Holod, Curator, Near East Section, offers this talk, part of the "Great Adventures" series. Medieval Central Asian trade centers brought major changes into the Islamic state. Baghdad, the new capital founded in 762 CE, saw the influx of Central Asian goods, people, and ideas over the next two centuries, while the Central Asian centers, epitomized by Bukhara, developed new combinations of cultural expression and networks of influence. Reception to follow. Admission: $10 at the door; $5 with advance registration; FREE for Penn Museum members with advance registration. Information: (215)898-2680.

 

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15th Annual Peace around the World Holiday Event

 

Egyptpresenters1PHILADELPHIA, November 2010--Grab a "Passport" and experience the spirit of the holiday season on Sunday, December 5th, 1:00 to 4:00 pm, at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology's 15th annual Peace around the World family afternoon. All visitors receive Museum "passports" with itineraries to visit seven countries via seven international speakers and explore holiday traditions from around the world. The day also features a Middle Eastern drumming workshop, Balinese dancing, Chinese lion dancing, storytelling, face painting, balloon art, international family crafts, free treats for children, and more!

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Celebrate Japan! World Culture Day

 

Celebrate Japan at the Penn MuseumPHILADELPHIA 2010--It has been 150 years since the first Japanese delegation toured the U.S. while establishing diplomatic and trade relations between the two countries--and it's time for a celebration! Penn Museum commemorates the anniversary with festivities reflecting various aspects of Japan's culture and heritage on Sunday, November 14, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, during Celebrate Japan!, a PECO World Culture Day afternoon.

This family-friendly event features martial arts demonstrations, Taiko drumming, and a display of the Museum's samurai armor collection. The day also includes presentations on calligraphy and origami, a kimono display and dressing lecture, a talk about the history of the first Japanese delegation, Japanese games, kabuki face painting, and an exhibit of traditional dolls significant in the Japanese festival "Girls' Day."

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¡VIVA MEXICO! Celebration Features Diverse Music, Dance, Customs, and Traditions of Mexico

18PHILADELPHIA 2010--A Mariachi band, pre-Columbian and folkloric dancing, storytelling, a Mexican "mercado" and children's games, the making of public mural art, and Mexican food--it all comes together when the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology presents ¡VIVA MEXICO!, an afternoon celebration for the whole family on Sunday, November 7, 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

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"Green and Sustainable Day" at the Penn Museum November 6

Walk, Jog, Bike, Bike Taxi or Take SEPTA
Penn Museum Offers "Green" Visitors Half-Price Admission
"Green and Sustainable Day" at the Reopening of the South Street Bridge
Saturday, November 6

Bike rider in front of the Penn MuseumPHILADELPHIA, FALL 2010—The City of Philadelphia plans to reopen the South Street Bridge—closed since fall 2008—on Saturday afternoon, November 6. The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, just down the road at 3260 South Street, celebrates with a "green" day for visitors: half-price admission to everyone on both sides of the bridge who visits that day--without benefit of a car! The first 100 "green" guests receive a sleek metal Penn Museum water bottle (refillable for the trip back home).

"You can walk on over, you can jog on over, ride your bike (helmets, please), take a bike taxi, catch a SEPTA bus, subway, trolley or the regional rail-just come to the Penn Museum in a green and sustainable way, and we'll welcome you in at half the price of our regular admission to enjoy our galleries and ‘travel the world'," said Richard Hodges, the Williams Director.

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