Great Voyages: Travels, Triumphs, and Tragedies—A New Lecture Series

ShipPhiladelphia, PA 2013—The Penn Museum invites guests to take an armchair journey across exotic lands and seas with "Great Voyages: Travels, Triumphs, and Tragedies," a new monthly lecture series offered at 6:00 pm the first Wednesday evening of every month, October 2013 through June 2014. Renowned scholars, including Oceanographer Robert Ballard, Penn Classical Studies Associate Professor Peter Struck, and Penn Museum Curator Clark Erickson, share tales of epic journeys drawn from thousands of years of human history. Lecturers explore voyages as varied as those of the legendary Gilgamesh, the tragic sinking of the Titanic, and Magellan's circumnavigation of the Earth.

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HIJINKS WITH THE SPHINX: 100 Years with the Largest Ancient Egyptian Sphinx in the Western Hemisphere

HIJINKS WITH THE SPHINX
The Penn Museum in Philadelphia Celebrates 100 Years with the Largest Ancient Egyptian Sphinx
in the Western Hemisphere

01 Egypt Sphinx GalleryPHILADELPHIA, PA 2013—It came by boat, arriving in Philadelphia in October 1913—an ancient Egyptian Sphinx from Memphis, Egypt, excavated by renowned archaeologist Sir Flinders Petrie and presented to the Penn Museum on the University of Pennsylvania campus. Extraordinary by any measure, the Sphinx was carved from one massive piece of red granite, bearing the names of the great Pharaoh Ramesses II, and his son and successor, the Pharaoh Merenptah, both of whom reigned during Egypt’s 19th Dynasty (1292–1190 BCE).

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Penn Museum Presents Family Friendly Events

From Gallery Romps (for ages 3 to 6 and their parents or chaperones), to Second Sunday Family Workshops (drop-ins welcome, suitable for ages 5 and older), from 40 Winks with the Sphinx Sleepovers (ages 6 to 12 and their chaperones), to World Culture Days and Afternoons (fun for all ages), Penn Museum offers families age-appropriate programs to inspire, educate and enjoy.

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British Museum and Penn Museum Collaborate on Web Resource

BRITISH MUSEUM AND THE PENN MUSEUM JOIN FORCES TO CREATE
NEW WEB RESOURCE OF FAMOUS 1922–34 EXCAVATIONS AT UR IN IRAQ
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$1.28 Million Grant From the Leon Levy Foundation Fosters this New Collaboration Around the Ancient Site

Puabi's Headdress and Jewels. Penn Museum.JULY 2013—The British Museum and the Penn Museum are embarking on a dynamic digital collaboration, made possible with $1.28 million in lead support from the Leon Levy Foundation that will provide unprecedented access to the archaeology of the ancient kingdom of Ur. This new online resource will open the remarkably successful Mesopotamian excavations conducted by Sir Leonard Woolley on behalf of both museums from 1922–1934—excavations which brought to light some of archaeology’s most extraordinary and famous finds—to scholars and the public alike.

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YEAR OF SOUND: Hollywood in the Amazon at Penn Museum

Hollywood in the Amazon
A New Exhibition for the University of Pennsylvania's Year of Sound,
Opens at the Penn Museum August 18, 2013

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Penn Museum Special Exhibition Schedule: Fall 2013

NEW AND CHANGING SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS

Year of Sound: Hollywood in the Amazon
August 18, 2013 through July 27, 2014

Hollywood

In 1931, an expedition from the Penn Museum introduced a revolutionary new research method in the remote Amazonian jungles of Brazil. Transporting state-of-the-art equipment by sea, air, and river, the team arrived in territory occupied by the Bororo people and recorded an expeditionary film, Matto Grosso, the Great Brazilian Wilderness, incorporating live sound. It was the first time non-Western people were seen and heard on sound-synced film.

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WEDDINGS, SIMPLE and SWEET for Just $500

The Penn Museum Offers An Affordable Wedding Alternative

PMWeddingcoupleSphinxPHILADELPHIA, PA 2013—Last year, according to CNNMoney, the average cost of a wedding was $28,400. It's enough to make some pause before saying "yes" to that romantic proposal.

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Penn Museum September/October 2013 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 website: www.penn.museum/calendar. To access hi-res images for press, click here.

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Bone Tumor in 120,000-Year-Old Neandertal Discovered

Bone Tumor Identified in 120,000-Year-Old Rib of Neandertal
From Famous Cave Excavation Site of Krapina in Central Europe

BoneTumorwebPHILADELPHIA, PA, June 2013—The first-known definitive case of a benign bone tumor has been discovered in the rib of a young Neandertal who lived about 120,000 years ago in what is now present-day Croatia. The bone fragment, which comes from the famous archaeological cave site of Krapina, contains by far the earliest bone tumor ever identified in the archaeological record. Details of the tumor confirmation, announced by an international research team led by Penn Museum Associate Curator and Paleoanthropologist Janet Monge, is available in a research paper, "Fibrous dysplasia in a 120,000+ year old Neandertal from Krapina, Croatia," in the online scientific journal PLOS ONE.

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New Evidence on Origins of Winemaking in France

New BIOMOLECULAR aRCHAEOLOGICAL Evidence
Points to the Beginnings of Viniculture in France
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9,000 Year Old Ancient Near Eastern “Wine Culture,” Traveling Land and Sea,
Reaches Southern Coastal France, Via Ancient Etruscans of Italy, in 6th-­5th Century BCE

winepressPHILADELPHIA, PA June 3, 2013—France is renowned the world over as a leader in the crafts of viticulture and winemaking—but the beginnings of French viniculture have been largely unknown, until now.

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"Summer Wonder" Series Brings Weekly, Family-Friendly Performances to the Penn Museum

The Penn Museum in Philadelphia Presents Summer Wonder Series,
Family-Friendly Programs Featuring Music, Dance, Storytelling, and More
Wednesday Mornings, 11:00 am–12:00 pm, July 3 through August 21

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Penn Museum June/July/August 2013 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 website: www.penn.museum/calendar.

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"Black Bodies in Propaganda" Opens June 2

Black Bodies in Propaganda: The Art of the War Poster
Opens at the Penn Museum June 2, 2013
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PBS History Detective Host Tukufu Zuberi Curates Unique Collection
of Propaganda Posters

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P.M. @ Penn Museum Summer Nights Concerts Return June 19

An Outdoor Concert Series Showcasing Global Music
Wednesday Evenings at the Penn Museum

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Rome's Birthday

A Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts Event
Sunday, April 21, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm

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Philadelphia READS! Community Night at Penn Museum April 10

Philadelphia READS! Community Night Wednesday, April 10 at the Penn Museum
Kicks off a Month-Long Children's Book Drive

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Time to Shine: Penn Museum Raises $49+ Million

Time to Shine: Penn Museum Raises More than $49 Million
During University's Making History Campaign

 

March 1, 2013—Last night, University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann announced the conclusion of the truly historic, multi-year Making History Campaign, which raised an extraordinary $4.3 billion.

Penn Museum has raised more than $49 million, thanks to the generosity and commitment of literally thousands of donors who came forth and contributed during the Campaign.

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LONG LIVE OUR TREASURES

The Science of Conservation and Preservation Takes Center Stage
at a Philadelphia Science Festival Signature Event
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Seventeen Partnering Organizations Join to Offer a Behind-the-Scenes Perspective
at the Penn Museum Wednesday, April 24, 5:00 to 8:00 pm

 

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