Digital Initiatives

Digitized collections and research archives will share with a global audience, for the first time, the Penn Museum’s magnificent objects and original expedition notes, maps, photographs and documents through online databases with powerful search engines and virtual exhibitions. Collaboration with other institutions will make it possible to reunite extraordinary collections on line, such as the renowned treasures from the 4,500-year-old Royal Tombs of Ur in Southern Iraq, physically housed among the Iraq National Museum, the Penn Museum, and the British Museum.


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 that will make it possible to launch digital images of a large portion of the Collection online by 2012, a new Penn Museum website, and several archival databases making the Museum’s excavations at Gordion, Turkey, and Hasanlu, Iran, online.

Penn Museum seeks funding to create a Maya Digital Archive, preserving and sharing the records from its historic excavations at Tikal and Quiriga in Guatemala and Copan in Honduras, and to continue to digitize the objects in its extraordinary, one-million-piece Collection until they are all available online.

Through Destination 2012, friends and family members can support the Museum’s digital initiatives with a gift of any size to the Director’s Digital Initiatives Fund, and may choose to:

  • Provide funding to create a Maya Digital Archive.
  • Provide annual support over a single or multi-year period, designated by the Director to support a digital project as needed.
  • Make an outright or planned gift to an endowment fund to provide support for Penn Museum Digital Initiatives in perpetuity.

For more information on making a term funding or endowment gift to support Digital Initiatives at the Penn Museum, please contact Amanda Mitchell-Boyask or Therese Marmion.

Amanda Mitchell-Boyask, Director of Development
(215) 898-4031 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Therese Marmion, Major Gifts Officer
(215) 898-3165 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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