2017-2018 Annual Report

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The Penn Museum transforms understanding of the human experience. 2017–2018 marked a time of momentous change alongside the continued excellence in exhibitions, research, and programming that are our hallmarks. This Annual Report gives a snapshot of the year across the Museum—we hope you enjoy exploring it.

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Executive Message

In 2017–2018, we set out to make the Museum fully accessible in every sense of the word. Read more from Williams Director Julian Siggers and Board Chair Mike Kowalski.

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By The Numbers

  • 63 The Museum supported 63 fieldwork and research projects by Penn Museum curators, teaching specialists, research project managers, and consulting scholars, as well as Penn students, in 22 countries.

  • 5,128 5,128 Penn students visited the Museum for class or research, and 3,018 objects were brought out from storage for them to study up close.

  • 8,214 8,214 schoolchildren, including 789 students with special needs, participated in the Museum’s free educational programs.

  • 1,000,000 The Museum’s digital outreach engaged with more people than ever before, with more than 1 million YouTube views and 9 million minutes of YouTube videos watched.

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Our Building Transformation

In November 2017, the Penn Museum’s transformation began.

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Middle East Galleries

The Museum’s first new signature galleries of the 21st century opened in April 2018.

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