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Crating and Packing

By: Stephen Lang

After spending some time in Osaka seeing the sites, ( bunraku, fugu, kobe beef, Ceramics Museum, shopping) I headed to the city of Nara ready to get down to work.  I arrived at the museum with the intention of condition reporting  our statue and its base and then overseeing the crating of each.  If time […]


Minpaku!

By: Stephen Lang

I visited the National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka (MINPAKU).  It was incredible. see: http://www.minpaku.ac.jp/english/museum/exhibition/ They had a design award in their lobby prominently displayed and I found out why.   The museum galleries are just packed with objects of every kind and sort. The majority of the material seemed to be from the 18th century […]


Power Down Garden Party

By: Bea Jarocha-Ernst

The Museum’s Development Office is happy to have a Penn student, Jessica Bell, as our intern this summer.  We hope to show her the full gamut of what development does and one of those things is special events.  Her first project on her first day was to label and help stuff all of those buckets […]


Planes, trains, and buses.

By: Stephen Lang

Well I made it to Japan in one piece.  The journey was not very pleasant, even though I did get to fly business class.  This sometimes happens when the borrowing institution wants you to be able to get some sleep on the plane, particularly when there isn’t much time to get over jet lag.  I […]


Courier Trips

By: Stephen Lang

Courier Trips. If you peruse the admin meeting minutes you may notice that every so often a registrar or keeper is away on a courier trip. What are these trips and what do they entail? The answer varies widely depending on the section and the final destination. Courier trips occur when we loan an institution […]


Electronic Artifacts Dug Up at the Museum

By: Michael Condiff

It’s only fitting that the technology used to do museum research and administer collections eventually becomes an artifact itself.  In the I.T. department we are reminded of this on a daily basis as our office constantly takes in broken and antiquated computers and either fixes or replaces them for museum staff.  We will occasionally see […]


EMu migration

By: Scott Williams

The Penn Museum has a long history of using technology to help manage our collection. We started our journey toward computerization in 1978, when the museum used a DEC-10 system which could only store the most basic object information (only six fields!).  Now, our current content management system, Argus, has hundreds of fields and nearly […]


Reports from the Field

By: Stephen Lang

Well, I’m back after a nice little trip to the west coast.  I will be providing some links to topics of interest I found enlightening while at AAM.  Hopefully this will shed some light on the current state of museums as well as some perspective on what keepers deal with on a daily, monthly, and […]


The exodus

By: Lynn Grant

In her introduction to the Museum Blog, Amy Ellsworth says, “Now you can follow us through the fourth wall, into our laboratories, storage areas, and offices to see how the Museum works.”  Well, this view isn’t always pretty.  Take the last week…. Late last Friday, a whole lot of the staff got emails saying that […]


The sites

By: Stephen Lang

A bit of a photo dump from the trip so far.


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