University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Ancient Egypt Open House

Saturday 10 December 2016
11:00AM - 4:00PM
Penn Museum

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Penn Museum is in the spotlight with an all-new, open access online course presented by the University of Pennsylvania on the Coursera platform: Introduction to Ancient Egypt and Its Civilization! More than 20,000 people around the world have signed up for the first class. Dr. David Silverman, the Eckley Brinton Coxe, Jr. Professor of Egyptology, University of Pennsylvania, and Curator-in-Charge of the Egyptian Section at the Penn Museum, is teaching the course, which launched October 31 and will continue to be available on Coursera.

This Open House is for all Introduction to Ancient Egypt and Its Civilization students within commuting distance—those who have taken the course, and those who may sign up. Meet course professor David Silverman at the Museum. Activities include a short talk by David Silverman, Egyptian gallery tours, a workshop about mummification, a hieroglyph workshop, book signings—and Egyptian-inspired lunch offerings in the Pepper Mill Café. Special activities for Penn Museum members (guests can join the Museum at the Open House, too). Enjoy a celebration of all things ancient Egyptian, as you move from the “virtual” to the REAL.

Schedule for the Open House:


11:00 am to 3:00 pm Cartifacts: Explore ancient Egypt through touchable reproductions, and explore other cultures as well, at cartifact stations in the galleries.
11:00 am Highlights Tour of the Egyptian Galleries
11:30 am (Members Only) Open Window at the Artifact Lab: Conserving Egyptian Mummies with Molly Gleeson, Schwartz Project Conservator
12:00 pm Workshop: Learn to Write Egyptian Hieroglyphs
12:30 pm Open Window at the Artifact Lab: Conserving Egyptian Mummies
1:00 pm Ancient Egypt: Lecture with Dr. David P. Silverman
2:30 pm Mummy Makers Workshop: Learn the ins and outs of mummification
2:00 pm (Members Only)
Preregistration is full
Meet and Greet with Dr. David P. Silverman
2:00 pm Highlights Tour of the Egyptian Galleries
3:00 pm Read on! Book signing with the Egyptian Section curators: David P. Silverman, Curator-in-Charge; Dr. Jennifer Wegner, Associate Curator; Dr. Josef Wegner, Associate Curator.

Books include:
The Sphinx that Traveled to Philadelphia, Josef Wegner and Jennifer Houser Wegner
Akhenaten and Tutankhamun, David Silverman, Josef Wegner, Jennifer Houser Wegner
Ancient Egypt, David Silverman

3:30 pm Related Lecture, additional fee:
Middle Kingdom Clappers, Dancers, Birth Magic, and the Reinvention of Ritual
Dr. Ellen Morris, Assistant Professor of Ancient Studies at Barnard College, presents this American Research Center in Egypt – Pennsylvania Chapter talk.

In the Pepper Mill Café: Come hungry! Egyptian-inspired lunch menu!
Seared Seabass, Saffron Butter Sauce
Eggplant & Tomato Moussaka
Basmati Rice, Golden Raisins & Walnuts
Coriander Spiced Winter Vegetables

In the Museum Shop: Explore a wide variety of Egyptian crafts, books, games, and more.

Online Learning: Find out more about the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts & Sciences’ online programs at an information table throughout the afternoon.

Free with General Admission. Registration encouraged.

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