University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Opening Festival: Middle East Galleries - Day Two

Sunday 22 April 2018
11:00AM - 3:30PM
Penn Museum

Child making cuneiforn

Join the Penn Museum for Opening Festival - a once-in-a-generation celebration of our new Middle East Galleries! This two-day festival features live performances, markets and arts events celebrating the range and diversity of Middle Eastern tradition and innovation!

Free with General Admission.

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Schedule for the Day

11:00am-2:00pm Lore and Legacy Explore the Museum's early excavations in Mesopotamia with "Unearthed in the Archives: Middle East Edition." (Archives)
11:30am Youth Adventures: Storytime Hear tales from the Middle East during a special Children's Storytime. (Pepper Hall)
11:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm Exchange with an Expert Talk with a curator, graduate student, researcher, or designer who helped to shape the new Galleries-drop in and ask questions during our Exchange with an Expert sessions. (Pepper Hall)
11:45am Middle East Beats Learn to play the doumbek! Try your drumming skills in the Middle Eastern Drum Workshop. (Egypt (Mummies) Gallery)
1:15pm & 2:45pm Scribe Vibes: Cylinder Seal Edition Make your own cylinder seal and roll out a clay imprint to take home in the Cylinder Seal Workshop. (Egypt (Sphinx) Gallery)
1:30pm Live Performance Listen to a concert by The TAFSUS Choir.
1:30pm & 3:00pm Epic of Gilgamesh: Live Performance See scenes from the epic of Gilgamesh enacted with puppets. (Widener Lecture Hall)
1:45pm & 3:30pm Scribe Vibes: Arabic Calligraphy Edition Learn to write calligraphy in an Arabic Calligraphy Workshop. (Egypt (Sphinx) Gallery)
2:00pm Iraqi Football Watch the Iraqi team formed for Philadelphia's Unity Cup tournament show their skills in a Soccer Demonstration. (location tbd)
2:30pm Opening Lectures Hear curators of the Middle East Galleries provide an in-depth exploration of objects and themes explored in the Galleries in this Lecture. (Rainey Auditorium)
3:30pm Live Performance Enjoy an afternoon of classical and contemporary Arab music from featuring Al-Bustan Ensemble and Guests.

Ongoing: Activities in the China Gallery

Saturday and Sunday, 11:00am-3:30pm

Youth Adventures: Middle East Arts Enjoy Art Activities-learn to make a hamsa craft, camel caravan puppets, and royal jewelry.
Urban Crafting! Engineering Edition Try building your own city structures! Try out different materials-like marshmallows and spaghetti-and see how they hold up in this Engineering Activity. (Part of the Philadelphia Science Festival for Explorer Sunday)
Zoo on Wheels See animals from the Middle East with the Zoo on Wheels! (With the Philadelphia Zoo)
Middle East Bazaar Sample tea and food from the region in a special opening weekend marketplace.
Spice Exploration Smell, touch, and learn about the spices of the Middle East at a Spice Cart.
Urban Crafting! Lego Edition Try out your own city planning skills by Building a Lego City.
Mix and Match Explore the biodiversity of the Middle East with a Map Matching Game.
Digital Journeys A special virtual reality experience in the Nevil Classroom: explore the landscape of the Middle East and see some Penn excavation sites through Google Cardboard.
Insta-Hunt Travel the Middle East Galleries, hunting for clues in an Instagram Scavenger Hunt. Collect all the sites to win a prize!


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