Roll up your sleeves and feel your way through ancient history! The best way to learn about the past is by touching it - handle ancient tablets from the collection of Penn Museum and then make your own or even learn the ancient art of Japanese woodblock print making. There is always something new to discover at the Penn Museum. Contact Group Sales Handling Ancient Cuneiform Tablets The Sumerians of ancient Mesopotamia created perhaps the earliest written collection of stories in the world - or rather their children did. Archaeologists have dug up the exercise tablets on Sumerian children practiced learning signs and copying myths and legends by the thousands. By handling both ancient tablets from the collection of Penn Museum and modern clay and styluses, your group will follow the path of the ancient scribes as they learned the mysteries of the cuneiform writing system. Length: 1 hour per session Capacity: 30 people per session Booking: Please allow at least three weeks lead time when booking this workshop Pricing: Please contact group sales for pricing information “Making” Workshops The Penn Museum is serving up a series of workshops for people who like to learn by doing. In the “Making” workshops your group will step into the past by studying ancient objects from the Museum’s international collections while crafting and/or using modern replicas of your own. Penn faculty experts and local artisans lead these engaging sessions and answer your questions. Make anything from spears and ancient weaponry, to Japanese woodblock print making, or even Maya hot chocolate! Length: 1 hour per session Capacity: 40 people per session Booking: Please allow at least three weeks lead time when booking a “Making Workshop” Pricing: Please contact group sales for pricing information The Archaeologist Within You It may be difficult for the average person to relate to the work of archaeologists. However, we all do this archeological work instinctively whenever we come across an unfamiliar object in our daily lives – a strange piece of litter on the street, an obscure knick knack at a friend’s house, an unknown tool at the hardware store. Participants in this activity with work as a group to take on the role of archaeologists and try to make sense of various mystery modern-day objects. Groups will discuss their process of discovery and how it relates to their current professional roles and responsibilities. Participants can expect to take away a deeper understanding of the archaeological process, an awareness of their own learning process, and an appreciation for the various ways that leadership skills are used in everyday tasks. Length: 1 hour per session Capacity: 30 people per session Booking: Please allow at least three weeks lead time when booking this workshop Pricing: Please contact group sales for pricing information
Take your group experience to the next level! Dig deeper into the history behind the Penn Museum’s world famous excavations, talk to our Conservation team about how they preserve objects in preparation for new exhibitions, and gain an insider’s view of artifacts from the vaults of storage not regularly on display for the general public. Contact Group Sales Visit the Penn Museum Archives Explore the Penn Museum's historic Archives, housed in the charming nineteenth century former library of the museum! The records within this intriguing space tell the story of where and how we obtained the objects in the Penn Museum, right from the words of working archaeologists! Take a trip through these rich stories with Museum Senior Archivist Alex Pezzati as you investigate the many unusual tales from this vast collection. Tour topics include... Research Around the World Since its founding in 1887, the Penn Museum has sent out more than 300 field expeditions, to places such as Ur, Iraq; Memphis, Egypt; and Tikal, Guatemala. Go behind the scenes with Penn Museum archaeologists during their excavations in Egypt, Mesoamerica, or Iraq. Hear stories and anecdotes from the Museum’s past, illustrated with vintage photographs, drawings, maps, letters, and more. Penn Museum Greatest Hits The archives houses magnificent works of archaeological art and pioneering photography from around the world, as well as maps, documents, and correspondence from famous individuals See some of the finest visual materials and interesting documents from the collection, and hear the stories behind them. Photography in Archaeology and Anthropology The histories of archaeology and photography are intertwined, and photographic documentation is essential in both archaeology and anthropology. The archives houses more than half a million images, in all formats. See rare photographic prints of pioneering photographs of people and places from around the world, 1860s through 1920s, including images by Edward S. Curtis, William Henry Jackson, Bonfils, and more. Archaeological Illustrations The work of artists and illustrators is essential in archaeology. Over the years, the Penn Museum has employed a number of extremely talented artists. Before the development of color photography in the mid-1930s, these artists made all color illustrations by hand. The archives also houses archaeological caricatures and cartoons. See masterworks of archaeological art and hear the stories of the people who made them. Due to museum construction, the Archives will not be wheelchair accessible from April 23, 2018 – November 17, 2018. Length: 1 hour per session Capacity: 20 people per session Booking: Please allow at least three weeks lead time when arranging for a trip to the Archives Pricing: Please contact group sales for pricing information Up Close with the Artifacts The Collections Study Room serves as a laboratory where college students can examine and discuss Museum artifacts from our storerooms firsthand. Professors are encouraged to lead their students to observe, interpret, synthesize, analyze and organize our material culture in this space. The room can accommodate groups of up to 20 students and includes 5 state-of-the-art storage cabinets, a photography station, and an interactive SMART Board, along with Academic Engagement staff to help you facilitate your experience. Explore the Digital Penn Museum here! Length: 1 hour per session Capacity: 20 people per session Booking: Please allow at least three weeks lead time when booking a visit to the Collections Study Room Pricing: Please contact group sales for pricing information Q&A with a Conservator in The Artifact Lab Part exhibition, and part working laboratory, a glass-enclosed conservation lab brings you right into a museum conservator’s world. See the tools of the trade and watch as conservators work on a wide array of artifacts being prepared for exhibit in the Museum’s signature galleries. Enjoy this unique opportunity to talk with and follow conservators as they protect, restore, and preserve pieces of human history in this 2,000 square foot exhibition. Length: Open window hours are weekdays, 11:00 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 2:00 pm, and weekends, 12:00 - 12:30 pm and 3:00 - 3:30 pm. Capacity: 30 people per session Booking: The Artifact Lab is open to the public but please contact Group Sales to if you are interested in visiting this exhibit Pricing: Complimentary with museum admission
Watch actor and comedian, CJ Jones, as he takes you on a tour of the highlights of the Penn Museum in American Sign Language. Introduction to the Highlights Tour of the Penn Museum Welcome to the Penn Museum! CJ Jones is going to take you on a tour of the highlights of the galleries tour in American Sign Language. In this introduction, CJ explains exactly what archaeology and anthropology is before opening the door to explore the galleries. The Sphinx Sphinx, Memphis (Palace of Merenptah), Dynasty 19, Reigns of Ramses II-Merenptah (1279-1204 BCE), Red Granite. Penn Museum Object E12326. Colossal Head of Ramses II Head of a Colossal Statue of Ramses II, Abydos, Dynasty 19, Reign of Ramses II (1290-1224 BCE), Limestone (restored), Penn Museum Object 69-29-1. Depicted here is the bust one of a series of colossal figures that originally decorated the front of a row of rectangular pillars in the courtyard of a small temple at Abydos. The king is depicted mummiform in the style of the god Osiris. The king holds the symbols of kingship, the crook and flail, in his now missing hands. Since the figure was intended to tower over any human below, the eyes look down. Much of the original color remains. Door Socket This door socket is from Hierakonpolis in southern Egypt, an important place because its rulers became some of the first pharaohs around 3000 BCE. This door socket would have been part of a long row of bound enemies who formed a door threshold. Mummies This popular Museum exhibition features human and animal mummies, tomb artifacts, and objects and materials used in the mummification process. It offers an in-depth look at the ancient Egyptian beliefs in the afterlife, and the complex funerary practices they developed over thousands of years. The exhibition also looks at what modern-day scientists, through x-ray, autopsy and other techniques, have learned about ancient Egyptian culture. Mummy of a Child This is an example of a mummy of a young boy from the Roman period in Egypt about 2,000 years ago. We are uncertain how he died. A current project here at the Penn Museum involves the CAT-scanning of all of our mummies at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in order to retrieve information without having to unwrap the body. China The Chinese Rotunda is the majestic setting of the Museum's Chinese collection. Ninety feet in diameter and soaring ninety feet high, the rotunda is one of the largest unsupported masonry domes in the United States, housing one of the finest collections of monumental Chinese art in the country. The Tang Horses Emperor Taizong's Horses, China, Zhaoling, Shaanxi province, Tang Period (circa 636-649 AD), Stone, H. 169, Penn Museum Object C395. The Shingon Altar The Shingon altar is composed of pieces from a larger Japanese Temple put together by Maxwell Sommerville in 1899. Iraq's Ancient Past In 1922—the same year that Howard Carter shocked the world with his discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb in Egypt—a little-known British archaeologist, Charles Leonard Woolley, began excavations near the town of Nasiriyah at the site of Ur—one of ancient Mesopotamia's most important cities. His most remarkable discovery was a massive cemetery with thousands of burials, including a small number of rich tombs belonging to the kings and queens of Ur from around 2500 BCE. The Royal Cemetery of Ur and its spectacular finds still fascinate and challenge us today. In this exhibition, you will encounter one of the top ten archaeological discoveries of all time and explore early Mesopotamia through the lens of research carried out in the decades following Woolley's incredible discovery. The Bull-headed Lyre Lyre with Bearded Bull's Head and Inlaid Panel, Royal Cemetery, Ur, Iraq, Early Dynastic III, 2550-2450 BCE, Wood, lapis lazuli, gold, silver, shell, bitumen, H. 35.6 cm. Penn Museum Object B17694. Ram Caught in a Thicket from Ur This goat standing upright against a flowering plant and its counterpart in the British Museum are two of the most famous objects from the Royal Cemetery of Ur. They have frequently been referred to as the Ram Caught in a Thicket because the biblical image (Gen. 22:13) so aptly fits the sculptures. Ram Caught in a Thicket, Gold, silver, lapis lazuli, copper, shell, red limestone, and bitumen, H. 42.6 cm. Penn Museum Object 30-12-702. Canaan and Israel The Penn Museum holds nearly 25,000 artifacts from excavations in the Levant, a geographical area that encompasses modern Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, Jordan and Lebanon, as well as adjacent parts of Syria. Penn Museum's holdings represent the largest collection of artifacts from the region in the United States and the Western Hemisphere. Sarcophagus from Canaan (ca. 1250-1150 BCE) At Beth Shean, fragments of fifty clay sarcophagi were found in reused Early Bronze Age tombs. These sarcophagi date from the last phase of the Egyptian empire in Canaan (ca. 1250-1150 BCE). The lids of these sarcophagi depict faces and upper torsos. Rome The Romans traced their mythical beginnings to the Trojan War and to Romulus, who supposedly founded the city of Rome in 753 BCE. It was the genius of the Romans to transform Greek ideals and the ways of their Etruscan forerunners into their own civilized and highly organized way of life. During the 4th and 3rd centuries BCE they absorbed many parts of Italy, including the Etruscan homeland. In the 3rd and 2nd century BCE they captured the Carthaginian controlled areas of North Africa, Sardinia, western Sicily and Spain, the Greek colonies of southern Italy and Sicily, the Greek homeland and the Hellenistic kingdoms. Under the reign of Trajan (98-117 CE), the Roman Empire reached its greatest extent. Roman norms embraced the empire, incorporating peoples of various races, language groups, and cultural backgrounds. The Puteoli Marble Block Dominating the new Roman World gallery is an internationally famous military relief, once part of a commemorative arch for the emperor Trajan, erected in 102 CE at ancient Puteoli near Naples. This monumental sculpture is also a prime example of Roman politics combined with Roman practicality -- the opposite side of the marble block contains an earlier inscription honoring the emperor Domitian. Visitors can see how the inscription was painstakingly, but incompletely, chiseled off after Domitian's assassination and official disgrace by the Roman Senate in 96 CE. Model of a Roman House The centerpiece of the Rome Gallery is a 4 ft. x 2 ft. model of a Roman house of the type excavated at Pompeii and Herculaneum. Visitors can learn about Vitruvius, a famous Roman architect, and his variations in housing design. Etruscan Italy The Etruscans dominated the central part of the Italic peninsula during the late 8th through the 6th centuries BCE. Their economy depended largely on trade, and their commercial contacts favored the Greek colonies in Southern Italy and Sicily. They imported Greek pottery in great quantity, and, in fact, much of the Greek pottery preserved to us from antiquity was found in Etruscan tombs. Etruscans were influential in transforming Rome into an urban center in the 6th century BCE and Roman tradition identifies a family of Etruscans, the Tarquins, as the last dynastic rulers of Rome. Although their civilization was eventually eclipsed by Roman rule, their legacy lived on in Roman customs and culture. Greece The Greeks were the pre-eminent merchants of the Mediterranean world. Even in the Bronze Age their commercial contacts reached to Egypt and the Near East. During the height of Greek civilization their city-states dominated the economy of the entire Mediterranean region. The Greeks were also energetic colonizers. From as early as the 8th century BCE Greek emigrants founded new settlements in Italy, North Africa, southern France, Asia Minor, and the Black Sea region. Alexander the Great (d. 323 BCE) conquered the east as far as India. His successors brought about an unparalleled expansion of Greek civilization in which Greek language and culture became the koine, the most common and acceptable way of life. Attic Black Amphora One of the most important objects in the gallery is the large amphora of c. 540-530 BCE decorated with scenes from the Trojan War. Found in a tomb in Orvieto, Italy, it was painted by the well-known Athenian artist Exekias. Grave Stela The design of this Greek grave relief is common for the Classical period of the 5th and 4th centuries BCE. Find out who the people are carved on this grave marker. Stela 14 Stela 14, Piedras Negras, Central Lowlands, Guatemala; Classic Maya, 758 CE, (Limestone; Loan from the Government of Guatemala). Closing Credits We hope you enjoyed the tour. Please come and visit us in person in Philadelphia! This ASL video tour was made in loving memory of Jason Stefaniuk.
Unlock the wonder of the human story and bring to life some of the world’s greatest evidence and mysteries of human history through a one-hour guided tour of the Penn Museum! Guided tours can accommodate up to 30 people per tour guide and are currently available in English, Mandarin, Japanese, Spanish, French, Italian, Hebrew, and Arabic (subject to guide availability). Book Your Tour Choose from a variety of tour guide options that best suits your group’s interests! Museum Docent– Led by highly trained museum volunteer tour guide Graduate Student – Led by Penn Ph. D. candidate or Graduate Student at Penn who lends a unique perspective which speaks to their work actively working out in the archaeological field. Global Guide - Led by people from Syria or Iraq who share historical information about the artifacts on display, the guides combine personal experiences and stories to interpret objects from their countries of origin. Available for the Middle East Galleries only. Penn Ph.D. or Curator - Led by archaeologists, Museum Curators, and other Penn Ph. D.s. These experts are world renowned archaeologists and anthropologists who possess the highest level of knowledge and expertise. Group Rates Available Guided Tours Museum Highlights: Archaeology Around the Museum Galleries May Include (subject to availability): Middle East Galleries, China Gallery, Egypt (Mummies) Gallery, Rome Gallery. What do objects tell us about the history, culture, and technology of the societies that produced them? This tour explains how archaeologists know what they know about the past. Experience the mystery of the ancient past, gain an understanding of our shared humanity, and find your own place in the arc of human history. Middle East Galleries Tour Galleries Included: Middle East Galleries The 4,500-year-old crowning jewelry of a Mesopotamian queen. One of the world’s oldest wine vessels. A baby’s rattle. A school child’s first writing tablet. A workman’s tool. Through these fascinating objects and over 1,200 more, the Penn Museum’s new Middle East Galleries will take you on a journey, exploring how ancient Mesopotamian societies gave rise to the world’s first cities—cities not so very different, in many ways, from our own. Egypt Gallery Tour Galleries Included: Egypt (Mummies) Gallery Get up close and personal with the seated statue of Ramesses II from the temple of Harsaphes and discover the untold story behind why this disproportionately small head sits atop such a large base! These magnificent works of art are a testament to the superb craftsmanship of artists and sculptors throughout Ancient Egypt’s long history. Uncover how ancient Egyptians used mummification to preserve their legacies and achieve an eternal goal, explore the mythological origins of mummification, and examine both human and animal mummies that are thousands of years old! Please note this tour involves viewing ancient human remains. Please note: Our Egypt (Sphinx) Gallery is currently offline for conservation and renovation. This tour will not include the Egypt (Sphinx) Gallery. Queens, Warriors, and Archaeologists: Women in the Penn Museum Galleries May Include (subject to availability): Egypt (Mummies) Gallery, Greece Gallery, Rome Gallery, Native America Voices Gallery, Middle East Galleries. Women are often invisible in our accounts of the past, overshadowed by more famous men. This tour explores ways to find women through archaeology and anthropology. We trace stories of famous and not-so-famous women in the Penn Museum, as well as the tales of adventurous female archaeologists who have excavated ancient sites and translated undeciphered scripts. We uncover the different ways that societies think of womanhood and gender, exploring how women carve out room for themselves across time and space. Ancient Alcohol: A Taste of Bygone Booze Galleries May Include (subject to availability): Middle East Galleries, China Gallery, Egypt (Mummies) Gallery, Rome Gallery, Greece Gallery. Let us be your designated driver as you explore how our ancestors partied like it was 5000 BCE! On this guided tour of the Penn Museum, check out early drinking vessels that reveal secrets of ancient Greek drinking games and the beverage served at a feast hosted by King Midas. Get up close to examine one of the world’s oldest wine jars, a queen’s golden beer straw, and ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs that depict alcohol rations for the afterlife. Plunge into the studies of a Penn Museum biomolecular archaeologist who collected samples of fermented beverages from ancient vessels and has brought some of these potent “time capsules” back to life using chemical analysis. After you quench your thirst for knowledge of bygone brews on your tour, sit down in the Pepper Mill Café with your own taste-test of Midas Touch, the most awarded of the Dogfish Head brews, created in part by the biomolecular archaeologist. Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq – Available through November 25, 2018! Galleries Included: Cultures in the Crossfire Gallery. This new exhibition, created in conjunction with the Penn Cultural Heritage Center, sheds light on the ongoing destruction of cultural heritage in the Middle East by showing what’s at stake—the rich history of the region and the diversity of its people—and what’s being done to prevent the loss of this history and cultural identity. Fascinating ancient art and artifacts from the Penn Museum’s extensive Near East collection tells the stories of the cultures of Syria and Iraq through time. The Secret Life of Pets in the Ancient World Galleries Included: Egypt (Mummies) Gallery, China Gallery, Greece Gallery. We call them our best friends, but just how long have we had these furry companions? Take a look closer at some of the archaeological evidence for our four-legged friends! This tour focuses on the relationship of humans and their domestic animals in ancient cultures by examining an Egyptian cat mummy, a Chinese horse sculpture, Athenian canine vase imagery, and much more! In many ways, the discipline of archaeology allows us to better understand our "best friends" through the ages. Immigrants, Refugees, and Occupiers in the Ancient World Galleries May Include (subject to availability): Egypt (Mummies) Gallery, Rome Gallery, Greece Gallery, Canaan and Ancient Israel Gallery, Cultures in the Crossfire Gallery. How do you think of yourself? Do you identify with your family's place of origin? Your own birthplace? Where you live right now? Since ancient times, people have been on the move, traveling across land and sea to conquer, flee, and explore. Some people identify with their origins, and some adopt a new identity when they relocate. This phenomenon is as much a part of our lives today as it was in the past. Come and see how people in the ancient world moved. You’ll find the cultures, nations, and empires that you thought you knew were far more complicated than you initially thought! China’s Silk Road: Where East Meets West Galleries Included: China Gallery Do you want to learn what China invented, traded, and received throughout history? Step into the Chinese Rotunda Gallery to follow the ancient network of trade routes. From the exchange of war horses to the spread of Buddhism, the Silk Road paved the path for Chinese civilization. Come witness the first evidence of Chinese script on ox scapula and turtle plastron. Come learn what the Chinese received in return for trading silk. Come discover what impact India had on China’s religious landscape. From the relief of Emperor Taizong with his beloved horses and the royal Iranian horses placed in tombs, to the protective warriors at temples and the Buddhist enlightened beings, you will see firsthand how the Silk Road profoundly impacted Chinese history. Show Me the Mummy! Galleries Included: Egypt (Mummies) Gallery. It’s hard to imagine ancient Egypt without mummification or the process of preserving the body after death. Pop-culture presents the idea that mummies come back to life to seek revenge or fulfill an ancient curse. However, for the ancient Egyptians the purpose of mummification was to be reborn and live for eternity. Embark on a tour of discovery through the Museum’s Egyptian Galleries and uncover how ancient Egyptians used mummification to preserve their legacies and achieve an eternal goal. You will explore the mythological origins of mummification, examine both human and animal mummies that are thousands of years old, decode elaborately decorated coffins, and discover how scanning technology is used to “unwrap” a mummy's layers to help us to better understand this ancient ritual. (Disclaimer: This tour involves viewing ancient human remains) China Gallery Tour Galleries Included: China Gallery. An architectural marvel in its own right, the majestic Chinese Rotunda houses one of the finest collections of monumental Chinese art in the country. The large-scale artifacts on view are a testament to the artistic achievements of the Chinese people, particularly in early Buddhist sculpture, and the continuity of artistic evolution during the early, pre-Song periods (before 1000 CE). Gallery highlights include two Imperial Horse Reliefs, one of the world’s largest Crystal Spheres, and a collection of Northern Qi Buddhist Statuary. Greece Gallery Tour Galleries Included: Greece Gallery. Ancient Greek society is illuminated through 400+ objects, including exquisite painted vases with depictions of ancient gods and myths, bronze armor, marble sculptures, and coinage. The Greeks were pre-eminent merchants and their pottery represents the best archaeological evidence of the extensiveness of their trade and influence in the Mediterranean world. Highlights of the gallery include Attic Black Figure and Red Figure pottery vessels, marble and bronze sculptures, gold and silver coins, and architectural fragments. Rome and Etruscan Italy Gallery Tour Galleries Included: Rome Gallery, Etruscan Italy Gallery. The artistic, commercial and technical achievements of the Romans are evident in The Roman World gallery, which is filled with marble sculptures, including a highly unusual head from a cult statue of the goddess Diana as well as other deities, priests and men and women of the Roman Republic and Empire. Highlights from The Etruscan World include exceptionally fine bucchero pottery, fired dark gray and black in shapes that recall luxury metalwork. There are grand carved sarcophagi and ash urns with detailed sculptured images of Etruscan men and women. Native American Voices Gallery Tour Galleries Included: Native America Voices Gallery Remarkable objects from across the nation, paired with contemporary voices, combine to offer a new understanding of the first inhabitants of the North American continent, as told through Native American perspectives. Canaan and Israel Gallery Tour Galleries Included: Canaan and Ancient Israel Gallery The Penn Museum’s late 21st century excavations in the Levant collected most of these artifacts, which demonstrate the influence of other cultures on objects of daily life. Book Your Tour
ATM Food Elevator Restrooms Men's Restroom Women's Restroom Information Desk Handicap Access Gift Shop Coat Closet Lactation/First Aid Room Entrance First Floor What's on View The Penn Museum hosts special exhibitions in the Merle-Smith Galleries. Moundbuilders: Ancient Architects of North America. This exhibit explores the fascinating story of Native American moundbuilding through a variety of photographs, artifacts, archival materials, and excavation records. Second Floor What's on View The North America Gallery currently features Native American Voices: The People—Here and Now , a long-term interactive exhibition. Leave preconceptions behind and discover a living tapestry of Nations with distinct stories, histories, and identities. The Mexico & Central America Gallery introduces you to the pre-Colombian civilizations of Mesoamerica, which flourished before the Spanish Conquest. Major traditions represented here include those of central and western Mexico, the Gulf Coast, Oaxaca, the highland and lowland Maya of Yucatan, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and a variety of Central American cultures.--> The Penn Museum hosts special exhibitions in the Kintner and Dietrich Galleries. The Museum's new Middle East Galleries opened in the spring of 2018. Third Floor What's on View The Classical World Galleries focus on Etruscan Italy , Greece , and Rome , and offer more than one thousand ancient artifacts – including marble and bronze sculptures, jewelry, metalwork, mosaics, glass vessels, gold and silver coins, and pottery. The Penn Museum holds nearly 25,000 artifacts from the area that encompasses modern Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, Jordan and Lebanon, and parts of Syria, the largest collection of artifacts from this region. A sampling is on display in the Canaan & Israel Gallery . The Japan and China Galleries occupy the Museum's Harrison Wing and Rotunda, which contains one of the largest unsupported masonry domes in the United States (the roof of Harrison Auditorium that supports the floor of the China Gallery). The galleries house one of the finest collections of monumental Chinese and Japanese art in the country, covering some 4,000 years of history. The Egypt (Mummies) Gallery displays carved reliefs, stone coffins, and 3-dimensional sculpture that testifies to the superb craftsmanship of Egyptian artists and sculptors throughout that country's long history. Explore human and animal mummies, tomb artifacts, and funerary objects and materials used in the mummification process in the Egyptian Mummy: Secrets and Science Gallery . Learn about the ancient Egyptian belief in an afterlife, and the complex funerary practices they developed over thousands of years. Part exhibition, and part working laboratory, In the Artifact Lab: Conservation in Action, a glass-enclosed conservation lab brings you right into a museum conservator’s world. See the tools of the trade and watch as conservators work on a wide array of artifacts being prepared for exhibit in the Museum’s signature galleries.
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The Mexico & Central America Gallery and Africa Galleries are now closed for a year of renovations. We are reimagining these important galleries, adding new flooring, cases, lighting, and air-conditioning, and creating dynamic new displays. We are working on creating new galleries for our renowned Egyptian collection. The Egypt (Sphinx) Gallery is now closed for conservation of monumental objects, but the Egypt (Mummies) Gallery remains open. Temporary Closures and Alerts The Museum or its galleries may occasionally be closed to visitors during exhibition updates, private functions, holiday closures, and other events. Please note these upcoming alerts to help plan your next visit: The Mexico & Central America, Africa, and Egypt (Sphinx) Galleries are closed for transformation. Directions and Parking The Penn Museum is located at 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 at the intersection of Spruce Street and 33rd Street. 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Garage 7 Located at the corner of South Streets and Convention Avenue, just east of the Penn Museum. The garage Parking can be limited with garage filling early—usually by 7:30 am, some spots reopening after 10:30 am. Regular Daily Rate (no discounts offered): $22 Monday through Friday, 6:00 am to 5:00 pm. $12 Monday through Friday, 5:00pm to 11:00 pm. Weekend Rate (except for special event parking days): $12 This garage accepts credit cards for payment only. Special event parking days are determined by Penn Parking Service. Special event parking prices differ from everyday prices and are subject to change without notice. Examples of these events include the annual Penn Relays, Homecoming, other Penn Athletics Programming. Other pay lots These lots are in the vicinity and metered parking is available on some streets nearby. 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