Press Releases: Exhibitions
Penn Museum's New Middle East Galleries Open April 21, 2018 New exhibition is first in a planned series of Signature Galleries encompassing more than 44,000 square feet of reinstalled gallery space PHILADELPHIA, PA — Founded in 1887, the Penn Museum sent the first United States archaeological expedition to the Middle East—to the ancient Mesopotamian site of Nippur in what was then the Ottoman Empire. More than 130 years and hundreds of international expeditions later, the Museum remains a world leader in Near Eastern archaeology, with a collection of more than 100,000 artifacts; a leading collection of cuneiform tablets bearing early literary, historical, and economic texts; strong Islamic period ethnographic and literary collections; and a rich archive of historic documents, field notes, and photographs—as well as ongoing research projects in the region.
NEW EXHIBITION OPENING NOVEMBER 18 AT THE PENN MUSEUM EXPLORES AFTERMATH OF STATE VIOLENCE IN A JAMAICAN NEIGHBORHOOD "We knew the kind of danger that was coming. It wasn’t something where, it was not the first time that we had seen this sort of thing. It wasn’t the first time that we had seen it. The only thing is this time, this time, it’s more like they ripped out the peoples’ heart in Tivoli Gardens. Because a whole heap of innocent people died like that. Because I lost a brother in the War you know? I lost a little brother you know." Orando, age 31, recalling the Tivoli Incursion In May 2010, the “Tivoli Incursion,” a standoff between Jamaican security forces and a local gang leader wanted for extradition by the United States government, resulted in the death of at least 75 civilians in the Tivoli Gardens neighborhood of West Kingston on the island of Jamaica. For residents of the community where the “Incursion” took place, the memories of the four days of violence and trauma remain strong.
5,000 Years of Native American Moundbuilding Traditions are Explored in a New Exhibition Opening June 24 at the Penn Museum PHILADELPHIA, PA 2017—The Great Pyramids in Egypt, Stonehenge in England, and the Maya city of Teotihuacan were all built thousands of years ago. Add to that list of extraordinary achievements the earthen mounds—some rising to heights of 70 or 100 feet, some more than 5,000 years old—that dot the landscape of North America.
New Penn Museum Exhibition Opening Saturday, April 8 Considers What is at Stake When Cultural Heritage is Destroyed in War-torn Region PHILADELPHIA, PA 2017—Nimrud. Aleppo. Palmyra. Ebla. These ancient sites and many others in Iraq and Syria have found their way to the top of international news today, as the destruction of cultural heritage becomes both a by-product and a tactic of ongoing war throughout the region.
Curses, Countercurses, Incantations, and More Penn Museum Explores Magic in the Ancient World In New Exhibition Opening Saturday, April 16 PHILADELPHIA, PA Spring 2016—Protective amulets, incantation bowls, curse tablets, powerful rings, magical stones, and anatomical votives—these objects and more, once used by ancient peoples seeking to fulfill desires through supernatural means, are featured in Magic in the Ancient World. The new exhibition opens Saturday, April 16 at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia, and runs through April 2017.
Ancient Treasures from the Republic of Turkey The Golden Age of King Midas, Exclusive World Premiere Exhibition, Opens February 13, 2016 at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia PHILADELPHIA, PA January 2016—What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of 150 objects, including more than 120 specially-loaned ancient artifacts from four museums in the Republic of Turkey, keys to telling the true story of a very real and powerful ruler of the Phrygian kingdom. The Golden Age of King Midas is an exclusive, world premiere exhibition developed by the Penn Museum, 3260 South Street in Philadelphia, in partnership with the Republic of Turkey. A special Opening Celebration on Saturday, February 13 kicks off the exhibition, which runs through November 27, 2016.
Presented to Coincide with the 2015-2016 Penn Humanities Forum on Sex, Exhibition Uses International Collection to Offer Broad Survey of Diverse Cultural Concepts PHILADELPHIA, PA October 2015—Sex, sexuality, and gender identity are perennial hot-button issues in the news. With today’s headlines trumpeting views about same-sex marriage and the sanctity of marriage, gender bender fashions, gender diversity in the workforce, and gender inequities in the boardrooms, are we living in age of revolutionary views on sex?
Ancient Treasures from the Republic of Turkey are Featured in The Golden Age of King Midas Exclusive World Premiere Exhibition Explores Famous Ruler and his Times, Opens February 13, 2016 at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia PHILADELPHIA, PA September 2015— What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question that will be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of specially-loaned ancient artifacts from the Republic of Turkey, keys to telling the true story of a very real, very powerful ruler of the Phrygian kingdom in what is now central Turkey. The Golden Age of King Midas , an exclusive, world premiere exhibition developed by the Penn Museum, 3260 South Street in Philadelphia, in partnership with the Republic of Turkey, runs February 13 through November 27, 2016.
Sacred Writings: Extraordinary Texts of the Biblical World Centerpiece Exhibition Honoring Philadelphia Visit by Pope Francis
PHILADELPHIA, PA July 2015— They are treasures that have survived centuries and even millennia: one of the world's oldest fragments of the gospel of Saint Matthew; the first Bible printed in the Americas, in the Native American Massachusett language; a New Testament Bible published in twelve languages in Nuremberg, Germany, 1599; the earliest version of the Mesopotamian flood story, pre-dating the Biblical story of Noah, written on clay nearly 3,500 years ago.
Corn: From Ancient Crop to Soda Pop, Penn Student-Curated Exhibition For University’s Year of Health Opens at the Penn Museum April 10
Premiere of New Space Dedicated to Student-Curated Exhibitions Philadelphia, PA, April 2015—The story of corn, from its earliest days as an important crop in the Americas to its current presence in food and drink around the world, is the subject of a small University of Pennsylvania-student curated exhibition presented as part of the University's 2014–2015 theme, the Year of Health. Corn: From Ancient Crop to Soda Pop is the inaugural exhibition in a newly refurbished space dedicated to student-curated offerings at the Penn Museum. The food-focused exhibition, fittingly set in new cases just outside the Museum's Pepper Mill Café, runs April 10 through March 13, 2016.