Museum News & Announcements
As Building Transformation Project Work Progresses Visitors Invited to Say ”See You Later!”—In Person and on Social Media—Before Temporary Gallery Closure PHILADELPHIA, PA JUNE 2018—Penn Museum’s Building Transformation Project—announced with construction hard hats in the Harrison Auditorium last fall—continues apace, as a new suite of signature Middle East Galleries just opened, while refurbishments and renovations for additional galleries, amenities, and meeting spaces are well underway. After July 8, the Museum’s iconic and beloved lower level Egypt (Sphinx) Gallery closes for extensive artifact conservation, the first step before eventual renovations and re-envisioning for the new Ancient Egypt & Nubia Galleries. That means that after more than 100 years of educating and entertaining guests, the Museum’s beloved red granite Sphinx—the largest ancient Sphinx in the Western Hemisphere, surrounded by colossal architectural elements of a Pharaoh’s palace circa 1200 BCE—is taking a break. The new Ancient Egypt & Nubia Galleries are expected to open in four to six years.
Medal Awarded at Evening Lecture on Ancient Tuberculosis and Leprosy Presented by Dr. Buikstra Friday, May 11, 6:30 pm PHILADELPHIA, PA, May 2018—Jane Buikstra, Regents’ Professor of Bioarchaeology and Founding Director, Center for Bioarchaeological Research in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University, will receive the Penn Museum’s Lucy Wharton Drexel Medal for exceptional achievement. Penn Museum Director Julian Siggers will present her with the award on Friday, May 11, 6:30 pm, just prior to an evening lecture she will offer, Ancient Tuberculosis and Leprosy: Pre-Columbian Presence in the New World, in the Museum’s Rainey Auditorium. (The lecture is free, but space is limited and online registration is required.) Dr. Buikstra will receive the Museum’s Lucy Wharton Drexel Medal just prior to her talk. You can read about it HERE.
Penn Student Curators Explore Storytelling Through International Museum Collection Storytelling is a uniquely human endeavor. As the newest Penn Museum student-curated exhibition, And So the Story Goes…Innovations in Storytelling, makes clear, the ways humans create and share important narratives is as diverse as the peoples and cultures of the world.
Penn Museum is a founding partner and a core collaborator of the annual Philadelphia Science Festival, running April 20 through 28, 2018.
Help us call in the Year of the Dog! Submit your best dog photo in our Year of the Dog photo contest.
PHILADELPHIA, PA 2017—‘Tis the season to transform your perspective on the world—and share the excitement of discovery with friends and loved ones!
Features The Penn Museum Egyptian Collections World-renowned Egyptologist David Silverman, Museum Curator and Penn Professor, Leads New Course OCTOBER 2017—Ancient Egypt enthusiasts and fans have a special reason to look forward to Halloween—and not just because ancient Egyptian costumes are always popular among the trick or treaters.
Penn Museum’s Egypt (Sphinx) Gallery Is Featured in Achiever Academy’s 2nd Annual Fundraiser Music Video "Remember The Time" a short film, pushed the boundaries of the music video medium with a star-studded, nine-minute epic set in ancient Egypt.
Archaeologist Teagan Schweitzer, a Penn Museum consulting scholar and a PhD recipient from the University of Pennsylvania, knows how to stretch, and in her capacity as a yoga instructor, she’ll help you stretch, too. In fact, she is a lululemon Ambassador—one of a select group of athletes that the brand, lululemon, celebrate as “a community of driven athletes and inspirational people who harness their passion to elevate their communities.”
PHILADELPHIA, PA June 20, 2017—The Penn Museum (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) in Philadelphia has been awarded a major Advancement grant—one of two such grants given this year—from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. This grant is designed to support cultural organizations in making lasting improvements to their programming, audience engagement, and financial health through bold initiatives. “We are thrilled, and honored, to be awarded this prestigious grant at a very exciting time in the Museum’s 130-plus year history,” noted Julian Siggers, Penn Museum Williams Director. “With the help of this generous grant, we will be better able to realize our expansive and increasingly relevant vision: to be the place where people of all ages can experience the thrill of discovery and gain a deeper understanding of human history, and their place in it.”