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. Egyptomaniacs will be glad to know that the third floor Egyptian Galleries, including the popular Egyptian Mummies: Secrets and Science, will remain open, as does The Artifact Lab: Conservation in Action, where conservators study, clean and prepare ancient Egyptian mummies, among many artifacts, answering visitor questions twice daily. In winter 2019, the Museum will unveil a new special exhibition with a focus on ancient Egypt. But no one at the Museum would deny that the Sphinx will be missed by guests and staff alike. Opportunities to Say ”See You Later!” With just weeks remaining before the Egypt (Sphinx) Gallery closes, the Museum offers several special opportunities to come out and see the Sphinx: Wawa Welcome America Free Museum Day Friday, June 29 On Friday, June 29, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, the Museum is offering a Free Museum Day as part of the Wawa Welcome America Celebration. Among the special activities for the day: Museum instructors provide a Meet and Greet with the Sphinx. Guests can learn more about the Sphinx, before creating and sharing a “see you later” message to be posted in the gallery. “See You Later” Weekend July 7 and 8 On the final weekend that the Sphinx is accepting visitors, uly 7 and 8, a Penn Museum photographer will be on hand, 1:00 to 4:00 pm, to immortalize the visit with family and Sphinx portraits for all guests—to be emailed as keepsakes until the Sphinx returns on view—and a new, updated family photo can be taken! The Ultimate Sphinx Book: Read It! Guests who want a more robust memento can stop by the Penn Museum Shop where the book, The Sphinx That Traveled to Philadelphia: The Story of the Colossal Sphinx in the Penn Museum is available for purchase. Josef Wegner and Jennifer Houser Wegner, long-time Associate Curators in the Museum’s Egyptian section, co-authored the book, written to celebrate the centennial of the Sphinx’s arrival in 1913. The book details the original excavations and archaeological history of the Sphinx, how it came to Philadelphia, and the unexpected ways in which the Sphinx's story intersects with the history of Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Museum just before World War I. Opportunities to Share the Love on Social Media The Museum has launched a microsite about the Sphinx and his "staycation" for guests to read about the history—and share some of their own Sphinx stories and images: www.penn.museum/sphinx. Everyone is invited to take their own new photos with the Sphinx, or to find older shots from days long gone, and share them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #sphinxtales and tag @pennmuseum! Make sure your post is public, and the Museum will share it on the site! The Penn Museum (the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 300 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, the Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind's collective heritage. The Penn Museum is located at 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (on Penn's campus, across from Franklin Field). Public transportation to the Museum is available via SEPTA's Regional Rail Line at University City Station; the Market-Frankford Subway Line at 34th Street Station; trolley routes 11, 13, 34, and 36; and bus routes 21, 30, 40, and 42. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Wednesdays, June 20 through September 5 until 8:00 pm, with outdoor Summer Nights Concert Series offered. Closed Mondays and holidays. June Museum admission is $15 for adults; $13 for senior citizens (65 and above); $10 for children (6 to 17) and full-time students with ID; $2 ACCESS and Museums for All cardholders (up to four family members per card); free for active U.S. Military, free for STAMP cardholders; free to Penn Museum Members, PennCard holders, and children 5 and younger. Discounted July and August admission is $10 for adults, seniors and students (6 to 17); $2 ACCESS and Museums for All cardholders (up to four family members per card); free for active U.S. Military, free for STAMP cardholders; free to Penn Museum Members, PennCard holders, and children 5 and younger. Hot and cold meals and light refreshments are offered to visitors with or without Museum admission in The Pepper Mill Café; the Museum Shop offers a wide selection of gifts, books, games, clothing and jewelry. Penn Museum can be found on the web at www.penn.museum. For general information call 215.898.4000. For group tour information call 215.746.8183.
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.”
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