In the Artifact Lab: Conserving Egyptian Mummies opened at the Penn Museum on September 30, 2012. In April 2017, the lab was re-branded to include a wider variety of artifacts from all sections in the Museum, and was re-named The 
Artifact Lab: Conservation in Action.

The Artifact Lab is divided into 2 areas: a working conservation lab enclosed in glass, and an accompanying public gallery space. From the gallery space, visitors can watch conservators at work on artifacts from the collection. The exhibit space includes objects on display, a Proscope station, where visitors can view samples of new and deteriorated materials under magnification, a photomicrograph slideshow, and a slideshow containing information about the conservation process and ongoing activities. Twice daily, a lab staff member is available to speak with the public and answer questions (see FAQs section for more information).

This blog is a companion to the Artifact Lab. Please check back often for updates on the objects being conserved and the projects happening in the lab.

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To read about other projects, exhibits and objects in the Penn Museum, follow this link to Beyond the Gallery Walls, the Penn Museum’s blog.


WHO is working in the Artifact Lab?

Penn Museum conservation staff, including Project Conservator Molly Gleeson, Senior Conservator Lynn Grant, and Conservators Julia Lawson and Nina Owczarek.

Penn Museum’s Egyptian Section curators, including Curator Dr. David Silverman, and Associate Curators Dr. Josef Wegner and Dr. Jennifer Wegner.