Background

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.

*During the current pandemic, the Conservators will not be working in the Artifact Lab when the gallery is open to the public.  Visitors will still be able to see the treatments in progress and small displays on our current work. Also, please tune in to Penn Museum’s Facebook Live, each Friday afternoon at 1 pm EDT to hear a presentation in the Conservation Confidential series.

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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