Diverse Perspectives

From the Publisher

By: Amanda Mitchell-Boyask

In the last issue of Expedition I was, with my co-interim directors Melissa Smith and Steve Tinney, on the other side of this page. I couldn’t be more delighted that our new Williams Director Christopher Woods will take that spot going forward. Chris’s commitment to bringing new, contemporary voices to speak to the collections and […]

Ancient Collections, New Voices

An Interview with Christopher Woods

Christopher Woods became the Penn Museum’s twelfth Williams Director on April 1, 2021. He shared with Expedition what drew him to the Penn Museum, what it has in common with Chicago’s Oriental Institute (where he was Director from 2017–2021), and how museums with ancient collections can engage with their communities and inspire contemporary voices. You’ve […]

From the Editor

By: Jane Hickman

We are fortunate to have many public gardens in the Philadelphia region that are wonderful places to visit in all seasons. During these uncertain times, gardens serve as a peaceful respite from the concerns of everyday life. This expanded issue of Expedition focuses on local gardens and the archaeological research that provides The Editor at […]

From the Co-Interim Directors

By: Steve Tinney and Melissa Smith and Amanda Mitchell-Boyask

Dear Friends, Our gardens are part of the Penn Museum experience. All year, the Warden Garden and Stoner Courtyard invite us to pause and admire the fountains and koi pond, to take a lunch break in the shade, to enjoy a moment of calm and greenery. Gardens, as this issue explores, are integral not only […]

Working Remotely

From the Editor

By: Jane Hickman

The Summer 2020 issue of Expedition was edited and designed entirely in our homes. Thanks to Remy, Alyssa, Alex, Page, authors of the articles, and all those who contributed content. Thanks also to our printer, CRW Graphics, who continued to work with a reduced crew. I hope by the time you read this we are […]

A Source of Inspiration

From the Director

By: Julian Siggers

Dear Friends, I hope that this issue of Expedition finds you well. While the Museum’s building has been closed during this public health crisis, we’ve welcomed you online instead, and have been delighted to see you for specialists’ talks from their living rooms to yours, for craft workshops, for Digital Daily Digs, for Great lectures, […]


From the Editor

By: Jane Hickman

The last few years have been a whirlwind of activity at the Museum, with ongoing renovations leading to the opening last fall of the new Sphinx Gallery, Mexico and Central America Gallery, Africa Galleries, and renovated Harrison Auditorium. Virtually the entire Main Level of the Museum was closed for over a year; many of us […]

More Reasons to Visit the Museum

From the Director

By: Julian Siggers

Dear Friends, 2019 was a year of celebrations. In June, we moved a Sphinx. In November, we completed the first phase of our Building Transformation and opened wide the doors to our new Penn Museum. In 2020, while the Main Level construction is complete, the reasons to visit continue to flourish—because with our new spaces, […]

At The Museum

Open to All The New Penn Museum’s Opening Weekend, November 16-17 ON NOVEMBER 16 AND 17, the Museum celebrated the opening of our new Penn Museum by filling our galleries with performances and activities. The morning began with the Sphinx waiting behind blue curtains before being unveiled for a small group of media joined by […]

Artifacts from Around the World

Welcome to the New Sphinx Gallery

By: Jane Hickman and Penn Museum Curators and Keepers

Artifacts from Around the World Welcome to the New Sphinx Gallery By: Jane Hickman and Penn Museum Curators and Keepers When you walk into the Penn Museum’s new Main Entrance, the first thing you will see is the colossal Sphinx of Ramses II, the largest Egyptian Sphinx in the Western Hemisphere and the fourth largest […]