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Join Dr. Deborah Thomas, co-curator, Bearing Witness: Four Days in West Kingston, on a journey of discovery, exploring the history and culture of Jamaica, in this six-part open reading group. Come to one program or all. Read and discuss a rich variety of histories, novels, poetry—as well as film. Free. Discussion Group Syllabus

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Adult, College, and Tourism Groups K-12 Groups Penn Students Penn Instructors Visitors with Disabilities Adult, College, and Tourism Groups Three floors of art and artifacts spanning the entire history of human civilization from Mesopotamia to Egypt to Greece - there is always something fascinating for your group to unearth at the Penn Museum. Groups of 10 or more save on admission and tours, so book your group experience today! Contact Group Sales Group Rates To make the most out of your visit, check out some of our suggested itineraries… For the Art lover... Artistry Through the Ages Tour Chat with Museum Conservators and discover how history is preserved in The Artifact Lab - a REAL working conservation laboratory For the lover of travel... Global Connections in the Ancient World Tour Travel to amazing places around the world with our International Classroom cultural workshops. For the history buff... Egypt Gallery Tour Go behind the scenes in the Penn Museum Archives to view pioneering photography from around the world, as well as maps, documents, and correspondence from more than 300 field expeditions. Enhance Your Experience Adult, College, and Tourism Group Tours Talks Behind the Scenes Hands-on Activities Click here for Group Admission and Tour Rates. Additional Resources Map of the Museum Dining at the Penn Museum Parking at the Penn Museum History of the Penn Museum Construction and Gallery Closures This year will begin exciting renovations for the Penn Museum and its neighbor, the University of Pennsylvania Health System's Penn Tower. We will keep everyone informed of upcoming gallery closures. Some artifacts may temporarily be off display due to construction vibrations. A few galleries may be affected by noise from construction as well. The Group Sales Department will ensure you have an enjoyable and informative experience as our Penn neighbor and the Museum improve our buildings. The new Middle East Galleries, now open, are the first step in a Building Transformation that includes renewal of several important galleries and public spaces. While you enjoy these brand new galleries and much more, please pardon our appearance in other areas under transformation. To help you plan your visit, see what’s affected here. Sign up for our e-newsletter Stay up to date with the latest group opportunities through our group sales newsletter! Sign up today

Lifelong Learning Learning doesn’t stop once you leave the classroom – immerse yourself in a new culture, and uncover the research and archaeological breakthroughs that occur daily at Penn Museum! Our Lifelong Learning workshops provide your group with the opportunity for global learning by bringing you up close and personal with international educators, artists, and museum-affiliated archaeologists and anthropologists. Contact Group Sales World Culture Learn more about a country directly from a person who lived there! This series provides a very personal interaction for your group. Our diverse workshops cover countries and cultures from the following continents or regions: Kanga: Message Carriers of East Africa A kanga is a traditional garment in East African culture. This printed cotton fabric is designed with bright colors and inspirational messages. The kanga serves many functions and communicates messages through riddles and proverbs. Ladies traditionally will wrap a kanga in their own fashion, while gentlemen will offer kangas as gifts. A Kenyan instructor teaches students about the history of kangas, their cultural meanings, and their functions. Groups then create individual kangas using paper collage that features their own messages and African symbols. Celebrate the year 4715: Chinese New Year Rituals Chinese New year is a time of exploding firecrackers and leaping dragon dancers. This workshop takes a closer look at rituals and customs associated with Chinese New Year celebrations and explore the historical origins of these activities. Students will gain an understanding of these rituals, along with their cultural and social significance. Chinese Characters: A Journey Across Time What is a Chinese character? Where do Chinese characters come from? How hard is to write a Chinese character? This workshop will examine the developmental history of Chinese characters, a journey of many thousand years. By looking at the transformation of these characters over time and many historical factors behind such changes, students gain a better understanding not only about Chinese characters but Chinese history and culture. Students practice writing some Chinese characters during the workshop. Ancient Chinese Emoji : The Oracle Bone Script - Origin Of the Chinese Characters Have you ever thought Chinese characters are similar to emojis or drawing? They actually were! In this workshop, you will be introduced to the historical contexts and Chinese cultural values found in the oracles. Through interactive games, your group will learn to identify basic common oracles, and then by actually curving Oracle symbols on foam sheets, students will have a chance to write their own message in ancient Chinese style with a modern twist! Sattriya: Spiritual Odyssey, a Classical Dance from Northeast India’s Hindu Monasteries In this workshop, Madhusmita Bora, a performer of the Sattriya Dance Company takes you on a journey through a 600-year-old dance tradition, preserved, nourished and practiced until recently only by celibate monks in a little island in Northeast India. Your group will be exposed to stories from Hindu mythology through the dance, and will also learn about the monks and their lives. There will be masks, costumes and props on display. Along the way, you will be led in movement exercises and will be acquainted with some vocabulary of this ancient Indian tradition. Native Nations and Tribes - Stories from Native American Voices: The People – Here and Now Stories from Native American Voices: The People – Here and Now Did you know that there are more than 500 federally recognized Native tribes in the United States? Explore the diversity of Native cultures in this workshop, which focuses on the histories and cultures of two very different North American tribes: one being the speaker’s own Native nation, the Navajo, and the second being the Lenni Lenape, who have lived in the Philadelphia region since immemorial time. Find out how objects speak for their creators, as the tangible aspects of cultural meaning and memory. Then explore the objects on display in Native American Voices: The People—Here and Now with fresh eyes and the knowledge that these objects have unique histories that say something special about the individuals who created and used them, and the cultures from which they come. Chilean New Year How do you celebrate the New Year Eve? Do you have any family traditions for the New Year Eve? In Chile, New Year's eve is a big celebration with unique rituals! In Chile, the end of the year coincides with the end of the academic year and the beginning of summer, so there are strong rituals for good luck. Chileans end the year by saying goodbye to all bad things encountered in that year, while wishing the best for the incoming year. In this workshop, students learn more about the Chilean traditions for the New Year Eve through visuals and interactive games along with basic Spanish greetings and vocabulary. Archaeology and Anthropology Experts Our museum-affiliated scholars share their experiences in the field through visuals, hands-on activities, and interactive discussions. Program include: Archaeology Archaeology: Helping the Past Speak to Us Archaeologists find things in groups, not one at a time, using the whole of what is found to learn about the past. This workshop guides you through a discussion of archaeological method, based on the fictitious murder of the speaker and a 300-years-after-the-fact recovery of the body. Participants learn that the important discovery is not the body but the sum total of all the things buried with the body: coins, eye glasses, pocket knife, personal jewelry, and so on. None of these finds would have been meaningful alone, but, together these things provide a surprisingly complete picture of the victim, despite the time between his murder and the discovery of the body. This example is followed by a discussion of a single artifact and the importance of context for understanding it, stressing that objects found together in context tell a stronger story than individual objects. After this, view photographs from an excavation of an Italian cemetery and discuss the contexts found that may bring meaning to the objects. Women and Archaeology Until only recently, archaeology was a male dominated field. Meet a female Egyptian archaeologist, Shelby Justl, a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, and learn what opportunities and challenges women encounter in archaeology, especially working globally in the Middle East where the majority of team members are men. “Can you dig it?”: Archaeology of Ancient Egypt Every year, Egyptian archeologists brush away sand and discover unknown pharaoh’s tombs or ancient hidden cities. Ever wonder what an archeologist actually does? How do they decide where to dig? Egyptian archaeologist Shelby Justl shows a typical day in the field, exposes you to recent incredible discoveries, and introduces experimental archaeology. Experimental archaeology is a method of understanding and recreating the past by actually performing the practices of the past, such as mummifying animals, firing pottery, building houses, mixing medical poultices and perfumes, baking bread, and brewing beer all according to ancient records. Is Archaeology Really Like Indiana Jones? Petra, "The Rose-Red City Half as Old as Time,” is nestled in a mountainous basin in a remote, rugged corner of Jordan. Recently named one of the New Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Petra is famous for its rock-cut tombs and monuments, including a Roman theater capable of seating as many as 8,500 people. Petra served for a time as one of the major trading centers of the ancient world. It also served as a backdrop for scenes in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. After a series of earthquakes in about 400 AD, Petra lay essentially abandoned; it was not rediscovered until 1812. Archaeological investigations at Petra continue to the present day. This presentation takes you behind the scenes on an actual dig at the site, where you will learn archaeology techniques, and whether or not archaeology is really like Indiana Jones. Mummies: Through Time, Across Continents When we think of mummies - often the first thing that comes to mind is Ancient Egypt – we envision monsters coming back to life, walking the earth once again. This lecture explores the world of preserved human remains through time and across continents - a 5,000-year journey. There exists an amazing diversity of preserved human remains; some created deliberately, some naturally, on virtually all continents, in all time periods. Enhanced by high quality images of preserved human remains, the lecture takes you on a journey from this life to the afterlife. Egyptology Sweet Home Egypt: Ancient Egyptian Cities and Daily Life Travel back in time to 1500 BCE to see ancient Egypt beyond the pyramids and mummies with Egyptologist Shelby Justl. Explore ancient Egyptian settlements and daily life, including the glamorous palaces of Pharaohs, to huge private officials’ villas, to small workmen’s dwellings. Learn more about the ancient Egyptians’ childhood, family life, occupations, leisure activities, and even what the clothing they wore and the food that they ate. Sweet Home Egypt also shares how ancient Egyptians handled challenges like illness, grief, theft, lazy co-workers, and bad bosses. Words of the Gods: Learning to Write Egyptian Hieroglyphs For around 3,000 years, the ancient Egyptians used a writing system that is known to us today as Egyptian Hieroglyphs. What we see as pictures of animals, weird shapes, and squiggly lines, are part of a complex writing system the Egyptians used to communicate between each other and even to their gods. In this workshop, Paul Verhelst, a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania’s Archaeology Program will guide you through how the ancient Egyptians used pictures, sounds, and something called determinatives to write monumental inscriptions as well as administrative, legal, mathematical, medical, and literary texts. Together, we'll journey through the history, development, and rediscovery of one of the world's first written languages. Students will learn to write basic hieroglyphs as part of the workshop. Biological and Forensic Anthropology CSI: Ancient Egypt, Forensic Anthropology 101 In an effort to learn more about the physical aspects of humankind, both past and present, anthropologists developed methods and techniques to evaluate human skeletal remains, techniques that apply in modern forensic (criminal) investigations. Using human remains from Dr. Phillips’ own research, this lecture introduces the audience to those scientific methods and techniques through digital images of actual human bones from ancient Egypt, some as old as the pyramids themselves. Participants will learn, in non-technical terms, the basic steps in determining a female from a male, younger from older, and what else bones can tell us about the person. A highlight of the lecture is a re-examination of a possible 3,300 year-old royal murder case using modern forensics. In Sickness or in Health: The Archaeology of Disease Archaeologists can gain a great deal of knowledge about past people just by looking at their bones. In this program, students learn what techniques and methods archaeologists use to reveal information about someone’s age, sex, height, previous injuries, cause of death, etc. Special emphasis is given to the evidence for disease in ancient cultures. Focusing on excavations in Italy as examples, Espenlaub and the students investigate the clues left on human bones to learn about which diseases may have affected humans in the past and what that meant to those they affected. Classical Archaeology Exploring the Classical World through Artifacts How do we know what we know about the ancient Greek and Roman worlds? What types of evidence do we have to answer our many questions about these civilizations, which are often considered the foundations of Western culture? Archaeology and the study of objects allow us to move beyond the reading of history as a body of facts to actively inquiring about the past. Using examples from two current excavations in Greece, groups will explore some of the exciting methods of archaeological and historical analysis, ranging from the examination of ancient texts to ultra-scientific studies of objects and even soils. You will then have an opportunity to interact with objects and formulate their own questions about objects and the ancient world. Who were the Romans?: Investigating the Roman Ancient Empire What do we mean when we talk about Romans and the Roman world? This workshop invites students to explore Roman culture by looking beyond Italy to look at variations in Roman culture all around the ancient Mediterranean - from Spain to Syria. With the guidance of Dr. Sarah Beckmann, a Classical Archaeologist from the University of Pennsylvania, students will learn how to recognize and interpret different kinds of Roman architecture and sculpture, using critical and creative analysis to highlight variations. Students will also have the opportunity to handle ancient artifacts. In doing so, they will learn firsthand how archaeological evidence is used to ask questions about daily life in different parts of the Roman world. Middle East Not Quite as Easy as ABC: Learning to Write Sumerian 4000 years ago and Today The Sumerians of ancient Mesopotamia created perhaps the earliest written collection of stories in the world - or rather their children did. Archaeologists have dug up the exercise tablets on Sumerian children practiced learning signs and copying myths and legends by the thousands. Using both ancient tablets from the collection of Penn Museum and modern clay and styluses, your group will follow the path of the ancient scribes as they learned the mysteries of the cuneiform writing system. Performing Arts Around the World Immerse your group in diverse cultural expressions. Local performing artists introduce cultural rituals, traditions and stories from around the world. These workshops utilize a range of arts to educate participants about vibrant cultural traditions. Bells and Claves: Drawing Connections Between West African and Cuban Rhythms What happens when Spanish song meets European harmony meets African rhythm? Vibrant Latin American music is created from a blend of multiple cultures! In this session, learn about the layers of rhythm in West African drumming music, including the central bell rhythms, and will then experience how these rhythms translate into the familiar clave patterns in Latin jazz and popular music. Includes a discussion of slave migrations and cultural borrowing. No music experience required. Dance in Egypt as a Celebration of Daily Life The traditional dances of Egypt provide a record in movement of a vanishing way of life. They reflect aspects of village life such as water gathering, ritual combat, and the celebration of weddings. These dances symbolize a continuity of traditions in different Egyptian ethnic groups: The Fellahin, Bedouin, and Nubian peoples. Through discussion, demonstration and by encouraging audience participation, Habiba will explain the dances and movement styles of these three Egyptian groups and reveal something of the character and the essence of these peoples. Habiba: History and Mystery of Belly Dance Raks sharqi is the Arabic name for the solo interpretive dance that we call belly dance. It is one of the oldest documented dance forms and can be traced back to ancient Egypt. It has a long history as a dance done by professional entertainers, but also as a social dance that both men and women learn as soon as they are old enough to stand. Here, dance and music are inseparable from daily life, and are a vital part of weddings, feast days, and family gatherings. Habiba presents the history of the dance from ancient times to the present and demonstrates its impact on the western perception of the Middle East. Habiba will explain how the modern belly dance performance came into being and how to appreciate a belly dance performance like an Egyptian would. Habiba then performs and invites the audience to practice some moves themselves. Sing Out! Nature and Sound in Siberia Throat-singing is practiced by many cultures across Siberia including Tuva and other parts of Asia such as Mongolia. Drawing on the natural properties of the human voice, throat-singers interact and evoke the sounds of nature that surround them. In this session, learn about the physical properties of sound, including fundamentals and overtones, and become more aware of their own sonic and musical surroundings. Your group can even experiment with their own throat-singing! No music experience required. Sign up for our e-newsletter Stay up to date with the latest group opportunities through our group sales newsletter! Sign up today

The reigns of Akhenaten and Tutankhamun together form one of the most fascinating periods of Ancient Egyptian history. Along with his chief queen Nefertiti, Pharaoh Akhenaten abandoned Egypt’s long held beliefs in many gods. In its place, he established a new system that focused on a single deity: the Aten or visible disk of the sun. He founded a new capital city, ancient Akhetaten, Horizon of the Aten (modern Tell el-Amarna). He also re-envisioned the concept of kingship and the relationship of pharaoh and his god, introduced a new style of art and architecture, and even altered the language, as part of his new program.

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Propaganda is used to mobilize people in times of war. Black Bodies in Propaganda: The Art of the War Poster presents 33 posters, most targeting Africans and African-American civilians during such times. These carefully designed works of art were aimed at mobilizing people of color in war efforts, even as they faced oppression and injustice in their homeland. Witness changing messages on race and politics through propaganda from the American Civil War to the African independence movements in this innovative exhibition.

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