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Penn Museum (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology)
3260 South St. Philadelphia, PA 19104
215-898-4000
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    Upcoming events
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      Magic in the Ancient World
    • Friday, January 20, 2017
    • This exhibit features a variety of a variety of artifacts once used by ancient peoples seeking to fulfill desires through supernatural means. See amulets, incantation bowls, curse tablets, rings and other items from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome.
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      Kourion at the Crossroads: Exploring Ancient Cyprus
    • Friday, January 20, 2017
    • Kourion, one of the ancient cities of the island of Cyprus, is the subject of this small exhibition curated by students for the Penn "Year of Discovery." Excavation records, photos, videos and artifacts highlight the Museum's work in Cyprus over a 20-year period starting in 1934.
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      In the Artifact Lab: Conserving Egyptian Mummies
    • Saturday, January 21, 2017
    • Part exhibition and part working laboratory, this exhibit allows visitors to see various archaeological tools and watch as conservators work on a wide array of Egyptian funerary objects. Staff will be opening their windows twice daily to answer visitor questions.
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      World Culture Day Series: Chinese New Year Celebration
    • Saturday, January 21, 2017
    • The Penn Museum's Chinese New Year celebration, one of Philadelphia's oldest, is a daylong extravaganza held in the China Gallery--home to one of the finest collections of monumental Chinese art in the country--and throughout the international galleries of the Museum. Welcome in the Year of the Rooster, and learn more about how the Lunar New Year is celebrated throughout Asia. The whole family can enjoy traditional music and dance, tai chi and tangram workshops, a Shaolin-style Kung Fu demonstration, family gallery tours, storytelling, crafts and much more before the day ends with a drum roll, a roar, and the popular Grand Finale Lion Dance Parade.
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      Second Thoughts on "Abusive Subtitling"
    • Wednesday, January 25, 2017
    • How do market pressures of capitalism "corrupt" the translation process? Is it possible to employ subtitles in a way that that denotes cultural, gendered, linguistic, and other differences? Featured speaker Markus Nornes revisits his often-misunderstood essay, "For an Abusive Subtitling."
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      Sleepover Program: 40 Winks With the Sphinx
    • Friday, January 27, 2017
    • The Penn Museum's popular sleepover program, geared to ages 6 to 12 and their families or chaperones, invites guests on an overnight "expedition" of the Museum. The night's activities take intrepid explorers on a journey through time and across continents, with hands-on games, crafts, and more. A scavenger hunt and a flashlight expedition through the galleries offer new ways to connect with the ancient artifacts awaiting discovery. Later in the night, explorers roll out their sleeping bags to doze at the foot of the largest granite Sphinx in the Western Hemisphere.
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      Great Beasts of Legends Lecture: Monsters of the Maya Cosmos
    • Wednesday, February 1, 2017
    • Dr. Simon Martin, Associate Curator and Keeper, American Section, Penn Museum, offers this lecture in the Great Beasts series. The Maya universe was populated by a variety of strange beasts and hybrid entities, some as actors in mythic narratives, others as symbolic representations of the sky, earth, and netherworld. However bizarre and complex their form, each had a coherent part to play in a wider religious system. One of the more energetic areas in Maya studies today is the effort to fathom their meanings and, by doing so, enter the imagination and consciousness of an ancient American people.
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      Color Between the Wines - Featured Artifacts: Sphinx & Palace of Merenptah
    • Wednesday, February 1, 2017
    • Gather your co-workers and friends for this adult coloring meet up. Socialize and recharge with other adult coloring book enthusiasts as you illustrate images and designs based on Penn Museum artifacts. Depart on a mini-gallery tour at 6:30 pm to get inspiration from world-renowned art and artifacts. Wine, beer, light dinner fare, and snacks are available for purchase in the Pepper Mill Café. Coloring materials are provided.
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      Evening Expedition: New Program for Families With Special Needs
    • Saturday, February 4, 2017
    • Join other local families at the Penn Museum for an unforgettable night of sensory-friendly fun. Designed for children ages 8 and older, teens and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, this program offers a hands-on look into the lives of the ancients through active, engaging, multisensory activities. Our evening explorers take part in an interactive game show, enjoy an introductory lesson on ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, perform adaptive yoga, make crafts, and even touch artifacts from our ancient Peruvian mummy cart! The night culminates with a flashlight tour of select Museum galleries. All participants should bring a flashlight for the Flashlight Expedition, and may also bring their own dinner and/or snacks. A sensory-friendly cool down space will be available to visit for the duration of the event. Email or call Megan Becker at meganbe@upenn.edu or 215.573.5309 with any questions about the event. Advance registration required: www.penn.museum/calendar.
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      Gallery Romp: Ancient Central America
    • Saturday, February 4, 2017
    • Young children (aged 3-6) and their favorite grownups are invited to explore the Penn Museum's galleries through stories, crafts, and play. In February's Gallery Romp, children help the Lord of the Night make the Earth a happier place with music and colors in this classic Aztec tale. The workshop is limited to 25 people and purchasing tickets before the program is encouraged.
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      Family Second Sunday - Destination Nigeria: Masks
    • Saturday, February 11, 2017
    • Every second Sunday of the month now through May, families are invited to join a Museum educator to learn new perspectives about ancient and contemporary cultures through hands-on activities. In February, guests take inspiration from the African Gallery to design their own masks. Whether for rites of passage, dances, or to honor ancestors, African masks are worn for spiritual purposes. Discover masks from several cultures of Nigeria on a Look and Learn tour through the gallery 1 or 3 p.m.
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      Afternoon Lecture - Pharaoh Alexander the Great: The Egyptian Background of the Alexander Romance
    • Saturday, February 11, 2017
    • Dr. Jacco Dieleman, Associate Professor of Egyptology, UCLA, and the 2016-17 Shelby Cullom Davis Center Fellow, Princeton University, speaks at this American Research Center in Egypt - Pennsylvania Chapter talk. The Alexander Romance is an ancient popular narrative about the conquests and legendary exploits of Alexander the Great. Likely composed from various sources in Greek in Alexandria in the Roman period, it was translated throughout Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages into many other languages, and expanded with every new revision. Dr. Dieleman discusses the legend that Alexander was not the son of King Phillip of Macedon, but of Pharaoh Nectanebo II, the last native pharaoh of Egypt. Though unfounded, this claim is not fully without historical merit. A careful analysis of the period shows that the birth-legend is likely the product of a careful negotiation about political legitimacy and cultural authenticity between Egyptian elites and their new Greek rulers following Alexander's conquest of Egypt in 332 BCE.
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      Second Sunday Culture Film Series: Deaf Culture Program - "Making Noise in Silence"
    • Sunday, February 12, 2017
    • "Making Noise in Silence (2015)" and excerpts from other short films on deaf culture and language will be screened. What are hearing people missing by not being able to sign with deaf people? What parts of deaf culture are hard to translate? What is an accent in American Sign Language? These and many other questions will be addressed in this program of short films. Filmmaker Mina Son attends the program, which is introduced by Jami Fisher, American Sign Language program coordinator in Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania. ASL interpreters will be on hand. The Penn Museum's Second Sunday Culture Film Series-held in conjunction with the 2016-2017 Penn Humanities Forum on Translation-is curated around the themes of translation, accents, and languages. Film screenings are free with Museum admission. For the full list of upcoming screenings in the series, visit www.penn.museum/culturefilms.
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      P.M. @ Penn Museum School Nights: Love Potion #9
    • Wednesday, February 15, 2017
    • Valentine's Day is over, but tonight is a chance to explore your own romantic beliefs and superstitions, and those of your friends. Find ancient magical solutions to your modern problems in the Magic in the Ancient World exhibition. Have a drink, learn about ancient aphrodisiacs, and create your own love potion. $20 General Admission ($15 Museum members) includes one beverage.
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      Talk & Optional Magic Gallery Tour - Giving to the Gods: Votives & Magic at Sardis, Turkey
    • Sunday, February 19, 2017
    • Dr. Jane DeRose Evans, Professor of Art History, Temple University, offers this Archaeological Institute of America, Philadelphia society talk, followed by an optional gallery tour of Magic in the Ancient World with exhibition curators Robert Ousterhout and Grant Frame. Since the beginning of coinage in the west, people have given their gold, silver and bronze coins to the gods. At Sardis, two deposits offer insight into some of these practices: one contains coins that the worshipper made certain only the gods could use; the second worshipper manipulated coins to appeal to the gods of the mountains and the storms. Both deposits shed light on the blurry line between standard religious practices and magical practices, as well as the political and economic fortunes of the city. The lecture is free; the tour is included with Museum admission.
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      Center for Ancient Studies Conference: Alcohol in the Ancient World
    • Friday, February 24, 2017
    • Beer, wine, and other fermented beverages have played an important role in the social, political, economic, and religious lives of humans for thousands of years. At this free conference, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Ancient Studies, Penn graduate students from diverse disciplines present current research that focuses on the role of alcohol in ancient times. Friday evening's Keynote Speaker is Dr. Patrick McGovern, Scientific Director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Project for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages, and Health at the Penn Museum, and author of numerous books, including Ancient Wine (Princeton University), Uncorking the Past (University of California), and a soon-to-appear new book, Ancient Brews Rediscovered and Re-Created (WW Norton, 2017). Free. Details at the Center for Ancient Studies website: www.sas.upenn.edu/ancient.
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      World Culture Day Series: Celebration of African Cultures
    • Saturday, February 25, 2017
    • Modern African dance and traditional African music, an African marketplace, a mancala game station, craft making for families and more converge at the Penn Museum's annual Celebration of African Cultures. Local griots and artists lead guests in an interactive exploration of traditions from across the African continent, set among the Museum's collection of textiles, sculpture, and masks in the Africa Gallery, and among statuary and tomb materials from 5,000 years of Egyptian culture in the Egyptian galleries.
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      Second Sunday Culture Film Series: Language is Culture - Irish Program
    • Sunday, March 12, 2017
    • "In the Name of the Fada (2008)." An Irish American comedian makes it his mission to learn Irish/Gaelic language well enough to crack people up, in this episodic piece from Irish National TV. A series closing reception open to all features an Irish tea party. Dr. Joseph Lennon, Villanova University, and Vicki Brady, Irish Fulbright scholar, lead discussions after the film.
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