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.
Presented in conunction with the 2015-2016 Penn Humanities Forum on Sex, this exhibit offers a broad survey of how individuals from different eras and countries around the world have interpreted sexuality, gender and gender diversity through the millennia. Themes explored include "Love and Sex," "Beauty, Desire and Attraction," "Religion and Sex," "Gender Diversity," "Gender and Society" and "Initiation and Ceremony."
The historical King Midas lived in the prosperous city of Gordion, the political and cultural capital of the Phrygians nearly 3,000 years ago. In 1957, Penn Museum archaeologists excavated a spectacular royal tomb believed to be the final resting place of King Midas' father Gordios. Dating to ca. 740 BCE, the tomb contained a treasure trove of magnificent objects from the time of Midas. This world-exclusive exhibition, developed by the Penn Museum in partnership with the Republic of Turkey, is your chance to view more than 120 dazzling objects, including those from the royal tomb, on special loan from Turkish museums in Ankara, Istanbul, Anatalya, and Gordion.
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.
The early history of the Penn Museum's archaeological investigations in ancient Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) is explored in this archival exhibition curated by Penn Museum Fellow Kamillia Scott. By means of letters, photographs, diaries, and drawings, visitors encounter the pioneering expeditions to Nippur (1889-1900) and Ur (1922-1934), which resulted in some of the most spectacular finds ever made by the Penn Museum, including the Temple Library at Nippur and the Royal Tombs of Ur.
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.
Feel the rhythms of Afro-Cuban and West African drumming as this Philadelphia-based drum, music, and dance ensemble combines traditional call-and-response patterned Yoruba songs with modern folk/jazz instruments and harmonies.
Born in Hindu temples more than 2,000 years ago, Indian dance is movement, mime, and music in equal measure. Sruti, Philadelphia's India Music and Dance Society, presents the traditional costumes, jewelry, and makeup of classical Indian dancers.
Named Jordan's "Musical Ambassadress," Jordanian virtuoso Farah Siraj balances a career that spans the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. Farah performs her original compositions, fusing influences of Middle Eastern music, flamenco, jazz, bossa, and pop, with lyrics in Arabic, Spanish, and English.
Prepare to dance along to a fun, upbeat fusion of funk, salsa, and elements of Caribbean music, including calypso, zouk, and Haitian compas. Visiting from Colombia, this band joins the summer series with a powerful rhythm and energy all their own.