The 2,000 square foot exhibition tells important stories of Native American successes in achieving independence as sovereign (self-governing) Nations. Through old and new objects, video and audio recordings, and digital interactive opportunities, this exhibition allows visitors to develop a new understanding of the original inhabitants of this land, as told through Native American voices. There are four main themes presented in the exhibition: Local Nations, Sacred Places, Continuing Celebrations, and New Initiatives.
This fall, discover more about traditional Native American cooking tools, ancient Egyptians’ penchant for tilapia, and the merits of wine decantation, as the Penn Museum explores food, drink, culture and cuisine through the international galleries. Guests are invited to take a Culinary Expedition, visiting 10 food-related artifacts in the Museum galleries via a new self-guided tour.
This pecial exhibit draws upon more than 25 objects from the Penn Museum collection to explore the human phenomenon of valuing and collecting colored stone through the ages. From the dark blue lapis lazuli and deep red carnelian stones quarried in far-flung regions and favored by ancient Mesopotamians, to the many-colored mosaics found in ancient Israel, to the finely chiseled marble sculptures of the ancient Greeks and Romans, and the smooth soap stone carvings of Native American peoples half a world away, human ingenuity with colored marble and stone is on display.
Pith helmets are optional for this special night at the museum. Journey through time and across continents with hands-on opportunities, games and crafts while you explore Egypt, mummies and hieroglyphics.
Kente cloth is a fabric created by the Akan people of Ghana. The Museum will be hosting a drop-in workshop where families can create their own kente cloth-inspired paper weavings, learn some Akan proverbs, and view goldweights in the Africa Gallery.