MUSEUM
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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      In the Artifact Lab: Conserving Egyptian Mummies
    • Saturday, August 27, 2016
    • 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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      Guided Gallery Tours
    • Saturday, August 27, 2016
    • The Museum offers guided gallery tours of select galleries during the weekend. Tours leave from the Daniel G. Kamin Entrance. Topics vary; see the website for details.
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      The Golden Age of King Midas
    • Saturday, August 27, 2016
    • The museum seeks to answer a 3,000-year-old question: What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? On display will be more than 120 ancient objects from Turkish museums.
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      The Golden Age of King Midas
    • Saturday, August 27, 2016
    • 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.
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      Magic in the Ancient World
    • Saturday, August 27, 2016
    • 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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      The Boys of Sumer: Discovery in Mesopotamia
    • Saturday, August 27, 2016
    • 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.
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      Kourion at the Crossroads: Exploring Ancient Cyprus
    • Saturday, August 27, 2016
    • 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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      P.M. at Penn Museum: El Caribefunk
    • Saturday, August 27, 2016
    • 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.
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      Brown Bag Lecture: Three Phases of Sans Souci
    • Thursday, September 8, 2016
    • J. Cameron Monroe, University of California, Santa Cruz will give a talk on excavations at the remains of Sans Souci, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Haiti. The palace was home to Henry Christophe, once a slave who lead the Haitian Revolution of 1804 and became king. In Nevil Classroom. Bring lunch.
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      Fringe Festival: Theatre in the Galleries: The Eumenides
    • Saturday, September 10, 2016
    • The third play in Aeschylus' great masterpiece, "The Oresteia," "The Eumenides" was written more than 2,500 years ago. In response to the pleadings of his sister Electra and at the command of the god Apollo, Orestes has murdered his mother, Clytemnestra, who murdered of his father Agamemnon. As a consequence, Orestes finds himself tormented by the terrible Furies, hideous ancient goddesses of the Underworld divinely charged with punishing blood murders. Audience members follow the actors through the Museum's third-floor galleries
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      Teju Cole: Known & Strange Things
    • Wednesday, September 14, 2016
    • Award-winning author Teju Cole sits down with Amardeep Singh, a noted scholar of global English literature, to discuss the ways translation has shaped Cole's life and work, and how it informs his new book "Known and Strange Things" (Random House and Faber & Faber), a collection of essays on art, literature, photography, and politics. Photography critic for The New York Times Magazine, Cole presented his own photography in a recent solo exhibition, "Blind Spot," which included an essay Cole wrote about his experience with temporary blindness. A book signing will follow the program, which is presented as part of the 2016-2017 Penn Humanities Forum on Translation.
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      Rebooting Antiquity: Holy Wars, Media Hype & Digital Technologies
    • Wednesday, September 21, 2016
    • Neil Asher Silberman, archaeologist, author, and managing partner of Coherit Associates, will give an illustrated lecture about some recent discoveries and ongoing controversies in the Americas, Europe and Asia that exemplify dramatic new directions that archaeology is taking in the age of the internet and globalization.
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      International Day of Peace: Origami Cranes
    • Saturday, September 24, 2016
    • Fold origami paper cranes - a symbol of peace - at an afternoon craft table. Guests write a message of peace on the cranes, donating one to hang on a special peace display and another to a fellow museum visitor.
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      Gallery Romp: Ancient Rome
    • Saturday, October 1, 2016
    • Young children and their favorite grownups are invited to journey to ancient Rome, where they will discover the origins of the seasons though the tale of Proserpina's journey into the Underworld. Register at www.penn.museum/galleryromps.
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      Turkish Film Festival: Mustang
    • Sunday, October 2, 2016
    • This third film in the festival series is the story of five orphaned sisters living under strict rule in a Turkish village while members of their family prepare their arranged marriages.
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      Color Between the Wines: Bull's Head Lyre
    • Wednesday, October 5, 2016
    • Socialize with other adult coloring-book enthusiasts and illustrate images and designs based on Penn Museum artifacts. Guests depart on a mini-gallery tour at 6:30 p.m. to get inspiration. Wine, beer, light dinner fare and snacks are available for purchase in the Pepper Mill Café. Coloring materials are provided.
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      Great Beasts of Legend Lecture: Anzu, the Lion-Headed Eagle
    • Wednesday, October 5, 2016
    • Steve Tinney, an associate curator in the Babylonian Section, starts takes an in-depth look at Anzu, one of ancient Mesopotamia's iconic monsters, a giant eagle with a lion's head, depicted in art from as early as 2500 BCE. As a symbol of the gods and friend of heroes, Anzu's early career seems benign, but somewhere along the way his ambition gets the better of him.
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      Lecture: Archaeology & Conservation in Turkey
    • Thursday, October 6, 2016
    • C. Brian Rose, a professor of archaeology at Penn and curator of the museum's Mediterranean Section, will talk about archaeology and conservation in Turkey in the 20th and 21st centuries. His will be the keynote address in a conservation symposium. Rose is director of the museum's Gordion Archaelogical Project in Turkey.
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      Turkish Film Festival: Bliss
    • Friday, October 7, 2016
    • This 2009 movie, called "Mutluluk" in Turkish, is about a young, newly returned war veteran - and son of the village leader - who is ordered to take a young girl believed to have been violatied to Istanbul and kill her. Instead, they run away together.
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      Turkish Film Festival: Motherland
    • Sunday, October 9, 2016
    • This 2015 drama follows a divorced, urban woman as she returns to the village of her grandmother's birth to write a book and is confronted by the unwelcome arrival of her mother.
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      Family Second Sunday: Roman Mosaics
    • Sunday, October 9, 2016
    • Mosaics were a common feature in public buildings and the homes of the wealthy in ancient Rome. Take a Look and Learn tour through the gallery at 1 or 3 p.m. Then, create an original mosaic inspired by the Ancients. This drop-in program is free with Museum general admission.
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      Second Sunday Film: Chinese Restaurants - Canadian Plains
    • Sunday, October 9, 2016
    • Watch this short film by director Cheuk Kwan, who will join Josephine Park, an associate professor of English and Asian American Studies at Penn, for a post-screening discussion. The film follows the charming and gregarious Jim Kook, who came to the prairie town of Outlook, Saskatchewan, as a "paper son" using a dead Chinese Canadian's identity. Kook became fluent in the language and culture of the plains of Canada, in the process making himself and his New Outlook Café essential to the town for 40 years.
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      DIY Craft Night: Milk, Shake and Take
    • Thursday, October 13, 2016
    • Make a sekere, working with the sekere musician Omomola Iyabunmi, founder of the Women's Sekere Ensemble. The sekere is a traditional West African percussion instrument made from a dried gourd with beads woven into a net that covers the gourd. The ticket price includes a glass of wine, beer or soda.
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      International Archaeology Day
    • Saturday, October 15, 2016
    • There will short talks by archaeologists, interactions with Museum educators featuring touchable reproductions, and behind-the-scenes tours of archaeology labs. Craft workshops, games and tours of the Rome and Etruscan Italy Galleries round out the day.
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      Lecture: Crafts & Consumerism in Predynastic Egypt
    • Saturday, October 15, 2016
    • Emily Teeter, an Egyptologist at the Oriental Institute in Chicago, offers a close look at artifacts of Egypt's Predynastic Period (ca. 4500-3100 BCE). Teeter asserts these can tell us much about society in the era before writing. Changing styles of stone vessels, the decoration of painted pottery and the choice of materials all attest to early consumerism, links between craftsmen and the market and claims of status through personal possessions.
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      Afternoon Concert: Relache
    • Sunday, October 16, 2016
    • The new music ensemble will play a composition by ensemble member Chuck Holdeman, a bassoonist, and accompany three fantastical Méliès silent films, ca. 1903, with music by Phillip Johnston.
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      Turkish Wine Tasting
    • Wednesday, October 19, 2016
    • Participate in a tutored wine tasting featuring ancient grape varieties by the Turkish Vinkara Winery.
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