Museum News & Announcements
Help us call in the Year of the Dog! Submit your best dog photo in our Year of the Dog photo contest.
PHILADELPHIA, PA 2017—‘Tis the season to transform your perspective on the world—and share the excitement of discovery with friends and loved ones!
Features The Penn Museum Egyptian Collections World-renowned Egyptologist David Silverman, Museum Curator and Penn Professor, Leads New Course OCTOBER 2017—Ancient Egypt enthusiasts and fans have a special reason to look forward to Halloween—and not just because ancient Egyptian costumes are always popular among the trick or treaters.
Penn Museum’s Egypt (Sphinx) Gallery Is Featured in Achiever Academy’s 2nd Annual Fundraiser Music Video "Remember The Time" a short film, pushed the boundaries of the music video medium with a star-studded, nine-minute epic set in ancient Egypt.
Archaeologist Teagan Schweitzer, a Penn Museum consulting scholar and a PhD recipient from the University of Pennsylvania, knows how to stretch, and in her capacity as a yoga instructor, she’ll help you stretch, too. In fact, she is a lululemon Ambassador—one of a select group of athletes that the brand, lululemon, celebrate as “a community of driven athletes and inspirational people who harness their passion to elevate their communities.”
PHILADELPHIA, PA June 20, 2017—The Penn Museum (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) in Philadelphia has been awarded a major Advancement grant—one of two such grants given this year—from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. This grant is designed to support cultural organizations in making lasting improvements to their programming, audience engagement, and financial health through bold initiatives. “We are thrilled, and honored, to be awarded this prestigious grant at a very exciting time in the Museum’s 130-plus year history,” noted Julian Siggers, Penn Museum Williams Director. “With the help of this generous grant, we will be better able to realize our expansive and increasingly relevant vision: to be the place where people of all ages can experience the thrill of discovery and gain a deeper understanding of human history, and their place in it.”
Penn Students Pilot Drones in New Digital Archaeology Course PHILADELPHIA, PA Spring 2017—On a beautiful morning in early May, two Penn students—Kristen Pearson, a junior majoring in Classics, and Lauren Aguilar, a dual degree Master’s student in Architecture and Historic Preservation at the School of Design—were out at the Morris Arboretum’s Bloomfield Farm, engaged in flight training. Their aircraft: a new DJI Mavic Pro drone.
Penn Museum is a founding partner and a core collaborator of the annual Philadelphia Science Festival, running April 21 through 29, 2017. Founded in 2011, the Philadelphia Science Festival is a nine-day, community-wide celebration of science that takes place annually in April. Featuring lectures, debates, hands-on activities, special exhibitions and a variety of other informal science education experiences for all ages, the Festival aims to provide opportunities for all Philadelphians to positively engage with and build a community around science, engineering, and technology. Created and organized by The Franklin Institute and presented by The Dow Chemical Company, the annual Festival brings science to restaurants, parks, breweries, libraries, museums and other neighborhood places!
Penn Museum Curatorial Interns Reflect on Creating an Exhibition for Penn’s Year of Media When we think of the term “media” today, we tend to think of newspapers, magazines, television, radio, or increasingly, of the myriad social media platforms where information is distributed via the worldwide web. Penn students Caroline Miller and Reggie Kramer are aiming to expand our thinking about “media.”
Penn Museum Finds New Ways to Serve Diverse Audiences PHILADELPHIA, 2017—In 2016, the Penn Museum, home to a renowned collection of art and artifacts from around the world, completed construction on a long-awaited ramp leading up from the sidewalk to the elevated Warden Garden and Main Kamin Entrance. First opened in 1899, this stately museum entrance became accessible to people using wheelchairs and pushing strollers for the first time in the Museum’s history.
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