Native American Voices: The People—Here and Now

New exhibition open until 2019
Ruth and Earl Scott Gallery, 2nd floor
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Today’s Native American leaders are speaking. Come and listen.

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Sacred Spaces: The Photography of Ahmet Ertug

Vaults of Heaven: Visions of Byzantium
Heaven on Earth: Churches of Constantinople

Hagia Sophia interior

"We knew not whether we were in heaven or on earth...we only knew that God dwells there among men."—Ambassadors to Prince Vladimir of Kievan Rus' on seeing the churches of Constantinople, 987 CE.

The splendor of Byzantine Christian art—preserved through the ages in early Christian churches in both Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and the Cappadocia region of Turkey—is the focus of an expanded, large-scale photography exhibition.

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Year of Sound: Hollywood in the Amazon

August 18, 2013 through July 27, 2014
Special Exhibitions Gallery, 3rd floor.

HollywoodIn 1931, an expedition from the Penn Museum introduced a revolutionary new research method in the remote Amazonian jungles of Brazil. Transporting state-of-the-art equipment by sea, air, and river, the team arrived in territory occupied by the Bororo people and recorded an expeditionary film, Matto Grosso, the Great Brazilian Wilderness, incorporating live sound. It was the first time non-Western people were seen and heard on sound-synced film. A collaboration between Academy award-winning cinematographer Floyd Crosby (father of musician David Crosby), wealthy industrialist E. R. Fenimore Johnson (whose father founded Victor Talking Machine Company), big game hunter Sasha Siemel, and Penn Museum anthropologist Vincenzo Petrullo, the groundbreaking film is presented in its entirety.

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Year of Proof: Making and Unmaking Race

Trescher Entrance Lobby, 1st Floor

Is there such a thing in humans called race?

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In the Artifact Lab: Conserving Egyptian Mummies

Upper Baugh Pavillion, 3rd Floor

Live Mummy Conservation!

Part exhibition, and part working laboratory, a glass-enclosed conservation lab brings you right into a museum conservator’s world. See the tools of the trade and watch as conservators work on a wide array of Egyptian objects including rare paintings, ancient funerary objects, and, of course, mummies! Enjoy this unique opportunity to follow conservators as they protect, restore, and preserve pieces of ancient Egyptian history in this 2,000 square foot exhibition.

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Imagine Africa with the Penn Museum

How do you imagine Africa? Do you see it as the home of powerful nations? Do you think of intricately carved masks or fine art? Maybe you’re interested in the peoples living in Africa today.

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