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  • Capital Campaign

    Destination 2012

    In June 2010, following approval from its Board of Overseers, the Penn Museum announced Destination 2012, part of the University of Pennsylvania’s landmark $3.5 billion Making History CampaignDestination 2012 invites stakeholders and friends to support the vision outlined by Williams Director Richard Hodges in a new, five-year strategic plan to enable the Museum to better showcase its extraordinary Collection and be a great public teaching museum for Penn’s students and faculty, the Greater Philadelphia region, and, through its website and research projects, individuals all over the world who seek a greater understanding of their cultural heritage.

    Through the Destination 2012 Campaign, the Museum seeks funding for the following major initiatives:

    Renovation of the West Wing of the Museum’s original, 1899 building will provide long-awaited climate control, renovated galleries, state-of-the-art conservation and teaching labs and a lovely private event space.

    Revitalized program of changing exhibitions, large and small, with engaging related programming, will bring ancient and contemporary world cultures to a broad range of regional and tourist audiences.

    Expanded conservation staff and internship program with enhanced facilities will restore the Penn Museum to its place as a world leader in object conservation and training and enable better stewardship of its Collection.

    New student programs, including field schools, internship programs and lab-based curricular courses, will strengthen ties between the Museum and the University and put the Penn Museum at the forefront of field and laboratory-based archaeology training in the United States.

    Digitized collections and research archives will make the Penn Museum’s world-renowned Collection universally accessible, through powerful databases and virtual online exhibitions.

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  • Collections

    Since its founding in 1887, the Penn Museum has collected nearly one million objects, many obtained directly through its own field excavations or anthropological research. The Museum's vast and varied collections are in active service to the University of Pennsylvania community and researchers from all over the world. Our collections include objects from the African Section, American Section, Asian Section, Babylonian Section, Egyptian Section, European Archaeology Section, Historical Archaeology Section, Mediterranean Section, Near East Section, Oceanian Section, and Physical Anthropology Section.

    The University of Pennsylvania Museum was the first institution to take a public stand on the highly controversial subject of cultural heritage policy. On April 1, 1970, the Museum issued what came to be known as the Pennsylvania Declaration, stating that no object would be purchased unless accompanied by a pedigree, including "information about the different owners, place of origin, legality of export, etc." Read more about the Pennsylvania Declaration.


    2012 marks the 125th anniversary of the Penn Museum. As part of the year-long celebration, the Museum has launched its online Collection Database now available at www.penn.museum/collections

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    Access to the Collections
    Read about access  to our collections for Penn Instructors and for Researchers.

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    • About our Collections

      Since its founding in 1887, the Penn Museum has collected nearly one million objects, many obtained directly through its own field excavations or anthropological research. The Museum's vast and varied collections are in active service to the University of Pennsylvania community and researchers from all over the world.

      Search the Collections Database


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    • Collections Access

      Since its founding in 1887, the Penn Museum has collected nearly one million objects, many obtained directly through its own field excavations or anthropological research. The Museum's vast and varied collections are in active service to the University of Pennsylvania community and researchers from all over the world.

      Search the Collections Database


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    • Collections Highlights
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    • Conservation

      The Penn Museum’s Conservation Department is tasked with the long term preservation and conservation of the Museum’s object collections.

      Working with other Museum staff, our duties include:

      • review, treatment, and setting exhibition parameters for all objects going on exhibition or out on loan
      • setting travel requirements for all objects going on loan or traveling as part of an exhibition
      • working with Collections staff to provide the best possible environment for the long term preservation of collections in storage
      • providing conservation consultation for Museum staff, researchers, students, and the general public

      Additionally, we have a number of work-study students and pre-program interns helping out.

      A view of one of the Conservation Department’s temporary lab spaces in the Mainwaring Wing. For the past three years, the Conservation Department has been housed in temporary workspaces in the Museum’s Mainwaring Wing while our usual permanent space in the bottom level of the West Wing of the Original 1899 building undergoes extensive renovation. This has provided the opportunity to plan new, enlarged, and improved laboratory spaces. These will include a large treatment lab with area ventilation; a walk-in fume hood; a separate office space; a ‘clean space’ for working on textiles, paper artifacts, matting, and storage mounts; a digital x-ray suite and laser-cleaning station; a dedicated photography area; and a seminar room/library.


      Conservation Projects

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    • Cultural Heritage
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    • Donate an Object
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    • Loan Procedures
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    • NAGPRA

      During a Tlingit consultation visit in January 2008, Andrew Gamble, Jr. (Kaagwaantaan clan leader), Herman Davis (L’ooknax. ádi clan leader), and Tom Young (Kaagwaantaan Box House leader) donned Tlingit clan regalia, including three hats in the Penn Museum’s collections. Photo by Robert W. Preucel The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA)

      On 17 November 1990, “The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act” (PL 101-601) was signed into law. This act mandates the return of specific kinds of objects to Native Americans, makes illegal their trafficking across state lines, and is specific about the process and procedures for archaeological excavations. The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum) is primarily affected by the first of these three requirements, involving museum collections. Five categories of objects are identified in the law: human remains, associated funerary objects, unassociated funerary objects, objects of cultural patrimony, and sacred objects. 

      Since the passage of NAGPRA, and in compliance with the law, the Penn Museum has mailed over 1000 letters to federally recognized tribes informing them of our holdings and extending invitations to consult with us about our holdings. As of 2011, 42 formal repatriation claims seeking the return of collections have been received and 25 repatriations have been completed resulting in the transfer of 232 sets of human remains, 750 funerary objects, 14 unassociated funerary objects, 20 objects of cultural patrimony, 22 sacred objects and 2 object claimed as both cultural patrimony and sacred.

      In the spirit of the law, Penn Museum’s repatriation staff has worked vigorously to accurately inventory and research our collections, and to inform, consult and cooperate successfully with tribes about the items in our care. Observing and listening to native representatives talk about the objects has in several cases been especially rewarding and informative - in a very real sense, it has brought life to the collections.

      NAGPRA has simultaneously forced us to face a variety of difficult challenges, some solutions to which are still evolving as the repatriation process unfolds. Finding common ground between native interpretations of the law and those of the Museum has been a particular test, and it is in this area that ongoing discussions with tribes are most often focused.

      For more information about NAGPRA please see the National Park Service (U.S. Department of the Interior) National NAGPRA website.

      Inquiries about repatriation concerns and procedures should be submitted in writing to:

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      Richard Hodges
      The Williams Director
      University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
      3260 South Street
      Philadelphia, PA 19104-6324

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    • Objects on Loan

      The Penn Museum has an active loan program involving institutions all over the world. Encompassing artifacts from the Museum's many sections—African, American, Asian, Babylonian, Egyptian, Mediterranean, Near East, and Oceanian—as well as the Museum Archives, these loans generally form part of larger exhibitions curated and designed by other museums, either for showcase in their own galleries or for the purpose of traveling to multiple venues.

      By agreeing to loan our objects and participate in these exhibitions, we share our extraordinary collections with audiences that may never have the chance to visit the Penn Museum. Loaning objects also provides scholars the opportunity to interpret our collections in light of their own interests, allowing for a diversity of narratives told through the use of our collections.

      If your museum is interested in borrowing from our collection, please read our Loan Procedures.

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    • Registrar's Office
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      • Acquisitions
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      • Traveling Exhibitions

        Our traveling exhibitions further the Museum's stated mission to advance the understanding of the world's cultural heritage. The department produces high-quality shows, drawn primarily from the vast collections of the Museum, available to institutions around the globe. Below are traveling exhibitions that are either currently traveling and/or are available to borrow.

        For information on hosting one of our exhibits at your museum or institution, please call Traveling Exhibitions at (215) 746-6976 or send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

         

        Download the Traveling Exhibitions catalogue


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    • What in the World?
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  • Education
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    • Educators (K-12)

      On behalf of the Learning Programs Department, welcome to the Penn Museum! We are delighted to share the Penn Museum’s world-class collection with you through meaningful, interactive learning experiences.

      All of our workshops, tours, programs and resources are designed to complement, enrich, and extend classroom learning. Our unique offerings integrate a variety of curricular guidelines, including the Common Core, local, state, and national standards; they also correlate to STEM and STEAM learning and 21st Century Skills.

      What’s more, these opportunities connect learners to a global context, foster critical thinking, and draw correlations between the ancient and modern worlds. They offer different entry points to topics for visual, audio, and kinesthetic learners and also introduce museum literacy skills—how to learn and function in a museum setting. So please bring your whole class— all are welcome!


      Plan a K-12 Field Trip to the Penn Museum

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    • FAQs
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    • For Penn Instructors
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    • For Penn Students

      Students at the Archaeological Field Project in Tuscany.The Penn Museum has many opportunities for members of the Penn community to learn and to contribute to our own educational mission. Admission for Penn faculty, staff and students is, of course, free. We welcome all to come to the Museum to enjoy the historic building and grounds which now have wireless connectivity in most galleries and gardens.

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      • Student Events

        To see all upcoming events for Penn Students, check out the Events Calendar


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      • Student Research

        Student Research

        Penn Museum offers Penn students many opportunities to conduct original research or to interpret, study, and analyze objects and archives through the lens of their own curricula or specialties.

        Penn students are able to engage in Museum research in a variety of ways:

        If you have any questions regarding student research at the Penn Museum, including “How do I begin?”, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

         


         

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      • Student Organizations
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    • General Info
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    • Tours
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  • Exhibitions
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    • African Section Research
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    • American Section Research
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    • Asian Section Research
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    • Babylonian Section Research
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    • Egyptian Section Research

      The Museum houses one of the largest collections of Egyptian and Nubian material in the United States, with more than 42,000 items. Assembled through nearly a century of archaeological research, this collection is unusual in that a majority of the objects were obtained through archaeological investigations in Egypt. Because the museum has worked at a wide range of sites (provincial and royal cemeteries, palaces, temples, towns, sanctuaries and settlements), the collection spans ancient Egypt's entire history, from the Predynastic Period (circa 4000 BCE through the Greco-Roman Period and into the Coptic Period (ending in the 7th century CE). It also includes a large number of material categories, such as architecture, statuary, minor arts, domestic artifacts, textiles, papyri, pottery, tools, jewelry, weapons, funerary objects and human remains.

      A major part of the collection, however, results from excavations sponsored by the Penn Museum. The Museum sponsored excavations in settlements and cemeteries in Nubia; at Egypt's ancient capital city of Memphis (Mit-rahina); in the cemeteries at Dendera, Giza, Dra' Abu el-Naga (near Thebes), and Meidum; and at the major cult center of Abydos, among others. Before originating its own excavations, the Penn Museum contributed funding to support the work of the Egypt Exploration Fund (later Egypt Exploration Society), a British organization responsible for archaeological excavations throughout Egypt. In particular, it funded the work of Sir William M. Flinders Petrie, one of the foremost archaeologists working in Egypt at the time. As a result, the Museum obtained a significant portion of the material awarded to this project by the Egyptian government. Among the most important artifacts are the Predynastic and Early Dynastic remains, which document the earliest periods of Egyptian history and the formation of the unified state.

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    • European Archaeology Research
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    • Historical Archaeology Research
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    • Mediterranean Section Research

      Since its inception, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has supported a strong program of research and excavation in the Mediterranean world. Highlights include an emergency underwater excavation of a shipwreck off Porticello, Italy, (dating between 415 and 385 BCE); the Greek colony of Sybaris, Italy (founded around 720 BCE); the settlement and surroundings of Vrokastro, Crete (Middle Minoan, with a reoccupation from about 1250 BCE to the 7th century BCE)); the city and cemeteries of Kourion, Cyprus (Late Bronze Age into the Hellenistic and Roman periods); a merchant vessel shipwreck off Kyrenia, Cyprus (4th century BCE)); Gordion, Turkey, once ruled by the famed King Midas (Early Bronze Age into the Roman period); and the Extramural Sanctuary of Demeter and Persephone at Cyrene, Libya (ca. 600 BCE) until the mid third century CE).

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    • Near East Section Research
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    • Physical Anthropology Research
      Staff
      Janet M. Monge, Ph.D. Acting Curator-in-Charge and Keeper of Collections
      Francis E. Johnston, Ph.D. Curator Emeritus
      Alan E. Mann, Ph.D. Curator Emeritus
      Robert S.O. Harding, Ph.D. Associate Curator Emeritus
      Rebecca Huss-Ashmore, Ph.D. Associate Curator Emerita
      Eduardo Fernandez-Duque, Ph.D. Consulting Curator
      Theodore G. Schurr, Ph.D. Consulting Curator
      Claudia Valeggia, Ph.D. Consulting Curator
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    • Reports from the Field
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    • Research at the Penn Museum
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    • Adopt an Artifact
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    • Annual Giving
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    • Capital Campaign

      Destination 2012

      In June 2010, following approval from its Board of Overseers, the Penn Museum announced Destination 2012, part of the University of Pennsylvania’s landmark $3.5 billion Making History CampaignDestination 2012 invites stakeholders and friends to support the vision outlined by Williams Director Richard Hodges in a new, five-year strategic plan to enable the Museum to better showcase its extraordinary Collection and be a great public teaching museum for Penn’s students and faculty, the Greater Philadelphia region, and, through its website and research projects, individuals all over the world who seek a greater understanding of their cultural heritage.

      Through the Destination 2012 Campaign, the Museum seeks funding for the following major initiatives:

      Renovation of the West Wing of the Museum’s original, 1899 building will provide long-awaited climate control, renovated galleries, state-of-the-art conservation and teaching labs and a lovely private event space.

      Revitalized program of changing exhibitions, large and small, with engaging related programming, will bring ancient and contemporary world cultures to a broad range of regional and tourist audiences.

      Expanded conservation staff and internship program with enhanced facilities will restore the Penn Museum to its place as a world leader in object conservation and training and enable better stewardship of its Collection.

      New student programs, including field schools, internship programs and lab-based curricular courses, will strengthen ties between the Museum and the University and put the Penn Museum at the forefront of field and laboratory-based archaeology training in the United States.

      Digitized collections and research archives will make the Penn Museum’s world-renowned Collection universally accessible, through powerful databases and virtual online exhibitions.

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3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 898-4000

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