The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has joined with the nearby Franklin Institute to offer area residents and Philadelphia visitors an unparalleled ancient Egyptian experience-at a double ticket discount price even a pharaoh like Cleopatra would appreciate!
From June 5, 2010 through January 2, 2011, The Franklin Institute hosts a major new exhibition from Egypt, Cleopatra: Search for the Last Queen of Egypt.
Penn Museum, world renowned for its Egyptian archaeological expeditions and research, boasts ancient Egyptian galleries and artifacts representing 5,000 years of history. Penn Museum visitors can stand before the world's third largest sphinx dating to the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II (ca. 1279-1213 BC) and walk amongst monumental architectural elements from the Palace of his son the Pharaoh Merenptah (ca. 1213-1203 BC). Two popular exhibitions delve deeper: The Egyptian Mummy: Secrets and Science, explores mummification, while Amarna, Ancient Egypt's Place in the Sun, tells the story of the short-lived royal city that was Pharaoh Tutankhamun's childhood home.
During the Cleopatra exhibition at The Franklin Institute, the Penn Museum offers a self-guided tour, "Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt"—in print and as a downloadable podcast—exploring the long tradition of pharaonic rule that ended, forever, with the suicide of Cleopatra in 30 BC.
"We're delighted to partner with The Franklin Institute to offer the public an immersive ancient Egyptian experience that may not be possible anywhere else outside Egypt," noted David P. Silverman, Penn Museum's Egyptian Section Curator-in-Charge, and the Eckley Brinton Coxe Chair in Egyptology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Silverman, who curated the recent Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibition at The Franklin Institute and co-curated Penn Museum's related show, Amarna, Ancient Egypt's Place in the Sun, is the principal consulting curator with the Cleopatra exhibition at The Franklin Institute.
Beginning May 5, the discounted DOUBLE TICKET to Cleopatra and the Penn Museum, featuring a savings of as much as $4.50 per ticket, can be purchased by calling 1-877-TFI-TIXS. Double tickets can also be purchased onsite at The Franklin Institute (please note, the double ticket is not available onsite at Penn Museum).
Double ticket pricing, and hours for both museums, is below, and online at both museum websites, beginning May 5:
Double Ticket Pricing
Adults: Weekday $32.00 / Weekend $35.00 / Evening $25
Senior: Weekday $28.00 / Weekend $31.00 / Evening $21
Child* / Student: $22.00 / $22.00 / Evening $14*
Franklin Institute Members, 7-Days a Week: Adults: $20.00, Children: $14.50
Franklin Institute Members should call 215-448-1231 to reserve the double ticket.
Weekday is Mon-Thurs, Weekend is Fri-Sun.
Evening prices are valid for Cleopatra admission Thurs-Sun only from 5:00pm-7:00pm.
Please check both museums' hours when planning your trip.
Prices include admission to Cleopatra and Penn Museum.
Weekday/Weekend tickets also include General Admission to The Franklin Institute.
Cleopatra tickets are timed and dated, while Penn Museum tickets are not.
Cleopatra Exhibition Hours at The Franklin Institute
Monday - Wednesday: 9:30am - 5:00pm, with last entry at 3:30pm.
Thursday - Sunday: 9:30am-8:30pm, with last entry at 7:00pm
222 North 20th Street (20th and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway)
Penn Museum Hours
Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00am to 4:30pm, Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 pm.
3260 South Street (across from Franklin Field) on the Penn campus.
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 400 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, the Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind's collective heritage.
Penn Museum is located at 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (on Penn's campus, across from Franklin Field and adjacent to SEPTA's University City Regional Rail station serving the R1, R2, and R3 lines). Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm, Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Closed Mondays and holidays. Admission donation is $10 for adults; $7 for senior citizens (65 and above); $6 children (6 to 17) and full-time students with ID; free to Members, Penncard holders, and children 5 and younger; "pay-what-you-want" after 3:30 pm Tuesday through Saturday, and after 4:00 pm Sunday. Penn Museum can be found on the web at www.penn.museum. For general information call (215) 898-4000.
Located in the heart of Philadelphia, The Franklin Institute is a renowned and innovative leader in the field of science and technology learning, as well as a dynamic center of activity. Four floors of exhibits include the brand-new interactive Changing Earth and Electricity, in addition to The Giant Heart, Franklin Air Show, Space Command, and Sports Challenge. The museum also houses three state-of-the-art theaters: Fels Planetarium, Tuttleman IMAX Theater, and a new 3D/HD theater. Pennsylvania's most visited museum, The Franklin Institute is dedicated to creating a passion for science by offering new and exciting access to science and technology. For more information: www.fi.edu.
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Photos, top and bottom:
Visitors look up to see the 3,200 year old Sphinx--the third largest ancient sphinx in the world--in the Penn Museum's Lower Egyptian Gallery.
A larger than life statue of Ramesses II, ca. 1250 BC, dominates the Penn Museum's Upper Egyptian Gallery.