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University of Pennsylvania Museum
33rd and Spruce Streets
Phone: 215/898-4000 - Tty: -
Statement of Purpose
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is dedicated to furthering an understanding of the history and cultural heritage of humankind, through research, educational services, and collection and care of material culture.
Highlights & Collections
Programs: For adults: lectures, symposia, workshops, demonstrations, films, concerts, throughout the year. For families and children: world culture day celebrations and children's workshops throughout the year; "Summer Magic" programs and summer camp.
One of the foremost museums of archaeology and anthropology in the country, with materials from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Asia, Africa, Polynesia, the Americas, and the ancient Greco-Roman world. Highlights: 12 ton Sphinx and architectural remnants from the Palace of Merenptah, circa 1200 BCE; samples of the first writing in the world, Chinese monumental sculpture; ancient Mayan stelae; Nigerian Benin bronzes.
Current Exhibits and Upcoming Special Events
2000 Special Exhibition Schedule:
ODUNDE African American Festival: Twenty Years on South Street
- Through January 2, 2000
- Philadelphia's Odunde Festival, one of the oldest African American street festivals in the country, is the subject of this exhibition of 30 black and white photographs by Thomas B. Morton. This exhibition was organized by the Philadelphia Folklore Project. First floor Sharpe Gallery.
Pomo Indian Basket Weavers, Their Baskets and the Art Market
- October 10, 1999 through October 1, 2000
- This exhibition, featuring 125 superb examples of turn-of-the-century California Pomo Indian basketry, explores the complex relationships between art, artist and society, tradition and change, and the outside market forces that influenced this Native American art tradition throughout the nineteenth and into the twentieth century. The exhibition is made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a federal agency, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and the California Humanities Council. 2nd floor Dietrich Gallery.
Celebrity Eyes in a Museum Storeroom (tentative title)
- Opens April 16, 2000
- In honor of the new millennium and the Spring 2000 groundbreaking for the Museum's new collection storage and study wing, the Museum invited international celebrities from diverse fields to visit the storerooms. They selected their own favorite object or objects, to be displayed in this special exhibition.
Roman Glass: Reflections on Cultural Change
- More than 200 glass vessels, bowls, cups, jugs, and unguent bottles, dating from the late 2nd century BC to the early 7th century AD illustrate how the craft of glassmaking was influenced by historical events and changing social values in the ancient Roman world.
- Through January 9, 2000 Frank H. McClung Museum, Knoxville, Tennessee
- March 22 through June 4, 2000 The Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, New York, New York
Searching for Ancient Egypt: Art, Architecture and Artifacts from the University of Pennsylvania Museum
- More than 130 Egyptian artifacts, drawn from one of the most extensive collections of Egyptian antiquity in the United States.
- October 3, 1999 through January 16, 2000 Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama
- March 25, 2000 through July 23, 2000 Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii
Treasures from the Royal Tombs of Ur
- The exhibition features jewelry of gold, lapis-lazuli and carnelian; cups of gold and silver; bowls of alabaster; an ancient lyre and other objects of Sumerian art and culture from the renowned, 4500 year old royal cemetery at Ur the city famed in the Bible as the home of the patriarch Abraham.
- October 17, 1999 through January 17, 2000 Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C.
- February 20, 2000 through April 23, 2000 Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
- May 23, 2000 through September 10, 2000 Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, N.Y.
- October 2000 through January 2001 The Oriental Institute Museum, Chicago, Illinois
Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Closed summer Sundays, Memorial Day through Labor Day, and holidays.
Tours: Saturday and Sunday, 1:30 p.m., mid-September through mid-May. Topics vary; call 215/898-4015 for schedule.
Food and Drink: Museum Café open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Museum Shops: Museum Shop hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 4:45 p.m. Pyramid Shop for children open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.; closed summers.
Admission & Directions:
Donation suggested: $5 adults; $2.50 seniors, students; free to members, children under 6, PENNcard holders. Handicapped accessible.
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