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On this day in 532 CE, Emperor Justinian I ordered the construction of the Hagia Sophia, a great Christian basilica in Constantinople. Completed five years later, the church was eventually converted into a mosque following the city's capture by the Ottoman Empire in 1453; today, it is a public museum.

"Heaven on Earth: Churches of Constantinople," a special exhibition of large-scale...
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This Saturday, our popular World Cultures Series invites visitors of all ages for an exciting exploration of African cultures! The day features modern African dance and traditional African music, a mancala game station, craft workshops, and more, all free with Museum admission.

Celebration of African Cultures

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02/21/2017 at 15:20. Facebook
“ISIS is not just trying to wipe people off the face of the earth by killing them,” says Richard Leventhal, Director of the Penn Cultural Heritage Center at the Penn Museum. “They are also destroying their history.”

Meet the volunteers who are risking their lives to save Jewish history in the Middle East

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Last week, students in the Museum Exhibition Planning and Design (MEPD) program at the University of the Arts visited the Penn Museum to hear about some of the strategies that guide our exhibitions. They heard from Kate Quinn, Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs at the Museum; Kate brought the class on a tour through some of our current gallery offerings (including the "Magic in the...
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Hear from one of the world's leading experts on the history of alcohol and fermentation. This Friday at 6pm, Dr. Pat McGovern presents the keynote lecture in "Alcohol in the Ancient World," a free conference hosted by the Center for Ancient Studies at Penn.

Alcohol in the Ancient World | Dr. Patrick McGovern, Keynote Speaker

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These two images show views of opposite sides of the gateway to the Palace of Merenptah (13th son and heir of Ramses the Great), excavated in 1924 in Memphis, Egypt. The decorations are almost (but not quite) mirror-images of each other, with both sides illustrating aspects of Merenptah’s divine kingship. In this scene, Merenptah stands opposite the creator god, Atum, who gives the king the...
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Teacher Talks at the Penn Museum—designed for middle school and high school teachers in the School District of Philadelphia—invite educators to increase content knowledge and explore new ways to teach students about the ancient world, through insider access to a variety of the Museum’s educational resources. Our next Teacher Talk is next Wednesday, February 22; click to learn more and register.

Teacher Talks | Professional Development at the Penn Museum

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Traditional African music and contemporary African dance, storytelling, arts, crafts, an African marketplace, games, gallery tours, and more—it all comes alive this month at the Penn Museum’s Celebration of African Cultures, presented Saturday, February 25.

Annual Celebration of African Cultures

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Drop by for a free lecture at the Museum this Sunday, February 19 at 2:00 pm, presented by Dr. Jane DeRose Evans, Professor of Art History at Tyler School of Art, Temple University. After the talk, attendees can join a guided tour of our special exhibition, "Magic in the Ancient World," free with ticketed Penn Museum admission.

Giving to the Gods: Votives and Magic at Sardis, Turkey

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"The Hasanlu Lovers."

Found together in a bin of plaster covered mudbrick during excavations in 1973, these intertwined skeletons date to the destruction of Hasanlu (ca. 800 BCE), an ancient city in present-day Iran. The evocative position in which they were found has led to speculation about their identities and relationship to each other.

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Applications are now being accepted for the Teen Summer Internship program at the Penn Museum. Current high school students have the opportunity to learn about careers in a variety of museum departments, including conservation, exhibitions, education, and others. Click to learn more and apply.

Teen Summer Internships at the Penn Museum

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This past Friday wasn't just a typical day in the Penn Museum Archives.

Penn Museum solves the mystery of the locked valise

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Registration for the Penn Museum's "Anthropologists in the Making" Summer Camp is now open! Campers ages 7 to 13 explore mythology, dance, music, art, and customs from both ancient civilizations and modern-day cultures.

"Anthropologists in the Making" Summer Camp

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This Sunday from 1-4pm, our Family Second Sunday Workshop invites you to drop in for a hands-on exploration of African maskmaking. Take inspiration from masks on display during a Look and Learn gallery tour, and create your own mask at a craft station. The workshop is free with Museum admission, and is sponsored by PECO.

Family Second Sunday Workshop | Destination Nigeria: Masks

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What's in the mystery box? A box of items bearing the name of Mary Louise Baker (1872–1962), an artist who worked at the Penn Museum from 1908 to 1936, arrived this week in the Penn Museum Archives—the exact contents of which we're not completely aware. Today, Archivist Alex Pezzati is opening the mysterious "Baker Box" and exploring the contents for the first time, during our weekly, public...
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Make tonight a lecture night. Dr. Janet Monge, Associate Curator-in-Charge and Keeper of our Physical Anthropology Section, speaks about Homo floresiensis, the smallest adult skeletal specimen in the whole of human evolutionary history.

Great Beasts of Legend: The Hobbits of Flores Island: Myth, Magic, Majesty of Homo floresiensis

Standing at 3 ½ half feet tall, and about 75 pounds, Homo floresiensis is the smallest adult skeletal in the whole of human evolutionary history. Found in 20...

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What's in the mystery box?

Let's back up a bit. Mary Louise Baker (1872–1962) was an artist who worked at the Penn Museum (then known as the University Museum) from 1908 to 1936. Baker made an indelible mark on the Museum; her artistic contributions included beautiful, painstaking depictions of Maya pottery in our collection, as well as the model of the Throne Room of Merenptah that is still...
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What are hearing people missing by not being able to sign with deaf people? What parts of deaf culture are hard to translate? What is an accent in American Sign Language? These and other questions are addressed this Sunday, February 12, in a program of short films presented as part of our ongoing Second Sunday Culture Films series.

Deaf Culture Program | Second Sunday Culture Films

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This Saturday, February 11: Dr. Jacco Dieleman, Associate Professor of Egyptology, UCLA, and the 2016-17 Shelby Cullom Davis Center Fellow, Princeton University, speaks in an afternoon lecture here at the Museum.

Pharaoh Alexander the Great: The Egyptian Background of the Alexander Romance

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