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University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205)
Stephen John Tinney (Project Director: August 2016 to present)

Galleries of the Ancient Middle East

Implementation of the reinstallation of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology’s collection of art and artifacts of the Near East.

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum) is requesting funds to support the reinstallation of our permanent galleries housing collections from the Near East. Since its founding in 1887, the Penn Museum has excavated an unparalleled constellation of sites in the Middle East, producing some of the most significant and unique artifacts in the history of archaeological excavation. Scheduled to open in Fall 2017, the newly installed permanent galleries will more than double the exhibition space dedicated to objects from the Near East, allowing more of this important collection to be displayed than ever before. The new galleries will vividly explore life in the Mesopotamian and ancient Iranian world-from writing to burial practices, agriculture to music, cooking to transportation-and reveal how much our modern urbanized world owes to these ancient societies.

Project fields:
Anthropology; Archaeology; Near and Middle Eastern History

Exhibitions: Implementation

Public Programs

Total amounts:
$250,000 (approved)
$250,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2017 – 12/31/2018