"See You Later" Weekend at the Penn Museum

Saturday, July 7, 2018 - 10:00am - Sunday, July 8, 2018 - 8:00pm
3260 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

Penn Museum’s Building Transformation Project—announced with construction hard hats in the Harrison Auditorium last fall—continues apace, as a new suite of signature Middle East Galleries just opened, while refurbishments and renovations for additional galleries, amenities, and meeting spaces are well underway.

After July 8, the Museum’s iconic and beloved lower level Egypt (Sphinx) Gallery closes for extensive artifact conservation, the first step before eventual renovations and re-envisioning for the new Ancient Egypt & Nubia Galleries. That means that after more than 100 years of educating and entertaining guests, the Museum’s beloved red granite Sphinx—the largest ancient Sphinx in the Western Hemisphere, surrounded by colossal architectural elements of a Pharaoh’s palace circa 1200 BCE—is taking a break. The new Ancient Egypt & Nubia Galleries are expected to open in four to six years.

“See You Later” Weekend July 7 and 8
On the final weekend that the Sphinx is accepting visitors, July 7 and 8, a Penn Museum photographer will be on hand, 1:00 to 4:00 pm, to immortalize the visit with family and Sphinx portraits for all guests—to be emailed as keepsakes until the Sphinx returns on view—and a new, updated family photo can be taken!

Arts and Culture
Historical Preservation / Archaeology
Global Region: 
North America
Global Region: 
American (United States)