Visitors Get a Rare Glimpse Behind the Scenes of Egyptian Artifact Conservation at the Penn Museum's New Exhibit

This autumn, Penn Museum premiered a new exhibit called "In the Artifact Lab: Conserving Egyptian Mummies." The exhibit invites visitors to the museum's third floor to view the scientists at work through a glass-enclosed laboratory for an amazing educational experience.

"In the Artifact Lab: Conserving Egyptian Mummies" is highly unique due to its interactive format. Both an exhibition and a fully functional laboratory, visitors to the museum will not only be able to see the conservators at work, they will also be able to ask questions of the people behind the glass. Twice a day, the conservators will be taking questions from the public about the process of preserving mummies.

The exhibit reveals mysteries of its own for the lay person who may have little idea of how the conservation and study of artifacts works. In addition to mummies, the conservators also study pieces of ancient culture, including paintings and objects used in funerary rites. The exhibit is an emblem of how technology makes it possible for cutting-edge ways the public can learn what the artifacts teach us today about humans thousands of years ago. 

Located off of the wing holding the exhibit on Iraq's ancient past, "In the Artifact Lab" is within the original building constructed in 1899. The wing was recently renovated to allow climate control, which plays an important role in the conservation process.

Dr. Julian Siggers, Director of the Penn Museum, noted that the museum possesses "one of the best collections of Egyptian artifacts." With ancient human history comprising a fascinating topic that resonates throughout generations, people of all ages will undoubtedly appreciate this unprecedented opportunity presented by the Penn Museum to learn about ancient peoples.  

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