Without archaeologists, Machu Picchu would have been seen as a prime spot for a new Dallas Cowboys stadium, and the Rosetta Stone would be nothing more than an above-average coffee table. Give an archaeologist a high-five and the secret Incan handshake with today's Groupon to the P.M. @ PENN MUSEUM series, which takes place on Wednesday evenings from 5 p.m.–8 p.m. at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (normally a $10 suggested donation for general admission).
Museum mavens can participate in a number of engaging activities during the P.M. @ PENN MUSEUM series, including exclusive gallery tours of the historically enthralling exhibits, trivia games, cooking workshops, and stimulating world music and dance performances. In addition, visitors can browse the Museum's three gallery floors, which feature priceless and fascinating artifacts from Mesopotamia, Egypt, Africa, the Americas, and some of Earth's other 19 places. A happy hour with specialty cocktails, wines, beers, and light supper offerings for purchase is held in the Museum's new Pepper Mill Café until 7:30 p.m.
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has a four-star average from Yelpers and was voted as one of the top five best museums in Philadelphia in 2010 and 2008 by CityVoters:
- A fabulous place to get lost in! If you want to travel the world and can't find your passport, this is where you go. – Jdomal, CityVoter
The Penn Museum hosts its fourth annual P.M. @ Penn Museum Summer Nights concert series, presented in the Museum's verdant outdoor Stoner Courtyard on the University of Pennsylvania’s idyllic campus. Just inside, guests can immerse themselves in the Museum's newest exhibition, "Black Bodies in Propaganda: The Art of the War Poster," before moving on to explore a world of art and artifacts, many obtained from archaeological and anthropological expeditions conducted by the Museum since its founding in 1887. Wandering its galleries, guests explore rare objects from the near and distant past, including those found in the Egypt (Sphinx) Gallery, home to a monumental granite sphinx circa 1200 BCE. Elsewhere, visitors marvel at intricate bronze and ivory carvings from West Africa's Kingdom of Benin, created between the 17th and 20th centuries, and intricately carved Maya stone stelae from pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. Changing exhibitions showcase travelling collections or draw from the Museum's vast collection of objects from every inhabited corner of the globe.