Shop, Second Site Shop and Pyramid Shop:
World this Holiday Season
This Indonesian puppet is one of the countless
from around the world at UPM.
At the three shops of the University of Pennsylvania
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (The Museum Shop, the
Second Site Shop, and the Pyramid Shop for children), visitors
can survey the continents and never leave Philadelphia. At
holiday time, the shops provide distinctive gift-giving opportunities
with items from around the world.
This holiday season the UPM Shops are extending
a special 15% discount to the public Saturday and Sunday, December
6 and 7. Penn faculty and staff as well as HUP and CHOP employees,
with I.D. card, receive the 15% discount on Friday, December
5, as well.
Shoppers can feel especially good about their
UPM holiday purchases, as the three shops put the spotlight
on their Fair Trade vendors, selected because of their practice
of working closely with groups and villages around the world
to improve local economies and aid in developing self-sufficient
communities. UPM Shops offer a variety of clothing, jewelry
and gift items created by women in Afghanistan, craftspeople
in Africa, village collectives in Central America, and Tibetan
With the opening
of UPM's vividly colorful
new exhibition, Mythic Visions: Yarn Paintings of a Huichol
Shaman, the Shops are offering many Central and South American
goods. Visitors can enhance their experience of this new exhibit
by purchasing vibrant, one-of-a-kind yarn paintings or beadwork,
handcrafted by the Huichol Indians of northwestern Mexico.
cultures of Asia are well represented in the Museum's Buddhism
and Chinese Rotunda galleries, and in the Shops. Shoppers
can come face to face with Burmese life-sized
puppets and smaller Indonesian puppets, or find distinctive
handmade paper to write that special note. Buddha has many
forms in the Shops. Shoppers can find the right items to set
up a mini-altar, buy a sympathetic Quan Yin, or protect their
house with the jolly Chinese god Hotei. Beads and china shards
from China help create necklaces and boxes that are beautiful
The Museum's African gallery features materials
and cultures from throughout that diverse continent; artisans
of the African continent are well represented in the Shops,
as well, with stone and tin sculptures of real and fanciful
animals. Fabulous masks, woven baskets, purses, and lidded
containers from throughout the continent make both useful and
artistic gifts. Books detailing the history and cultures
of Africa are on sale, as well as reproductions of ancient
Egyptian and Nubian artifacts, and jewelry inspired by the
the holidays be without nativity scenes and warm clothing
for the long winter ahead? The Shops
feature ceramic nativity scenes from South America, cornhusk
scenes from Africa, and Tibetan scenes with wooly yaks. There
are also fabulous mittens and hats made from combinations of
wool and silk. Fashionable scarves represent many cultures
past and present. Boiled wool purses, both large and small,
are must-have accessories, but shoppers should hurry...they
sold out early last year. Also back by popular demand,
the Shops feature hand-loomed jackets and vests from Nepal,
with profits from these items going to support the needs of
Last but certainly not least, shoppers will
find a sumptuous selection of old and new, not borrowed, but
definitely blue, lapis lazuli tribal jewelry from Afghanistan.
The stones are from the very same mines as the ones found in
the jewelry adorning the ancient princesses of Mesopotamia.
One can choose from earrings with a contemporary flare to authentic
distinctive shops, UPM shopping is more fun than ever before--and
visitors can always shop for free. The Second Site Shop, off the
refurbished Trescher Entrance, and the larger Museum Shop on
floor, feature jewelry, books, crafts and clothing from around
the world. Second Site Shop hours: Tuesday through Saturday,
12 to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. The Museum Shop closes
15 minutes before the Museum.
Shop for children includes books, games and activities for
children, teachers and families, and
sports a new look and almost twice the space it had before.
Pyramid Shop hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3:30
p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Online shopping is available for some
more information, or to order by phone, call (215) 898-4040
or toll free 877-359-4695.
Proceeds from all purchases at the UPM Shops
go towards the many public programs and research efforts of