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Secrets of the Silk Road Modified

February 8, 2011, Volume 57, No. 21

Silk Road

Update: Silk Road Mummies and Artifacts

The Silk Road is currently ‘under construction,’ but beginning Friday, February 18 at 1 p.m. the Penn Museum’s landmark exhibition, Secrets of the Silk Road, will open with the full complement of rare artifacts and mummies for a limited time. The  Museum will extend day and evening hours to help accommodate those who wish to experience this extraordinary exhibition during its limited run.
The artifacts and mummies—making their exclusive East Coast appearance—will be on display in the Museum through Tuesday, March 15. From March 17 through 28, the exhibition will continue, with all the artifacts but without the two mummies from western China.

For hours, timed tickets and tours see www.penn.museum/silkroad or 877-77-CLICK (25425).



Penn Museum regrets to announce that its specially-ticketed Secrets of the Silk Road exhibition, scheduled for February 5–June 5, has been modified, and will open without artifacts and mummies from China, at the request of Chinese officials.

The rich, multimedia Silk Road gallery experience—featuring text, images, sound, maps, a recreated excavation site, and interactive stations—will now be free with regular admission.

The Museum’s extensive Silk Road programming will take place as scheduled including an ongoing monthly lecture series on Great Adventures along the Silk Road; the Mummy Symposium: Anatomy of a Mummy; the international Silk Road Symposium, Reconfiguring the Silk Road: New Research on East-West Exchange in Antiquity, and a talk by Spencer Wells, National Geographic Society.

Weekend programs building on the Silk Road run through March: Mummies: Through Time, Across Continents and Explore the Silk Road.

All who have purchased advance tickets will be fully reimbursed. Individual ticket holders who visit the Museum for their reimbursement will be given free general admission on the day they visit. They may also opt to receive their reimbursement online, or by calling (888) 695-0888 (but will not receive a free pass to the Museum in this case). Groups may call (215) 746-8183 to receive reimbursement or opt to visit the Museum, and the modified gallery experience, at the regularly discounted general group admission price. The Museum will be contacting all those who have purchased advance tickets. Patrons with questions about their tickets may call (215) 746-4174.

Related: Penn Museum's 30th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration: February 12

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