Artifact Conservation on Display at the Penn Museum

Visitors to the Penn Museum have long had the opportunity to marvel over the beauty and rarity of the many artifacts on display. But until now, they've never had the chance to see the actual process of discovery that goes into restoring and preserving each artifact.

With the opening of a new exhibition and an ongoing partnership between the Museum's Conservation Department and its Egyptian Section, this unfolding process will be out in the open for visitors to witness. "In the Artifact Lab: Conserving Egyptian Mummies" places conservators at the center of the exhibit, showcasing them studying, cleaning, repairing and restoring some of the Museum's 42,000 ancient Egyptian artifacts.

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Photos by Steve Minicola, University Communications