‘Silk Road’ exhibition to open with Chinese mummies and artifacts

Silk Road Photo Credit: Wang Da-Gang

The Penn Museum is pleased to announce that its landmark exhibition from China, “Secrets of the Silk Road,” will now open to the public with the full complement of artifacts and mummies for a limited time only, beginning Friday, Feb. 18. 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’s presentation of the exhibition, developed exclusively for Philadelphia, and will run through Tuesday, March 15.

From March 17 through 28, the exhibition will continue, with all the artifacts but without the two mummies.

“We are delighted to be able to present the complete range of this spectacular material,” says Richard Hodges, the Williams Director of the Museum. “‘Secrets of the Silk Road’ is an historic, must-see exhibition—and we encourage people to make sure to come to the Penn Museum during its limited run.”

The modified exhibition, which had been running since Feb. 5, closed to the public on Sunday, Feb. 13, in order to install the rare artifacts, some of which are more than 3,800 years old. The traveling exhibition first opened at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, Calif., before moving to the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

The exhibition reopens to the public on Friday, Feb. 18, at 1 p.m., with extended day and evening hours.

Exhibition hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

General admission tickets cost $22.50 for adults; $18.50 for seniors (65+) and members of the military; and $16.50 for children (6 to 17 years) and full-time students with ID (includes admission to the rest of the Museum).

For more information, call 215-898-4000 or visit www.penn.museum/silkroad.


Originally published on February 17, 2011