Penn Museum

Art from Mexico

During visits to the Penn Museum this semester, nearly 200 students in intermediate Spanish classes had the chance to learn about yarn paintings by the Huichol people, an indigenous group in Northwest Mexico.

Louisa Shepard

Penn Libraries receives major gift of rare photographic plates by Edward S. Curtis

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries has received a rare collection of 151 interpositive glass plates by photographer Edward S. Curtis (1868–1952) from collector William H. Miller III. Appraised at $4.2 million, the gift to the Penn Libraries complements holdings across the University, making Penn a major center for research and work on Curtis, one of the most prolific American photographers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 

Monica Fonorow

In the News

Philadelphia Inquirer

From naked Greek athletes to Marian Anderson’s elegant velvet concert gown, new show at Penn Museum is dressed for all occasions

The Museum’s current exhibit, “The Stories We Wear,” was featured. “Our idea began with turning that on its head and showing why jewelry and clothing and footwear and anything you can think of that you can put on your body is actually important and meaningful,” said curator Lauren Ristvet.


Associated Press

New-York Historical Society selects new trustee chair

H.M. Agnes Hsu-Tang, a consulting scholar to the Penn Museum, has been elected chair of the New-York Historical Society’s Board of Trustees.



5 historical garments that showcase the link between fashion and identity

“The Stories We Wear,” a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, was featured. “We often dismiss fashion as frivolous," said curator Lauren Ristvet. "But our appearances are important. The way we dress communicates who we are and what we do."


Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn Museum’s first artist in residence encourages others to ‘transcend without fear’

The Museum’s first artist in residence, Carlos José Pérez Sámano, is partnering with local Latino community leaders to present free creative writing workshops.


KYW Newsradio (Philadelphia)

Art from times of ancient Olympics on display at Penn Museum

Ahead of the Summer Olympics, the Penn Museum is displaying an ancient vase decorated with running athletes. “Athletics were universal even in the ancient world,” said Ann Brownlee.


The Wall Street Journal

‘Invisible Beauty: The Art of Archaeological Science’ review: More than meets the eye

A Penn Museum exhibition featuring scientific images of ancient artifacts was reviewed.