Danielle’s First Visit to the Penn Museum

Salutations!!!!! The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology is also known as the Penn Museum. It is easy to get to and it is hard to miss because IT’S SOOOOO BIG!

At first approach you feel the past in the architecture and pediments. Once inside, you feel like you are in Ancient Greece.

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi curated the Special Exhibition that I saw. You can hear how he describes the exhibit in his own words by clicking here. Then scroll down to hear the many reasons to see this exhibit of beautiful posters from his personal collection.  Because it deals with how black bodies are used in war propaganda, it makes you think about how the posters either tried to trick you or convince you that what you are seeing is really the way things are, but of course are far from the truth!

You can use the interactive touch screen to study the posters for the details and learn more about how targeted propaganda was used to convince people to join up in the war efforts from the civil war to the African Independence Movement eras. My first project in school this year is about propaganda so I know that this exhibition will help me right away in Social Studies. I would also mention that in the Imagine Africa exhibition space there were white boards asking for comments and I like the idea of including the voices and opinions of the spectators in a public space.

I also got to visit a camp during the summer called Anthropologists In the Making, for elementary and middle school aged students. In this program there is a different theme each week including fun arts and crafts. The theme for my visit was “tricksters week.” I heard tales and myths about African folklore tricksters like Anazi the spider. There is no camp for teens yet, but there might be someday!

Even if you don’t go inside the museum, there are so many fun places to get out of the sun outside on the grounds to hangout and just sit down and relax!

The museum is so big and there is no possible way to see all the exhibits in one day so each month I will update you with my adventures in a new one! Well tata for now and I’ll be updating ya soon!

READY TO VISIT the Penn Museum? Check out the Penn Museum profile page for the hours you can use your STAMP pass!

This post was written by Danielle Romano, a STAMP Teen Council member. Danielle attends Girard Academic Music Program.