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Opening Saturday, April 21
Penn Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Middle East Galleries
The 4,500-year-old crowning jewelry of a Mesopotamian queen. One of the world’s oldest wine vessels. A baby’s rattle. A school child’s first writing primer. A workman’s tool. Through these extraordinary objects and over 1,200 more, the new suite of Middle East Galleries, the first in a series of galleries that are part of the Penn Museum’s ambitious Building Transformation Plan, takes the visitor on a journey, exploring how ancient Mesopotamian societies gave rise to the world’s first cities—cities not so very different, in many ways, from our own. Tapping into the Museum’s pioneering work in Mesopotamia, breadth of curatorial expertise, and renowned collection, the suite of three galleries—“Towards Cities,” “Ur: The Great City,” and “The World of Cities”—offers on a 10,000 year human expedition, from early writing and record keeping to religion and burial practices, transportation, agriculture, cooking, and the arts.
Details online. An opening weekend festival features talks, music, family activities and much more.