Mummies Up Close

Inside the Penn Museum’s Artifact Lab

June 3, 2014

Mummies Up Close: Inside the Penn Museum's Artifact Lab

Go behind the scenes of the Penn Museum’s Artifact Lab.

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology’s Artifact Lab is an open laboratory where museum visitors get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of conservators at work.

Molly Gleeson, the Artifact Lab’s project conservator, talks about some of her current projects. Every object contains a bit of mystery—like the Egyptian Shabti dolls and box (on long-term loan from the Philadelphia Museum of Art) and a very fragile pre-dynastic mummy.

The lab hosts question and answer periods twice a day, Tuesday through Friday at 11:15 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.