Mummies Up Close
Inside 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.