Day 2 Saturday June 10 Penn Museum private tour:
After breakfast (on own) we will assemble in the lobby at 9:15 to transfer to the wonderful University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Founded in 1887, the Penn Museum has always been one of the world's great archaeology and anthropology research museums, and the largest university museum in the United States. With roughly one million objects, the Penn Museum encapsulates and illustrates the human story: who we are and where we came from.
At 10 am, we will be treated to a private tour of the Egyptian collection by Dr. Stephen Phillips. Dr. Phillips – who is part of the University of Pennsylvania Museum Egyptian curatorial team – is also a renowned Egyptian archaeologist and anthropologist still actively working on Giza plateau excavations.
The Penn Museum houses one of the largest collections of Egyptian and Nubian material in the United States, numbering in excess of 42,000 items. Assembled through nearly a century of archaeological research, this collection is unusual in that the vast majority of the objects were obtained through archaeological investigations in Egypt and entered the Museum through a division of finds with Egypt's Antiquities Service. The collection, in fact, spans ancient Egypt's entire history, from the Predynastic Period (circa 4000 BCE) through the Greco-Roman Period and into the Coptic Period (ending in the 7th century CE). It also includes a large number of material categories, such as architecture, statuary, minor arts, domestic artifacts, textiles, papyri, pottery, tools, jewelry, weapons, funerary objects and human and animal remains.
After the tour we will break for lunch (optional) and have the rest of the afternoon to continue exploring this vast museum.
** OPTIONAL MINI SEMINAR - American Research Center in Egypt - Pennsylvania Chapter is having a mini seminar on June 10 in the afternoon!
"Queenship Through the Ages” Rainey Auditorium 1pm - 6pm June 10.
This is perfect after our visit to Penn Museum in the morning!
Dr. JJ Shirley, Managing Editor, The Journal of Egyptian History
Dr. Ann Macy Roth, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Art History and Skirball Department of Hebrew & Judaic Studies, New York University
"Bald Queens with Pointy Shoulders and other Egyptian Royal Women of the First Twelve Dynasties"
Dr. Kelly-Anne Diamond, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History, Villanova University
"New Kingdom Queens: The Ascending Gender Paradox"
Dr. Beth Ann Judas, President, ARCE-PA
"Queenship in the Age of the Ptolemies"
In the evening, we will also have optional group dinner plans.
Overnight Courtyard by Marriott Philadelphia Downtown.
Day 3 Sunday June 11 Laurel Hill Cemetery & Glencairn Museum:
After breakfast, we will check out of our hotel, storing our bags at the front desk and assemble at 9:30 to visit a breathtaking outdoor museum gem of Philadelphia: The Laurel Hill Cemetery. More than just a cemetery, Laurel Hill is an outdoor sculptural garden, a horticultural gem and a truly unique historical resource. It also happens to be one of the few cemeteries in the United States to be honoured with the designation of National Historic Landmark. We will have a private tour with a guide of our own to see some of the highlights, along with striking examples of Egyptian symbolism. There will also be time to enjoy the flora and natural beauty of the grounds on a late Spring morning.
Midday, we will all board ubers or taxis for a 30-45 minute ride to the suburbs to visit a one-of-a-kind and not-to-be-missed castle/museum. The Glencairn Museum is a museum of Eastern & Western religious history housed in a medieval-style castle – built between 1928-1939 as a private residence. Glencairn’s galleries provide visitors with the opportunity to explore the religious beliefs and practices of a variety of cultures and time periods. Objects in the Egyptian Gallery are organized around religious themes like Egyptian Gods and The Embalmer’s Art: Mummy, Myth and Magic. The Ancient Near East Gallery includes a scale model of the Tabernacle of Israel. The collection of Neo-Assyrian reliefs includes a large representation of a guardian spirit intended to magically protect the king’s palace. And the Greek and Roman Galleries feature a life-size marble statue of the Roman goddess Minerva-Victoria. We will enjoy a private tour of the highlights of this extraordinary museum at 1pm. After this tour, we will return to the hotel to pick up our bags (in storage) and transfer to our flights home. (transport cost to airport not included)
Price $575USD per person based on twin share. $100 deposit to confirm your spot
Tour price includes:
2 nights Accommodation at the Courtyard by Marriott Philadelphia Downtown
4 guided cultural tours with admission; University of Pennsylvania Museum - private tour by Dr. Stephen Phillips, Glencairn Castle/Museum, Masonic Temple tour & Laurel Hill Cemetery tour
Transportation between our hotel and the sites
Small donation to the University of Pennsylvania Museum
Transportation to and from Philadelphia or Airport transfers
No meals included
Insurance and any items of a personal nature or extra sightseeing.
Single supplement $210USD
Cancellation details -
31days or more $100 non refundable, 30days - 8 days $200 nonrefundable , 7days or less 100% non refundable
Max Group Size: