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ShopRite – there is no ShopWrong!

ShopRite – there is no ShopWrong!

Exploring Philadelphia Museums
[caption id="attachment_229" align="aligncenter" width="377"] The outside of the Please Touch Museum does not scream children in any way...[/caption] The Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia is truly unlike any other museum in the city. First of all, it lives in a historic building created during the Nation’s centennial. Visitors walk up many stairs (fewer than the art museum) to reach the entrance and a breath-taking dome greets you in the main hall. Second, the Please Touch Museum caters to the needs, interests, and curiosities of children! It can be startling to suddenly tower over the majority of the museum’s visitors and have to search to find a chair that is adult size. The Please Touch Museum is a place where children can engage in dramatic play and “collect” experiences. Dramatic play…
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HatshUPSET Tradition.

HatshUPSET Tradition.

Exploring Philadelphia Museums
The Pennsylvania University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is full of wonders to be discovered. With exhibitions showcasing objects from places like the Middle East, Asia, and North America, there is something for every museum visitor to find here. Capturing my interest on this trip though was the Egyptian galleries. I have been fascinated with Ancient Egypt since I was a child and couldn’t pass up the chance to look at artifacts I had previously only read about. [caption id="attachment_213" align="aligncenter" width="487"] A statue of Hatshepsut wearing the iconic pharaoh's beard.[/caption] Walking through the gallery, this object label immediately jumped out at me. “Lintel of Hatshepsut and Thutmosis III”. There have been so few women rulers of the ancient civilization that I recognized her name and it immediately captivated me.…
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South Street: Where the MAGIC Happens.

South Street: Where the MAGIC Happens.

Exploring Philadelphia Museums
[caption id="attachment_206" align="aligncenter" width="386"] An outside shot of Magic Gardens.[/caption] Visiting Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (PMG) had been a trip I had been looking forward to from the start of the semester. This museum was in my neighborhood – I get to walk by Isaiah Zagar’s murals on my way to the grocery store. However, the visit has made me take a closer look at my new community. Within the past two weeks I have noticed at least three new murals! [caption id="attachment_205" align="alignleft" width="272"] Isaiah Zagar peaks through one of the many bicycle wheels incorporated into his work. Image from Philadelphia's Magic Gardens.[/caption] Magic Gardens is a relatively new institution to Philadelphia as it only became a non-profit organization in 2004 and opened to public visits in 2008. It all…
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Tunnel Escape: Can you DIG it?

Tunnel Escape: Can you DIG it?

Exploring Philadelphia Museums
As soon as I glanced at the map and saw the words “escape tunnel” I knew I had to see it. Even though it was a little far away and we only had twenty minutes, I dragged my group from class across the prison to see an actual prison break attempt. Located in cellblock 7 is an exhibit dedicated to the 1945 Tunnel Escape. [caption id="attachment_187" align="aligncenter" width="472"] The tunnel exhibit has two rooms and wall hanging labels in cellblock 7.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_184" align="alignleft" width="225"] In cell 68 the entrance to the tunnel that twelve inmates of Eastern State Penitentiary escaped out of.[/caption] In 1945, twelve inmates of Eastern State Penitentiary escaped through a tunnel they had dug through a cell wall, down twelve feet, across the yard, under the…
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WOWgner is More Like It!

WOWgner is More Like It!

Exploring Philadelphia Museums
The Wagner is like no other museum I have visited in Philadelphia so far. Founded by William Wagner in the 1850s, the 150-year-old building in Northern Philadelphia is home to the Wagner Free Institute of Science. William Wagner sought to create an institution that would provide free and accessible education for Philadelphia’s working-class adults. The current Wagner Free Institute of Science still looks almost exactly as I did when William Wagner died in 1885 and still creates programming for accessible education. The institution has been described as a “museum of a museum” and walking through the door can feel like stepping back in history. In fact, the museum has received National Historic Landmark status and works to preserve the building and collection to their late nineteenth century status. [caption id="attachment_178"…
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It’s LIT-erature at the Rosenbach!

It’s LIT-erature at the Rosenbach!

Exploring Philadelphia Museums
My visit to the Rosenbach was extremely satisfying to my inner literary nerd. This library and museum provided us with the opportunity to see rare items like a first edition of Don Quixote, the manuscript of Ulysses, a first edition of Phillis Wheatly’s poetry, a second folio of Shakespeare’s plays, and so much more. As the guide led us through the collection spaces, my smile grew larger and larger. The tour through the permanent collection was amazing and I enjoyed my time with our docent, Steve, in the permanent collection space! In addition to the tour of the collection, the Rosenbach has a special exhibition space for visitors to explore on their own. The exhibition we visited, Of Two Minds: Creative Couples in Art and History, highlights work that has been…
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The Museum that is DINO-mite!

The Museum that is DINO-mite!

Exploring Philadelphia Museums
*boom* A cup full of water jumps a little. *Boom* The water ripples significantly. *BOOM* Water almost jumps out of the cup.   *RRAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUHHHH* As the T-Rex appears the children in the jeep make wide eyes and others try to not to attract any attention with their movements. We are all familiar with this iconic moment from Jurassic Park introducing one of mother nature’s most feared predators: Tyrannosaurus rex. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1koa2xAxCAw [caption id="attachment_143" align="alignright" width="225"] Tyrannosaurus rex stares down visitors entering Dinosaur Hall[/caption] Standing tall at almost twelve feet, the Tyrannosaurus rex greets visitors to The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University’s Dinosaur Hall. While perhaps not as scary as we all remember the T. rex scene in Jurassic Park being as children, walking towards this beast is still intimidating.…
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I RooseFELT the History

I RooseFELT the History

Exploring Philadelphia Museums
Wondering the cobblestone streets in Old City, I wasn’t quite sure if I would ever find the American Philosophical Society. It took some direction and help but once I was there, this place blew me away! The small exhibition titled “In Franklin's Footsteps: 275 Years at the American Philosophical Society” told the story of the APS through the accomplishments of its members and the society’s impressive collection. The 275th anniversary celebration featured items like Benjamin Franklin’s library chair, journals from Lewis and Clark, and a draft of the title page for On the Origin of Species handwritten by Darwin himself! Hung on the wall directly next to Darwin’s title page are two letters - one to Alexander Graham Bell and another from past President Theodore Roosevelt. These letters are placed…
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This Exhibit PengWINs!

This Exhibit PengWINs!

Exploring Philadelphia Museums
[caption id="attachment_123" align="aligncenter" width="415"] Four of the Twenty-Two Humboldt Penguins at the Philadelphia Zoo. Image courtesy of the Philadelphia Zoo.[/caption] One of the last things I expected to see on a warm September day was a group of penguins in the middle of Philadelphia. No, they were not accompanying Mr. Popper but swimming about in their chilly pool, that they call home at the Philadelphia Zoo. After a stressful week of grad classes, these Humboldt penguins are a joy to watch! They can spend time chilling and floating about on their backs but also excite visitors when they race through the water in front of glass walls. According to the Philadelphia Zoo, these birds “have superb swimming skills rivaling seals and porpoises.” I recently got to watch the Humboldt’s swimming…
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Discovered on an ARTventure

Discovered on an ARTventure

Exploring Philadelphia Museums
Strolling through the galleries of European art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, this piece literally took my breath away. I had already been captivated by countless other works hanging from the walls by Van Gogh, Cezanne, and Cassatt, but this oil painting by Claude Monet left me breathless. It was the colors that attracted me at first. They were bold and intense and not the foggy pastels I was used to in a Monet. Nymphéas, Japanese Bridge quickly became the standout for me of this museum trip. Sold by Monet’s son, the painting belonged to two collections before being gifted to the museum in 1974. [caption id="attachment_107" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Nymphéas, Japanese Bridge, 1918-1926, Oil on canvas, Claude Monet, European Painting. Image Courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art[/caption] It took…
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