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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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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