Penn Museum objects

Visitors to the Penn Museum know that the significance of its collections’ objects span time, continents, and historical value.

Penn Museum history
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Visitors to the Penn Museum know that the significance of its collections’ objects span time, continents, and historical value.

The Museum’s objects were recently recognized in an illustrated, full-color book, “History of the World in 1,000 Objects,” published by DK in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution. Roughly 20 percent of the objects included in the book come from the Museum’s world-renowned international collections.

“We are delighted to have contributed such a significant amount to this rich new compendium of art and artifacts that speaks to the history of humanity and human achievement—but we aren’t surprised that our collection would lend itself to such a volume,” says Julian Siggers, Williams Director of the Penn Museum.

In this edition of By The Numbers, the Current explores the ways in which the Penn Museum’s objects represent the world’s historical timeline.

200Number of entries in “History of the World in 1,000 Objects” concerned with objects from the Penn Museum’s collections.
1,000,000Approximate number of objects housed in the Penn Museum’s collections.
14Number of full-page spreads in “History of the World in 1,000 Objects” dedicated to Penn Museum items.
233Number of “separate objects” (calculated by counting individual item numbers) included in “History of the World in 1,000 Objects.”
100Number of items included in “History of the World in 1,000 Objects” that are also currently on display at the Penn Museum.
1Number of bead shawls included among the Penn Museum objects in the book, made up of 86 strands of beads that total 3,574 beads.
5,000Approximate number of objects on display in the galleries at the Penn Museum.

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