We like museums, so last Sunday we drove into Philly to the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Antropology. The write-up in our handy-dandy tourist guide said it had great collections of ancient artifacts, and they were not lying.
First of all, the admissions was reduced because it's summertime. And because the museum is not air conditioned! Well, given that it was founded in the late 1800s, I'm not surprised.
Anyway, even though it was quite warm inside, the exhibitions were wonderful. We saw artifacts from ancient China and Japan first -- I loved this statue of Guanyin, the Boddhisatva of Compassion. I figure everyone could use some compassion, and the ancient Chinese Buddhists thought so too.
The ancient Egyptian collection is amazing, including a couple of quite creepy mummies and this colossal sphinx, among others. I wish the face of the Sphinx was in better shape, but seeing as how it dates from around 1213 BCE, I guess I'll cut it some slack. Actually, it comes from the palace of Pharoah Merenptah, one of the best preserved palaces in the world.
We had to take a break to cool off. Luckily, there's a snack bar in one of the areas that actually seemed to have some A/C going on, so we each had a cold Coke (The. Best.) and revived ourselves.
I'm glad we did, because we had the energy to explore the Isalmic Near East gallery, which had lovely artifacts from ancient Iran. I think, given the current political situation, how beautiful the art could be. I loved the stained glass windows that somehow survived the centuries -- this one reminded me of the Tree of LIfe.
When we were done exploring the treasures of the Near East, Middle East, and Far East, we headed back to the car along the Locust Walk, a lovely, shady path through the center of Ben Franklin's campus.