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Penn's Silk Road a "Must-See"

"...one of the hottest events on the East Coast."

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    University of Pennsylvania Museum Director Richard Hodges talks about the "Secrets of the Silk Road" exhibition, which is making it's only east coast stop in Philly. (Published Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011)

    It wasn’t easy getting China’s Silk Road exhibit at the Penn Museum, but it's there now and it's getting great reviews.

    In a Washington Post write-up, Philip Kennicott says:

    "The curtailed run of the show, and the magnificence of what it contains, make this timed-entry, ticket-only exhibition one of the hottest events on the East Coast."

    The mummies are the featured attraction of the "Secrets of the Silk Road" exhibit. They include a baby, who died in the 8th century B.C. That's the time-sensitive part of the exhibit. The mummies are on display through March 15.

    "Even without the mummies, it is a must-see," Kennicott writes.

    Secrets of the Silk Road

    After the 15th, the exhibit continues through March 28 with other artifacts that reveal a lot about culture and cultural changes as trade routes connected China with the west.

    Some of the rare items in the exhibit are over 3,800 years old. The unique thing about the mummies is that they have Caucasian features which prove western populations traveled east along the Silk Road.

    This fascinating exhibition located on Penn’s campus at 3260 South Street will run until March 28.

    Penn Museum has even extended its hours to make sure everyone gets a chance to witness Secrets of the Silk Road. The museum will be opened from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday through Sunday.

    Adult tickets cost $22.50 and children up to 17 years old cost $16.50