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Welcome & Leadership

Amanda Mitchell-Boyask, Steve Tinney, and Melissa Smith in front of the Sphinx

Welcome to the Penn Museum.

We are delighted to welcome you back into the building for a safe and awe-inspiring visit starting January 8, 2021. Please know that behind our masks we are smiling and happy to see you.

We invite you to experience three levels of galleries, including spaces that first opened in November 2019. Step into an entirely reimagined Main Level, with the new Sphinx Gallery just inside the Main Entrance, leading to powerful galleries of Africa and of Mexico and Central America. When you visit, you will also enjoy a range of new amenities that make the Penn Museum fully accessible to all visitors for the first time.

Our galleries reopen with safety precautions at the forefront of visitor experience. These guidelines promote the well-being of our community so we may all continue learning. We are pleased to say that 100% of visitors who responded to post-visit surveys from July through November 2020 reported feeling safe throughout their time at the Penn Museum.

While we’d love to see you in person—safely distanced of course—we invite you to continue to experience the Penn Museum At Home and enjoy tours, conversations, films, crafts, and more from wherever you are in the world. You can even shop the Penn Museum through our new online store, which offers a wide range of unique gifts, kids’ activities, jewelry, accessories, books, and more for contactless pickup or delivery to your home.

We hope to see you—in our galleries or online—soon.

Melissa Smith
Co-Interim Director,
Deputy Director of Operations

Steve Tinney
Co-Interim Director,
Deputy Director

Amanda Mitchell-Boyask
Co-Interim Director,
Executive Director of Advancement

Executive Team

  • Amanda Mitchell-Boyask, Co-Interim Director, Executive Director of Advancement
  • Ellen M. Owens, Merle-Smith Director of Learning and Public Engagement
  • Jo Tiongson-Perez, Director of Marketing and Communications
  • Melissa P. Smith, CFA Co-Interim Director, Deputy Director of Operations
  • Stephen J. Tinney, Ph.D. Co-Interim Director, Deputy Director, Chief Curator, Head of Collections and Research

Board of Advisors

The Penn Museum gratefully acknowledges the leadership and support of the members of its Board of Advisors, as of November 2020:

  • Peter G. Gould, Ph.D., LPS10, Chair
  • David Brownlee, Ph.D. (ex-officio)
  • David T. Clancy, W70
  • William L. Conrad, PAR
  • Erica Weissman Desai, C96
  • Edward Fernberger, Jr., W71
  • Peter C. Ferry, C79, PAR
  • Steven J. Fluharty, Ph.D., C79, GR81, PAR (ex-officio)
  • Irfan M. Furniturewala, WG01, PAR
  • George M. Gephart, WG79, PAR
  • Clare Gordon, PAR
  • Ghislain Gouraige, Jr., C80, PAR
  • Ingrid A. Graham (emerita)
  • Amy Gutmann, Ph.D. (ex-officio)
  • Michael J. Kowalski, W74, PAR
  • Stacey Rosner Lane, Esquire, C80, GR13, PAR
  • Diane v.S. Levy
  • Bruce Mainwaring, C47, PAR (emeritus)
  • Frederick J. Manning, W69, PAR
  • Andrew R. Moelis, C10
  • Wendell Pritchett, Ph.D. (ex-officio)
  • Barbara W. Riley
  • Adam Rosen
  • Herbert L. Sachs, W69, PAR
  • Eric J. Schoenberg, Ph.D., GEN93, WG93, PAR
  • David A. Schwartz, M.D.
  • Adam D. Sokoloff, W84, PAR
  • Matthew J. Storm, C94, WG00
  • Gregory Annenberg Weingarten
  • Jill Topkis Weiss, C89, WG93, PAR
  • Charles K. Williams II, Ph.D., GR78, HON97 (emeritus)

Other Volunteer Groups

The Penn Museum gratefully acknowledges the contributions of time, talent, and financial support of the members of the following volunteer groups, as of November 2020:

Director's Council

  • Carrie Cox, PAR, Chair
  • Arthur J. Burke, Esquire, C89, W89
  • Lawrence S. Coben, Ph.D., G03, GR12
  • Isabella de la Houssaye
  • Douglas T. Dietrich, WG00
  • Luis Fernandez-Moreno, WMP89
  • Judy Brick Freedman, Ph.D.
  • Peter G. Gould, Ph.D., LPS10
  • Catherine Giventer, C95
  • Bryan R. Harris, C83
  • John C. Hover II, C65, WG67
  • Andrea R. Kramer, Esquire, L76, PAR
  • Sharon N. Lorenzo
  • Marco L. Lukesch, C01, W01
  • Joseph E. Lundy, Esquire, W65
  • Susan T. Marx, CW66
  • Gregory S. Maslow, M.D., C68 M72 GM77, PAR
  • John J. Medveckis, PAR
  • Carlos L. Nottebohm, W64, PAR
  • Patrick M. Oates, Ph.D.
  • George R. Pitts, Ph.D., GR77
  • Judith B. Poss, C87, PAR
  • William L. Potter, WG88, PAR
  • J. Barton Riley, W70, PAR
  • Brian P. Tierney, C79, PAR
  • Samuel Phineas Upham, Ph.D., WG05, GRW06
  • Nina Robinson Vitow, CW70, WG76
  • Nanou Zayan, C73, PAR

Campus and Cultural Advisory Council

  • David B. Brownlee, Ph.D., Chair Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor of the History of Art, University of Pennsylvania
  • Francesca Ammon, Ph.D. Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania
  • Christopher D.M. Atkins, Ph.D. Agnes and Jack Mulroney Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture before 1900; Manager of Curatorial Digital Programs and Initiatives, Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • William Burke White, Ph.D. Richard Perry Professor and Director, Perry World House, University of Pennsylvania
  • Scott Cooper, Ph.D. President and CEO, Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University
  • Dejay Duckett, Director of Curatorial Services, African American Museum in Philadelphia
  • Sara Jane (Sally) Elk, President and CEO, Eastern State Penitentiary
  • Oliver St. Clair Franklin O.B.E., Investment analyst (former President of International House)
  • Derek Gillman, Distinguished Visiting Professor, Visual Studies, Drexel University
  • Susan Glassman, Director, Wagner Free Institute
  • Andrea Goulet, Ph.D. Professor of Romance Languages, University of Pennsylvania
  • Kelly Lee, Chief Cultural Officer, City of Philadelphia
  • John McInerney, Director, Sachs Program for Arts Innovation, University of Pennsylvania
  • Kathleen Morrison, Sally and Alvin V. Shoemaker Professor and Chair, Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania
  • Will Noel, John T. Maltsberger III ’55 Associate University Librarian for Special Collections, Princeton University Library
  • Karen Redrobe, Ph.D. Jaffe Professor of the History of Art, University of Pennsylvania
  • Ralph M. Rosen, Ph.D. Rose Family Endowed Term Professor of Classical Studies, and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, University of Pennsylvania
  • Monique Scott, Ph.D. Director of Museum Studies, Bryn Mawr College
  • Jenny Thompson, The Gloria and Jack Drosdick Curator of European Painting and Sculpture and Curator of the John G. Johnson Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Annual Report 2018-2019

2018–2019 was a time of construction, anticipation, and continued discovery as the Penn Museum continued our Building Transformation project. We invite you to explore the Annual Report and learn more not only about this transformation but also about all that we achieved through ongoing research, teaching, and programmatic initiatives.