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Penn Museum Walking Tour Will Spotlight Food Down Through The Ages

By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- A new self-guided tour celebrating food in various cultures is coming to the Penn Museum (the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology), in West Philadelphia, from September through December.

The tour is based on the museum-published book, Culinary Expeditions: A Celebration of Food and Culture Inspired by Penn Museum Treasures.    The tour highlights food, culinary equipment, and trade across cultures.

"We've done a brochure that allows people to go through the galleries at their own pace and see objects that are in our existing galleries that are featured in our book, Culinary Expeditions," says the book's managing editor, Jane Hickman (below).  "They're basically objects that have been used in the preparation of food or in the storage of food."

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(Jane Hickman. Photo by Hadas Kuznits)


Hickman says the self-guided tour offers visitors a new way to see the artifacts in the museum.

"So rather than pulling them out, we decided to do a brochure that allows people to walk through the galleries and find those objects, along with others, on their own."

Additionally, museum docents will be offering Culinary Expedition tours at the Penn Museum on the first Saturday of each month.

Hear the expanded interview in this CBS Philly podcast (runs 10:02)...

Culinary Expeditions



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