What is an exhibition?


Intersection of storytelling, collections, research + scholarshipExhibitions live at the unique intersection of collections, scholarship, and storytelling. Exhibitions communicate ideas, display curated art and artifacts, and provide context and information about items on display. Collection materials may come from the Penn Libraries repository or be on loan from partner institutions.

In addition, exhibitions facilitate the learning process. Exhibitions sometimes incorporate tools for multi-sensory engagement to appeal to a wide array of learning styles. Most importantly, exhibitions help enrich our communities by connecting them to an array of stories and perspectives. They are typically up for 4-6 months.

If you are unsure whether your project is an exhibition, loan, or pop-up event, consult this chart.

  • Last Updated Oct 18, 2021
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  • Answered By Brittany Merriam

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