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Penn Museum Visitors Treated To Multicultural Education Experience

Joseph Tayoun shows this group of children how to use ancient Egyptian drums. (Credit: Mike Dougherty)

Joseph Tayoun shows this group of children how to use ancient Egyptian drums. (Credit: Mike Dougherty)

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By Mike Dougherty

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Penn Museum opened its doors Sunday for the University’s 18th annual World Peace Day — one that’s intended to expose visitors to different cultures of the world.

“It’ll be hands on,” explains Joseph Tayoun, who is conducting a Middle Eastern drum workshop for kids and adults. “We’ll learn the rhythms, we’ll learn how to speak them and then we’ll learn how to play them. Everybody will get a chance.”

There are also contemporary, everyday items on display from Africa and South America. Jemmell’z Washington, with the museum, says visitors are learning what life is like in other parts of the world from immigrants:

“They’re sharing their family traditions as well as cultural traditions. People are gravitating to be able to touch items. To be able to touch and feel items — that tactile experience — adds to understanding.”

Visitors also learned about henna hand art as well as the art of sari-wrapping.

All of this was free of charge.

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