An exhibition project by the Penn Museum featuring objects from the Museum’s rich collections, complemented by paintings, photos, films, explanatory texts and narratives. The exhibition portrays the African experience of disease and health-seeking through the universal metaphor of the journey.


Healing Journeys are those quests for healing and better health at multiple scales and spans: the short-term local journey that happens thousands of times daily in African lives; larger-scale family or community confrontations with misfortune that take months or years to play themselves out; the life cycle of individuals and families; and the long-term journey of adaptive cultural response to epidemics and other large-scale health challenges that African communities have encountered through the ages.