Massive move as Penn Museum's Sphinx gets new but familiar home

The largest Sphinx in the Western Hemisphere has a new home tonight. It's still at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia.
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By KYW Newsradio 1060

"That's about 12 Liberty Bells, 87 Fanatics, and 64,000 cheesesteaks," Siggers said. 

To shift the Sphinx 250 feet from the Lower Egypt gallery, its home for nearly a century, Siggers says crews installed a track on scaffolding in the courtyard. 

Using hydraulic gantries, air dollies, a pallet jack and patience, it was a parade of one as the Sphinx exited one window, inched along a couple hundred feet including sharp turns and inclines and, through another window, entered its new digs: the forthcoming main entrance hall.

"It encapsulates where this museum is actually going. Because in November, we will open the first phase in a completely reimagined museum," Siggers said. 

It will include renovated galleries and an auditorium. Welcoming visitors will be that 3,000-year-old Sphinx of Ramses II, soon to be the king of selfies.