Press Releases: Events
PHILADELPHIA, PA, SUMMER 2016 — Active duty military personnel and their families searching for summer fun in the city can enjoy free admission to the Penn Museum Memorial Day through Labor Day* through Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Military personnel and their families need only to show valid military or military family ID to receive complimentary admission for up to five family members. The complete list of participating museums is available at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
Penn Museum is a founding partner and a core collaborator of the annual Philadelphia Science Festival, running April 22 through 30, 2016. Founded in 2011, the Festival is an innovative, nine-day celebration that explores the many ways that science and technology touch our everyday lives. A citywide collaboration, the Festival unites 200 of the region’s most influential institutions, museums and cultural centers in a common goal. We hope you will join us at one of the six events we are a part of this year, and explore the other 70+ events available throughout the Festival. Created, organized and led by The Franklin Institute and presented by The Dow Chemical Company, the annual Festival brings science to restaurants, parks, breweries, libraries, museums and other neighborhood places!
PHILADELPHIA, PA 2016—Mummification workshops, ancient Egyptian hieroglyph classes, an “Animals of Egypt” guided family tour, presentations by Egyptologists, archaeologists and archivists, Egyptian belly dancing, game and craft stations with distinctly ancient Egyptian themes—it’s all part of Egyptomania!—and it takes over the Penn Museum Saturday March 19, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Relâche Offers Turkish-Inspired Concert Saturday, February 27 In Honor of The Golden Age of King Midas Exhibition at the Penn Museum
PHILADELPHIA, PA Winter 2016— Relâche, Philadelphia’s renowned new music ensemble, offers a Turkish-inspired afternoon concert in honor of the Penn Museum’s The Golden Age of King Midas exhibition, on Saturday, February 27, with admission to the special exhibition at 2:00 pm and concert at 3:00 pm. Admission to the concert and exhibition is $20; $15 Penn Museum members; $5 for students with ID (and free for accompanying second student). Guests may pay online in advance (www.penn.museum/calendar) or at the door, subject to availability.
PHILADELPHIA, PA 2016—Modern African dance and traditional African music, an African marketplace, a mancala game station, craft making for families and more converge at the Penn Museum’s annual Celebration of African Cultures on Saturday, February 27, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Local griots and artists lead guests in an interactive exploration of traditions from across the African continent, set among the Museum’s collection of textiles, sculpture, and masks in the Africa Gallery, as well as among statuary and tomb materials from 5,000 years of Egyptian culture in the Egyptian galleries. Egun Omode (Children of the Ancestors), a West African dance and drum and Yoruba-folklore performing arts collective, offers a grande finale performance. The celebration is free with Museum admission ($15, general admission; $13, seniors [65+]; $10, children [6-17] and full-time students [with ID]; $2 ACCESS Card holders; free to children under 5, members, active U.S. Military, STAMP and
PHILADELPHIA, PA 2016—This February, the Penn Museum, recognized as a WeddingWire Couples’ Choice winner for the third year in a row, invites friends and fiancées to celebrate Valentine’s Day through music, Museum Quickies (5-7 minute lectures), a special exhibition SEX: A History in 30 Objects, and more. For families, there’s a hieroglyphic Valentine’s Day make and take workshop. For the most updated information on programs offered at the Penn Museum, and for online pre-registration (optional or required for some programs) visit the Museum’s website: www.penn.museum/calendar
Opening Day Celebration for World Premiere The Golden Age of King Midas Offers Immersive Experience into Ancient Past at the Penn Museum Saturday, February 13, 2016 PHILADELPHIA, PA 2016 — Penn Museum opens the world premiere exhibition The Golden Age of King Midas—featuring ancient treasures on loan from the Republic of Turkey—with a spectacular day-long public celebration Saturday, February 13, 10 am to 4:00 pm, free with general Museum admission: $15 adults; $13 senior citizens 65 and over; $10 children 6 to 17 and full time students with ID; free for Museum members, active military, children 5 and younger, and PennCard holders. (Admission to the special exhibition is an additional $5, free to Museum members, children 5 and younger, and PennCard holders).
20th Annual Peace around the World: Free Family Holiday Celebration Rings in the Season at Penn Museum Saturday, December 5, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm “Peace begins with a smile.” — Mother Teresa PHILADELPHIA 2015—Smile and get into the holiday spirit of peace at the Penn Museum! Create a new tradition of gathering family and friends in the international galleries during the free 20th Annual Peace around the World holiday celebration Saturday, December 5, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Guests receive Museum “passports” with “itineraries” to visit various nations, their cultures, and festive holiday traditions such as Diwali and Kwanzaa with the help of international presenters stationed throughout the galleries. The all-ages afternoon also features storytelling, choral music, folk dance performances, henna hand art, balloon art, face painting, sari-wrapping, and more. Visitors are invited to join in a peace flag community craft to be hung in the museum to illustrate a spirit of unity. Special “Celebrations around the World” gallery tours and free cupcakes for children round out this special day!
Saturday October 31, 11 am to 4 pm PHILADELPHIA, PA 2015— This Halloween, Penn Museum, in conjunction with the Mexican Cultural Center and the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia, invites guests of all ages to a celebration enjoyed in Mexico, and increasingly in places throughout the world: Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. With more than a few ghoulish skeletons and macabre decorations, this annual event brings family and friends together to pray for and remember loved ones who have died. Far from a morose affair, Day of the Dead is a celebration, rich in traditions and connections—it is at heart a celebration of life.
For the most updated information on programs offered at the Penn Museum, and for online pre-registration (optional or required for some programs) visit the Museum’s Events Calendar.