Family Second Sunday Workshops

Join a Penn Museum educator every second Sunday of the month from September-May to learn new perspectives about ancient and contemporary cultures through hands-on activities. Each Workshop includes a craft, touchable artifacts, and gallery activities. All activities are free with admission donation. Attendees may drop in anytime between 1:00pm - 4:00pm to participate in the Workshop.

Attend a Family Second Sunday Workshop and automatically become a member of Penn Museum’s Art Excavators Club. Club members who attend three Family Second Sunday workshops receive a free surprise! Penn Museum members at the Household level receive one free pass towards the surprise. 

The Family Second Sunday Workshop Schedule


Sunday, September 8, 2013
Golden Cartouches
A cartouche, an oval encircling Egyptian hieroglyphs, is a nametag of a pharaoh. Learn to write your name in hieroglyphs and become instant royalty when you make your own cartouche to take home. Explore hands-on artifacts associated with ancient Egypt.


Athens coinSunday, October 13, 2013
Owl Puppet
Athena, one of the favorite goddesses of the ancient Greeks, is symbolized by an owl. Craft an owl puppet to take home.   Learn more about Athena and other ancient Greek gods when you explore the Greece Gallery with a brochure.






Adinkra clothSunday, November 10, 2013
Adinkra Cloth
Adinkra cloth is a hand-printed fabric made by the Ashanti people of Ghana. Work with fabric scraps and stamps to collage your own creation. Touch other textiles and objects from Africa.



calligraphySunday, December 8, 2013
Chinese Calligraphy Scrolls
Calligraphy is a revered art form in China and hanging scrolls have been discovered in tombs dating back to the Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE). Select your favorite Chinese characters to mount upon a banner. Explore tools of the calligraphy trade and other hands-on artifacts from China.



Islamic GallerySunday, January 12, 2014
The hamsa is a palm-shaped amulet popular throughout the Middle East and North Africa and is commonly used in jewelry and wall hangings. Trace your hand and get creative with mixed media. Explore the Islamic Near East Gallery with a scavenger hunt.


Sunday, February 9, 2014
Hieroglyphic Valentines
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Show your love to your mummy, daddy, sibling, or friend through a valentine written in Egyptian hieroglyphs.




pueblo bowl

Sunday, March 9, 2014
Southwest Ceramics
The abstracted designs of pottery from the Hopi, Zuni, and Pueblo peoples of the Southwest allude to the relationships among people and the relationships between people and their environment. Illustrate your own 2-D pottery shape inspired by the designs of the Southwest. Explore the newly installed Native American Voices with a scavenger hunt.

Koi Pond

Sunday, April 13, 2014
Koi Kites
Just in time for the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia, Penn Museum invites you to celebrate Japanese culture with an afternoon of crafting. Koi kites are a popular ornament in Japan to symbolize the hope for strength and courage of children. After crafting your own kite, don’t forget to visit the koi in the Warden Garden.

Egyptian StelaSunday, May 11, 2014
Wadjet Necklace
It’s Mummies Day! The wadjet, or Eye of Horus, is an ancient Egyptian symbol of protection. Craft your own wadjet and add a pattern of beads to create a necklace to take home. Perhaps it can ward off your mother’s harry eyeball! Discover the wadjet and other amulets in The Egypt (Mummies) Gallery.



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