World Culture Days

The Penn Museum’s popular World Culture Days series is designed to introduce visitors of all ages to the rich cultural traditions found throughout the Museum’s galleries and, indeed, throughout the world. All World Culture Days are FREE with Museum admission.









Hijinks with the Sphinx
National Archaeology Day Celebration

Saturday, October 19, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Guests are invited to join Penn Museum Egyptologists and staff to celebrate the Sphinx! There will be stories of the Sphinx, and an exclusive display of Egyptian kitsch, items from pop culture based on ancient Egyptian themes—all from the personal collections of the Curators of the Egyptian Section of the Museum. Guests can match wits in a True/False game about ancient Egypt, race through an Indiana Jones-style obstacle course, and enjoy an ancient hairstyles demonstration. Penn Museum members get an exclusive behind-the-scenes Sphinx history tour in the Museum Archives, while everyone can join the Sphinx for a celebratory slice of cake. The Egyptomania afternoon, free with Museum admission, is sponsored in part by the Archaeological Association of America. Special pre-Halloween offer: dress like an ancient Egyptian and get in for half price!

For more information, and to find out how to start celebrating early, visit

Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead Celebration
Saturday, November 2, 2013
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Celebrate Mexican culture and the tradition of the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) with the Penn Museum! Bring the whole family to enjoy this afternoon filled with music, storytelling, arts and crafts, and other fun activities. Marvel at a traditional Mexican Day of the Dead altar dedicated to Jose Guadalupe Posada political cartoonist adn creator of "La Catrina,"  created specially for the event by renowned artist Cesar Viveros and Cecila Humphery, Mexican Cultural Center, and learn about the various dedications placed upon the ofrenda (altar).  Don't miss the 16 foot La Catrina puppet created by Spiral Q and the Mexican Cultural Center.

India Dance18th Annual Peace around the World: Passport to Cultures
Sunday, December 1, 2013
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Gather family and friends and head over to the Penn Museum for a FREE holiday celebration! Visitors receive a "Passport to Cultures" with an itinerary to visit the galleries, where Penn Museum International Classroom speakers share holiday traditions of their home countries. The lively afternoon also features a Middle Eastern drumming workshop, a fusion dance workshop, a poetry reading and workshop, an Indian dance performance, storytelling, a choir performance, exotic face painting, balloon art, international family crafts, and free treats for children! Free admission. For more information, call 215.898.2680.



World Culture Day 2009
Celebration of African Cultures
Saturday, February 8, 2014

Penn Museum invites families to an afternoon exploration of the rich cultures of Africa and the African diaspora. This annual celebration features music and dance, storytelling, arts and crafts, games, cuisine, and more! Visitors can Imagine Africa in our special, extended-run gallery project—find out what intrigues other visitors about Africa and share your own interests and understandings.






Year of Sound LogoYear of Sound: Drums Around the World
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Save the date!  More details coming this Spring.

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