Loren Eiseley Leadership Giving Society

Named for the University’s first Benjamin Franklin Professor, Provost, and Curator of the Museum’s Early Man Section, the Loren Eiseley Leadership Giving Society (LES) is the Penn Museum’s leadership unrestricted annual giving group. These distinguished donors make unrestricted gifts of $1,500 or more to the Museum in a given fiscal year.

Loren Eiseley in the Warden Garden. Photo by Frank Ross. Penn Museum image 140724.

Through their generosity and vision, LES members provide 70 percent of all unrestricted support and serve as an inspiration to fellow Museum members and friends. LES members at the Silver Circle and above provide at least $2,500 annually and are also recognized as members of the University of Pennsylvania's Benjamin Franklin Society. To learn more about the recognition and benefits for the Benjamin Franklin Society, click here.

"Forward and backward I have gone, and for me it has been an immense journey."

–Loren Eiseley, The Immense Journey

Director’s Circle $25,000 and above
All but $650 tax-deductible

  • All benefits of the Platinum Circle
  • One private tour and reception for party of six with curator or keeper 
  • Opportunity to accompany the Director or senior curator on a custom-itinerary trip to a Museum-associated archaeological site

Platinum Circle $10,000 - $24,999
All but $530 tax-deductible

  • All benefits of the Gold Circle 
  • Private lunch and tour with the director
  • Unlimited free parking
  • Acknowledgement in exhibition-special issue of Expedition magazine

Gold Circle $5,000 - $9,999
All but $510 tax-deductible

  • All benefits of the Silver Circle
  • Free admission for one additional guest per visit (four total)
  • Breakfast or evening tours of exhibitions with curators

Silver Circle $2,500 - $4,999

All but $450 tax deductible

  • All benefits of the Bronze Circle
  • Behind-the-scenes events featuring rarely seen objects from the collection
  • Additional free one-day parking vouchers (four total) 
  • Recognition in the University of Pennsylvania's Benjamin Franklin Society

Bronze Circle $1,500 – $2,499
All but $400 tax-deductible

  • Personal assistance from Penn Museum staff when planning a visit
  • Invitations to private receptions, lectures, exhibition previews, tours and annual LES dinner
  • Recognition in the Penn Museum’s Annual Report, website and on special signage at the Museum
  • Three one-day parking vouchers
  • Free admission for three guests per visit
  • 15% discount at the Museum Shop and 10% discount at the Pepper Mill Café
  • Specially designed, commemorative LES lapel pin

All levels also include the core benefits of General Membership including:

For additional and more specific information about upcoming special events for LES members, please call the Membership Office at (215) 898-5093.

Four easy ways to join:

Please note that a membership gift made online may take up to 3:00 pm the following business day to register in the online event registration system.

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Or renew your membership:
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Visit the Admissions Desk at any of the Museum's entrances

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Call (215) 898-5093 and say, "I want to join today!"


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Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 898-4000


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