January/February Calendar of Special Events at the Penn Museum


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.

JANUARY

greatadventures_LOGOWednesday, January 5, 6:00 pm
"Great Adventures along the Silk Road" Lecture Series
From Baghdad to Bukhara and Back
Dr. Renata Holod, Curator, Near East Section, offers this talk, part of the "Great Adventures" series. Medieval Central Asian trade centers brought major changes into the Islamic state. Baghdad, the new capital founded in 762 CE, saw the influx of Central Asian goods, people, and ideas over the next two centuries, while the Central Asian centers, epitomized by Bukhara, developed new combinations of cultural expression and networks of influence. Reception to follow. Admission: $10 at the door; $5 with advance registration; FREE for Penn Museum members with advance registration. Information: (215)898-2680.

 

Wednesday, January 5, 5:00 to 8:00 pm
P.M. @ PENN MUSEUM
Penn Museum galleries stay open late, with a half-hour gallery tour at 5:30 pm and special programming that changes weekly. At 6:00 pm, meet Dr. Harold Dibble, Penn Museum European section curator and anthropology professor, for an informal chat about his work on Neanderthals and early modern humans, at "Cocktails and Curators." The new Pepper Mill Café offers a happy hour bar featuring cocktail specials, wines, beers, and sodas and stays open with light supper offerings to 7:30 pm. The Museum Shop remains open until 8:00 pm. Activities are free with Penn Museum admission donation. Information: (215)898-2680.

Penn Museum family day activity

Sunday, January 9, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Family Sundays
Construct a Miniature Yurt
Families can learn more about Central Asian nomadic cultures at this drop-in workshop as they construct a miniature yurt, a portable home of nomads. Free with Museum admission donation.

Wednesday, January 12, 5:00 to 8:00 pm
P.M. @ PENN MUSEUM
Penn Museum galleries stay open until 8:00 pm, with a half-hour gallery tour at 5:30 pm. Bring a team and compete for prizes at Quizzo with Quiztine at 6:00 pm in The Pepper Mill Café. The new Pepper Mill Café offers a happy hour bar featuring cocktail specials, wines, beers, and sodas and stays open with light supper offerings to 7:30 pm. The Museum Shop remains open until 8:00 pm. Activities are free with Penn Museum admission donation. Information: (215)898-2680.

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Wednesday, January 19, 5:00 to 8:00 pm
P.M. @ PENN MUSEUM
Penn Museum galleries stay open late, with a half-hour gallery tour at 5:30 pm. At 6:00 pm, meet Dr. Janet Monge, Penn Museum Physical Anthropology curator-in-charge and keeper, for an informal chat about the origins of bones, at "Cocktails and Curators." The new Pepper Mill Café offers a happy hour bar featuring cocktail specials, wines, beers, and sodas and stays open with light supper offerings to 7:30 pm. The Museum Shop remains open until 8:00 pm. Activities are free with Penn Museum admission donation. Information: (215)898-2680.

Saturday, January 22, 3:30 pm
Afternoon Lecture
The Sacred District: Field Work in 18th Dynasty Private Tombs at Thebes and Elkab
Dr. Kelly Ann Diamond-Reed, Villanova University, shares her preliminary findings from field research. This program is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Research Center (ARCE-PA). $5 General admission; $3 Penn Museum members and PennCard holders, and free for ARCE-PA members. Information: (215)898-2680.

Dancers at last year's African Cultures CelebrationSaturday, January 22, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
PECO World Culture Day
Annual Celebration of African Cultures
The 22nd annual Celebration of African Cultures comes alive with special programs centered on Africa and the African diaspora. Traditional storytelling, electrifying African dance, music performances and workshops, children's activities, gallery tours, and more enliven the Museum. Free with Museum admission donation. Information: (215)898-2680.

Wednesday, January 26, 5:00 to 8:00 pm
P.M. @ PENN MUSEUM
Penn Museum galleries stay open until 8:00 pm, with a half-hour gallery tour at 5:30 pm. Learn to dance the tango at 6:00 pm. The new Pepper Mill Café offers a happy hour bar featuring special cocktails, wines, beers, and sodas and stays open with light supper offerings to 7:30 pm. The Museum Shop remains open until 8:00 pm. Activities are free with Penn Museum admission donation. Information: (215)898-2680.

Thursday, January 27, 6:00 pm
Evening Lecture
The Shape of Things to Come: Developing Collections of Antiquities and Archaeological Materials in the 21st Century
Timothy Rub, the George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, offers his perspective. Given the increasingly polarized debate about the acquisition and presentation of antiquities and archaeological materials in art museums, what options might be available to these institutions to enable them to continue to develop their collections and to present a broad and reasonably up-to-date survey of the art of the ancient world?

 Admission: Pay-what-you-want. Reception to follow for Penn Museum Members at the Expedition Circle level ($250 and above). Information: (215)898-2680.

Friday to Saturday, January 28-29, 6:30 pm to 9:00 am
Sleepover Program SOLD OUT
40 Winks with the Sphinx
Penn Museum's monthly sleepover program, geared to ages 6 to 12 and their families or chaperones, invites guests to an overnight "expedition" of the Museum, is SOLD OUT through May. Advance reservations available for June: www.penn.museum/40winks.


FEBRUARY

Ongoing Weekend Programs:

These ongoing Weekend Programs, free with Museum admission, run throughout February and the run of Secrets of the Silk Road, opening February 5.

Secrets of the Silk Road baby mummySaturdays, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm; Sundays, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm
Mummies: Through Time, Across Continents
From the mountains of Peru to the deserts of Egypt, preserved human remains have been found across the world, including the extraordinary mummies of the Tarim Basin (part of the Secrets of the Silk Road exhibition). In this 30-minute presentation, Museum staff explore the wide range of mummies unearthed by archaeologists, from the earliest remains to more contemporary examples. Rainey Auditorium (location subject to change).

Silk_routeSaturdays and Sundays, 12:00 to 2:00 pm
Explore the Silk Road
International speakers from the Penn Museum's International Classroom Program consider ancient traditions along the Silk Road and their impact on modern cultures, with an interactive presentation that brings aspects of modern-day cultures vividly to life. Experiences may include demonstrations on how to make Chinese dumplings and paper cuttings, wrap a sari and blend curry powder, or design a Turkish porcelain tile inspired by the Museum's collection. Speakers, and their countries, including India, China, and Turkey, change daily. These programs are co-sponsored by the Middle East Center, East Asian Center, and South Asia Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Free with Museum admission donation.

BlackDeathWednesday, February 2, 6:00 pm
"Great Adventures along the Silk Road" Lecture Series
The Plague: Deadly Travel Companion of Trade Routes
Dr. Lester K. Little, Professor of History, Smith College, focuses on plague in this "Great Adventures" lecture. Virtually all of the major epidemics of infectious diseases in history have followed quite closely upon recently opened avenues of communication. This is clearly the case with the most dreaded of diseases, bubonic plague, in all three of its documented pandemics. The first of these united East and North Africa, the Middle East, and Europe, the second all of Eurasia, and the third seaports throughout the world. What role did the Silk Road play in this grim history? Reception to follow. Admission: $5 per lecture with advance registration; FREE for Penn Museum members with advance registration; $10 at the door. Information: (215)898-2680.

SilkRd_LOGOSaturday and Sunday, February 5 and 6, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Opening Weekend Celebration
Secrets of the Silk Road
A host of special sights, sounds, and activities are in store for visitors at the grand opening weekend of Secrets of the Silk Road. Camels circle the Museum, stopping for guest encounters and hourly presentations about life along the ancient routes. A large-scale tent-set up in the Warden Garden and open for visitors throughout the weekend-is transformed into a Silk Road oasis, richly decorated with Central Asian silks, textiles, furniture, and a central market cart piled high with trading route goods for sale. Performances and craft demonstrations, and a café with tea and Chinese pastries-inspired by ancient foods in the exhibition-keep the space lively and diverse. Activities are all free with Silk Road exhibition (includes Museum) or Museum-only admission. Information: (215)898-2680.

Wednesday, February 9, 6:00 to 10:00 pm
Evening Spectacular
Women's Committee Gala for Secrets of the Silk Road
Guests can be among the first to behold the captivating "Beauty of Xiaohe" and explore this landmark exhibition at this evening gala celebration, presented by the Women's Committee to benefit the Penn Museum. Patrons have the chance to stroll through the galleries at their leisure and enjoy Silk Road-inspired entertainment as well as the excitement of both live and a raffle auctions. Cocktails and dinner are served. Informal attire recommended. Enter by the Trescher Entrance (valet parking available). Registration deadline is February 1. Admission: Benefactor - $1,000 for 2 tickets; Patron - $500 for 2 tickets; Supporter - $175 for 1 ticket. Information/registration: (215)898-9202, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Wednesday, February 9, 5:00 to 8:00 pm
P.M. @ PENN MUSEUM
Penn Museum galleries stay open until 8:00 pm, with half-hour gallery tour at 5:30 pm. Bring a team and compete for prizes at Quizzo with Quiztine at 6:00 pm in The Pepper Mill Cafe. The new Pepper Mill Café offers a happy hour bar featuring cocktail specials, wines, beers, and sodas and stays open with light supper offerings to 7:30 pm. The Museum Shop remains open until 8:00 pm. Activities are free with Penn Museum admission donation. Information: (215)898-2680.

CNY Lion DanceSaturday, February 12, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
PECO World Culture Day
Chinese New Year Celebration
Hop to it, and welcome in the Year of the Rabbit at the 30th annual daylong extravaganza. Visitors can bring the whole family and celebrate the New Year through a wide variety of music and dance performances, children's activities, storytelling, arts and crafts, and martial and healing arts workshops. The day ends with a drum roll, a roar, and the popular Lion Dance parade. The day is part of the Penn Museum's series of 2010-2011 World Culture Days sponsored by PECO. Free with Museum admission donation. Information: (215)898-2680.

Thursday, February 17, 6:15 pm
Young Friends Evening Event
Prostitution Ancient and Modern: a Tell-All Confession
Turn off that red light, hang up your dress, come off the street and out of the cold to hear the secrets inside the little black book of prostitution. Dr. Nicholas Rauh, Professor of Classics at Purdue University and author of The Sacred Bonds of Commerce: Religion, Trade, and Society at Hellenistic-Roman Delos, and Merchants, Sailors, and Pirates in the Roman World, discusses the available archaeological evidence for prostitution in ancient trading ports and the limitations of modern scholarly analysis in discussing popular behavior such as prostitution in the ancient world. Dr. Rauh's personal experiences and observations from Turkish police stations and tourist hotels in Antalya and Alanya, Turkey bring the discussion from ancient brothels to modern street corners. Join the Young Friends of the Penn Museum for cocktails and mingling after the program. Cash Bar. $10 General admission; $5 Museum Members; $5 Penn Students with ID. Information, registration: (215)898-5093.

Cat_Mummy_webThursday, February 17, 6:00 pm
Evening Lecture
An Investigation of Egyptian Feline Goddesses and Animal Cults
Yekaterina Barbash, Ph.D., Assistant Curator, Arts of Ancient Egypt, Brooklyn Museum, speaks. This program is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Research Center (ARCE-PA). $5 General admission; $3 Penn Museum members and PennCard holders, and free for ARCE-PA members. Information:(215)898-2680.

Sunday, February 20, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Family Sundays
Pharaoh Fashions
Visitors of all ages are invited to become an instant pharaoh, creating a usekh, an Egyptian collar necklace, to wear and enjoy, at this drop-in workshop. Free with Museum admission.

Wednesday, February 23, 5:00 to 8:00 pm
P.M. @ PENN MUSEUM
Penn Museum galleries stay open late, with a half-hour gallery tour at 5:30 pm. At 6:00 pm, shake it out-with a belly dance lesson for everyone. The new Pepper Mill Café offers a happy hour bar featuring cocktail specials, wines, beers, and sodas and stays open with light supper offerings to 7:30 pm. The Museum Shop remains open until 8:00 pm. Activities are free with Penn Museum admission donation.

Thursday, February 24, 6:00 pm
Archaeological Institute of America Evening Lecture
Roman Provincial Coins: Between Civic Pride and State Control
Michel Amandry, with the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, currently Director of Education at EPHE (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes), speaks. Under the Roman Empire, hundreds of cities struck bronze coinage. These coins used to be called "Greek imperials"-struck under the Roman Empire but mostly with legends in Greek. In the past, deemed to be part of Greek coinage, they were catalogued and classed in coin cabinets as Greek coins. The new terminology-Roman provincial coinage-stresses the role of these coins alongside the Imperial coinage. Admission: Pay-what-you-want. Information: (215)898-2680.

ctscanSaturday, February 26, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Afternoon Program
The Anatomy of the Mummy
Unravel the mysteries of the world's mummies with state-of-the-art technology. Dr. Janet Monge, Acting Curator, Physical Anthropology section, and a national group of scholars who focus on mummification, present the latest approaches in the study of mummies, including new techniques using CT scans and MRI's, followed by an open discussion. General admission: $20; $15 Penn Museum members; free for full-time college students with ID. Information: (215)898-2680. Pre-registration requested: www.penn.museum/calendar.

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 400 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, the Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind's collective heritage.

Penn Museum is located at 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (on Penn's campus, across from Franklin Field). Public transportation to the Museum is available via SEPTA's Regional Rail Line at University City Station; the Market-Frankford Subway Line at 34th Street Station; trolley routes 11, 13, 34, and 36; and bus routes 12, 21, 30, 40, and 42. Museum hours are Tuesday and Thursday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Wednesday, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, with P.M. @ PENN MUSEUM evening programs offered select Wednesdays. Closed Mondays and holidays. Admission donation is $10 for adults; $7 for senior citizens (65 and above); $6 children (6 to 17) and full-time students with ID; free to Members, PennCard holders, and children 5 and younger; "pay-what-you-want" the last hour before closing. Hot and cold meals and light refreshments are offered to visitors with or without Museum admission in The Pepper Mill Café; the Museum Shop and Pyramid Shop for Children offer a wide selection of gifts, books, games, clothing and jewelry. Penn Museum can be found on the web at www.penn.museum. For general information call (215)898-4000. For group tour information call (215)746-8183.

 

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First Wednesdays: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Monday: CLOSED

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