Packaged and Ready to Go: Penn Museum Offers Unique Holiday Gifts for Explorers of All Ages

Penn Museum Family Sphinx PackPhiladelphia 2010--This holiday season, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has packaged up some experiences just in time for holiday shopping: unique holiday gifts that can open up the whole wide world to friends, family, and anyone on a holiday shopper's list. The Museum Shop, the Pyramid Shop for Children, and the new Pepper Mill Café offer additional ways to share a piece of the very best of our world.

A Family Sphinx Pack, and Other Options to Chose From

The Family Sphinx Pack, ($250, full value: $330) is a premiere gift that everyone in the family can enjoy. The pack includes:

*Year-long Penn Museum household membership (a $95 value). Included are two FREE adult tickets and two FREE child tickets (a $74 value) to the landmark, special exhibition Secrets of the Silk Road (February 5 through June 5), as well as unlimited free general admission for two adults and all children under age 18--plus invitations to members' only events and discounts on programming, summer camp, and purchases at the two Shops and the new Pepper Mill Café.

*Four tickets to 40 Winks with the Sphinx, the Museum's sleepover program (value $200)

Penn Museum family adopts an artifact*One adoption through the Adopt an Artifact program includes an adoption certificate for the famous 12-ton sphinx, a color photo of the sphinx, and detailed information about the its significance. The sphinx is just one of eleven artifacts available for "adoption" through a program which supports the proper care of the nearly one million artifacts housed within the Museum (value from $35).

Household Membership ($95)

*A year-long Penn Museum household membership is an especially good deal this year: it includes two FREE adult tickets and two FREE child tickets (a $74 value) to the landmark, special exhibition Secrets of the Silk Road (February 5 through June 5), as well as unlimited free general admission for two adults and all children under age 18. Household members also receive invitations to members' only events and discounts on programming, summer camp, and purchases at the Museum Shop and the new Pepper Mill Café.

Penn Museum adopt_logoAdopt an Artifact ($35)
It's a no-batteries-necessary gift for the kid-of any age-who has every "thing." Pair it up with a visit to the Penn Museum-and the adoptee!

*One adoption through the Adopt an Artifact program includes an adoption certificate, a color photo, and detailed information about the chosen artifact. Eleven artifacts are currently available for "adoption" and all adoptions support the proper care of the nearly one million artifacts housed within the Museum.

The number for more information or to order any of these holiday gifts is (215)898-5093.

In the Museum Shops: Discount Days and Sustainable Offers

The Museum Shop and the Pyramid Shop for Children offer an international shopping experience, featuring holiday gifts that are fair trade and globally responsible, ecologically sustainable and "green," or, in this difficult economy, just plain affordable. The shops feature jewelry, clothing, accessories, and crafts from around the world. Saturday and Sunday, December 4 and 5, are Holiday Shopping Savings Days when PennCard holders receive 15% off and Penn Museum members, 20% off all purchases.

Fair trade practices are an important criteria in stocking the Museum shops. Store Director Kevin Freitag handpicks merchandise that directly benefits low-income artisans and their communities around the globe. This year, fair trade "green" offerings abound, including:

*Recycled paper-beaded jewelry from Acacia Creation is an elegant and unique fair trade gift starting at $5. Each bead is individually hand-rolled from recycled magazine paper by women in Uganda and Western Kenya.

*From India, produced under the Fair Trade system by Handmade Expressions, are beautiful handbags from recycled textile patches. Prices range from $20 to $60.

Dining Gift Certificates from the New Café

The Pepper Mill Café, the new Restaurant Associates-run café located in the heart of the Penn Museum overlooking inner garden courtyards, offers holiday gift certificates in any denomination. The Pepper Mill Café focuses on food that is fresh and healthy, and when possible, locally grown, and organic. Gift certificates may be purchased at the Pepper Mill Café or by calling (215)266-4248.

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 weekly. 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 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.

 

MUSEUM LOCATION

3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 898-4000

MUSEUM HOURS

Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
First Wednesdays: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Monday: CLOSED

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