Penn Museum September/October 2013 Calendar of Events

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: To access hi-res images for press, click here.

September 4
Wednesday, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
P.M. @ Penn Museum Summer Nights Concert
Leana Song
This Philadelphia-based drum & music ensemble specializing in Afro-Cuban and West African drumming combines traditional call-and-response patterned Yoruba songs with modern folk and jazz instruments and harmony. Admission: $5 (includes Museum admission). For more information, call 215.898.2680.

CartoucheSeptember 8
Sunday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Family Second Sunday Workshop
Golden Cartouches
A cartouche, an oval encircling Egyptian hieroglyphs, is a nametag of a pharaoh. In this drop-in workshop, 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. Free with Museum admission. For more information, call 215.898.4016.

September 11
Wednesday, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
P.M. @ Penn Museum Summer Nights Concert
The Boyler Boys
This Irish pub band originated during an informal session, and has been playing together for more than 15 years. The Boys play a mix of traditional and quasi-traditional tunes, jigs, reels, hornpipe, and polkas, as well as a few songs about celebrating life. Admission: $5 (includes Museum admission). For more information, call 215.898.2680.

FringeArtsSeptember 13–14
Friday, 7:00 pm; Saturday, 2:00 and 7:00 pm
FringeArts Event
Jennifer the Unspecial: Time Travel, Love Potions, and 8th Grade
The Penn Museum hosts three performances of this award-winning new musical as a 2013 FringeArts program. Staged in the dramatic setting of our Egypt (Sphinx) Gallery, the show tells the story of Jennifer—an awkward, clumsy 8th-grader who struggles to fit in—and her three classmates as they go on a journey through time. After getting marooned in ancient China and meeting historical figures ranging from Shakespeare, to Da Vinci, to members of the Women's Suffrage movement, she soon realizes she doesn't need approval from others to be a confident, radiant young woman. Admission: $15. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

EgyptRomp2September 21
Saturday, 10:30 - 11:15 am
Young Family Workshop
Gallery Romp: Egypt
Young children (ages 3 to 6) and their favorite grownups are invited to explore the Penn Museum's galleries through stories, crafts, and play. Kids can journey with Hen, Goose, and Duck on a picnic, and explore a feast for the afterlife on an Egyptian tomb mural nearby. Each workshop is limited to 25 people and advance registration is encouraged. To register, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

September 22
Sunday, 1:00 pm
Afternoon Lecture
Seth, Evil God of Power and Might
The ancient Egyptian god Seth is often seen as the god of evil in ancient Egyptian religion, as he killed his brother Osiris in order to claim the kingship of Egypt. In this lecture, Dr. Eugene Cruz-Uribe, Indiana University East, tries to rehabilitate Seth's stature, taking into account numerous new studies (including Dr. Cruz-Uribe's own) on the numerous protective roles that Seth held throughout Egyptian history. Some new and unpublished scenes of the god Seth, from the speaker's own fieldwork in Egypt, are shown. Sponsored by the American Research Center in Egypt - Pennsylvania Chapter and the Archaeological Institute of America - Philadelphia Chapter. Free admission. For more information, call 215.746.4475.

September 26
Thursday, 12:30 pm
Brown Bag Lecture
An Historic Repatriation: The Return of Native American Baskets in California
Dr. Jeffrey Fentress, San Francisco State University, speaks. In 2012, San Francisco State University repatriated Native American baskets to the federally recognized Santa Rosa Rancheria Tachi Yokut Tribe and to the non-federally recognized Tubatulabals of Kern Valley under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAPGRA). This occasion was the first time baskets had been repatriated to an Indian Tribe in California, and the first time in the United States that a basket was repatriated to a non-federal Indian group. The research and consultation process leading to the repatriation is described in this talk, with photos and video of the celebration marking the return of the baskets to the tribes. Sponsored by the Penn Cultural Heritage Center. Free admission. For more information, call 215.746.4475.

gp13-logo copySeptember 28
Saturday, 1:00 - 5:00 pm
World Culture Afternoon
Turkish Delight!
Visitors are invited to an afternoon of pure Turkish delight! The event features Turkish dancing and music, talks on ancient and modern Turkey, an authentic cuisine demonstration, crafts, and more. This GlobalPhilly 2013 event is sponsored by the Turkish American Friendship Society of the United States and the Middle East Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Free with Museum admission. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

October 2
Wednesday, 6:00 pm
"Great Voyages" Lecture
The Voyages of Chinese Explorer Zheng He
Dr. Adam Smith, Assistant Curator, Asian Section, kicks off the 2013–2014 "Great Lectures" series. This year's theme: Great Voyages. Zheng He, a Muslim-born eunuch, is the most famous of the men that led the spectacular maritime expeditions of the Ming Dynasty, mounted during the early 15th century as an assertion of China's power and prestige among neighboring peoples of Southeast Asia. Dr. Smith discusses Zheng He's seven voyages, which reached beyond Southeast Asia to India, the Middle East, and the east coast of Africa over three decades—half a century before Portuguese navigators reached these same regions via the Cape of Good Hope. Sign up for a series subscription and save: $40, general public. Individual lecture with advance registration: $5, general public; $10 at the door based on availability. Registration will be available beginning August 15 at For more information, call 215.898.2680.

October 2
Wednesday, 6:00 pm
P.M. @ Penn Museum
1st Wednesday Quizzo
Penn Museum galleries stay open until 8:00 pm, with a half-hour gallery tour at 5:00 pm. Watch or sign up with a team and compete for prizes at Quizzo with DJ Quizzy Jeff at 6:00 pm. The Pepper Mill Café offers happy hour specials and light supper until 7:30 pm. The Museum Shop remains open until 7:30 pm. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

A Place That MattersOctober 3
Thursday, 4:30 pm
Afternoon Lecture
A Place that Matters Yet: South Africa's MuseumAfrica in the Postcolonial World
In this lecture, Dr. Sara Byala, Critical Writing Program, University of Pennsylvania and author of A Place That Matters Yet, argues that MuseumAfrica (formerly the Africana Museum) retains its relevance in postcolonial Johannesburg despite its current reputation as an outmoded colonial space. By reimagining the museum as an archive—both of material culture and of ideas about material culture—in the eras before, during, and after apartheid, Dr. Byala tells a little-known story while discussing a method for reanimating colonial institutions in general. Book signing to follow. Sponsored by the Penn Cultural Heritage Center. Free admission. For more information, call 215.746.4475.

October 8
Tuesday, 6:15 pm
Evening Lecture
Art, Archaeology, and Advanced Technology: The Case of the Alexander Mosaic at Pompeii
Dr. John Dobbins, University of Virginia at Charlottesville, speaks. The Alexander Mosaic from the House of Faun at Pompeii is one of the most famous mosaics that survived from antiquity. The mosaic is well lighted and easy to see in its present location at the National Museum of Naples. In this lecture, Dr. Dobbins discusses the ancient viewing conditions that existed at the House of Faun, which have been recreated using a 3-D model of the house designed by Ethan Gruber, a colleague at the University of Virginia. Sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America - Philadelphia Chapter. Free admission.

RM Press Pic 2012.03October 11
Friday, 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Young Professionals Event
Jump 'N Funk
Join the Penn Museum for a night of music, dance, and networking at this all-night event. Rich Medina and The Marksmen headline the evening, presenting an energetic set of hip-hop, house, Afrobeat, funk, and soul music in the Museum's Egypt (Mummies) Gallery. Attendees must be 21+ and show ID. Admission: $10. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

October 13
Sunday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Family Second Sunday Workshop
Owl Puppets
Athena, a favorite goddess of the ancient Greeks, is symbolized by an owl. Craft your own owl puppet to take home during this drop-in workshop. Learn more about Athena and other ancient Greek gods when you explore the Greece Gallery with a brochure. Free with Museum admission. For more information, call 215.898.4016.

IvonneAndAdriaOctober 13
Sunday, 2:00 pm
Second Sunday Culture Film
Maestra (2011)
This year's Second Sunday Culture Films series kicks off with the 2011 documentary, Maestra. In Cuba in 1961, some 250,000 volunteer teachers joined the Cuban Literacy Campaign, traveling to all corners of the country to teach families how to read and write. Many volunteers were under 18, and more than half were women. Using interviews, still photos, and archival film footage, this film explores the experiences of nine of those women, and how their lives were changed as a result. After the film, Dr. Rachel Ellis Neyra, Wesleyan University, leads a discussion on how "reglobalization" will affect Cuba. Sponsored by the Philadelphia Film Society, Penn Cinema Studies, the Penn Humanities Forum, the University Museum Library, and Penn Latin American and Latino Studies. Free with Museum admission. For more information, visit

TukufuZuberiOctober 17
Thursday, 4:30 pm
Penn Premiere Film Screening
African Independence by Dr. Tukufu Zuberi
African Independence, a feature length documentary written, directed, and produced by University of Pennsylvania professor and PBS' History Detectives host Tukufu Zuberi, has won awards and kudos internationally since its January premiere. The film explores the epic, evolving story of Africa today, told through the lens of four watershed events—World War II, the end of colonialism, the Cold War, and the era of African Republics—which have redefined a continent once wracked by enslavement and shaped by European colonization. The film is presented in conjunction with Dr. Zuberi's current exhibition, Black Bodies in Propaganda: The Art of the War Poster, on view through March 2, 2014. Dr. Zuberi offers an introduction to the film. This GlobalPhilly 2013 featured event is cosponsored by the Penn Center for Africana Studies. Free admission; online reservations highly recommended at For more information, call 215.898.2680.

October 17
Thursday, 6:00 pm
Young Friends Halloween Event
The Curse of Tutankhamun
Halloween is just around the corner, and the Young Friends—young professionals and graduate students, ages 21 to 45—invite guests to join them in welcoming Dr. David Silverman, Curator, Egyptian Section, for a look at the "Curse of Tutankhamun." Guests can hear tales of death and mystery surrounding the exploration of Tut's tomb, and enjoy drinks from a cash bar. Admission: $10. For more information, call 215.898.5093.

October 18
Friday, 6:00 pm - Saturday, 9:00 am
Sleepover Program
40 Winks with the Sphinx
Penn Museum's popular sleepover program, geared to ages 6 to 12 and their families or chaperones, invites guests to an overnight "expedition" of the Museum. The night's activities take intrepid explorers on a journey through time and across continents, with hands-on games, crafts, and more! A scavenger hunt and a flashlight expedition through the galleries offer new ways to connect with the ancient artifacts awaiting discovery. Later in the night, explorers roll out their sleeping bags to doze at the foot of the largest granite Sphinx in the Western Hemisphere! Sleepovers sell out quickly, so register now for the fall and winter! To register, visit

SphinxAngleOctober 19
Saturday, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
National Archaeology Day Celebration
Hijinks with the Sphinx
This month, our magnificent, 3,200-year-old granite Sphinx, the largest in the Western Hemisphere, is celebrating its 100-year anniversary at the Penn Museum! Guests hear stories of the Sphinx, and see an Egyptian "kitch" exhibition drawn from the Museum Egyptologists' personal collections. Visitors can match wits in a True/False game about ancient Egypt, and race through an Indiana Jones-style obstacle course, before joining the Sphinx for a celebratory slice of cake at this Egypt-mania afternoon of fun for all ages. Free with Museum admission. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

October 19
Saturday, 3:30 pm
Afternoon Lecture
The Millionaire and the Mummies: Theodore Davis's Gilded Age in the Valley of the Kings
In this lecture, John M. Adams, American Research Center in Egypt, speaks about Theodore Davis, one of the most famous names in archaeology at the start of the 20th century. Davis was a poor country preacher's son who won great wealth in Gilded Age New York through corruption and fraud, only to atone for his ruthless career by inventing new standards for systematic excavation, and by discovering a record 18 tombs in Egypt's Valley of the Kings. Sponsored by the American Research Center in Egypt - Pennsylvania Chapter. Admission: $8. For more information, visit

VesuviusOctober 20
Sunday, 2:00 pm
Pompeii Lecture Series
Mount Vesuvius in Human History
The Pompeii Lecture Series, presented in conjunction with The Franklin Institute's new "A Day in Pompeii" exhibition, kicks off with this talk by Dr. Robert Giegengack, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Mount Vesuvius is the most active volcano in Europe and the Mediterranean; its explosive eruption in 79 CE produced a cloud of heated dust and gases that killed about 16,000 people in Pompeii, Herculaneum, and the adjacent countryside. In this lecture, Dr. Giegengack discusses the history and science surrounding the eruptions of Vesuvius and other volcanoes in the Calabrian Arc. Admission: $10, general public; $5, Penn Museum members and Franklin Institute members. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

October 23
Wednesday, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Free Community Night
Penn Museum Open House
Find out more about what happens in the galleries—and behind the scenes—at this 125-year-old museum of archaeology and anthropology, where new research and discoveries continue to happen. Curators, keepers, and researchers share some of their projects. Docents offer gallery tours, and graduate students teach Egyptian hieroglyphics and Sumerian cuneiform mini-classes. Guests can also enjoy live performances of music and dance in the galleries. Free admission.

October 26
Saturday, 10:30 - 11:15 am
Young Family Workshop
Gallery Romp: Egypt
Young children (ages 3 to 6) and their favorite grownups are invited to explore The Penn Museum's galleries through stories, crafts and play. Kids can take an adventure with Bill and Pete down the Nile at the foot of the Museum's 12-ton sphinx, and make a special craft inspired by ancient Egypt to take home. Each workshop is limited to 25 people and advance registration is encouraged. To register, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

October 26
Saturday, 2:00 pm
Panel Discussion
Women in the Civil War
The American Civil War reached beyond the battlefields to affect the life of every American citizen. In this panel discussion, three scholars discuss the effects of the war on American women in both the North and South—touching on the lives of free black women in the Union, alienated white women in the Confederacy, and women laborers who fought for a fair wage. With the men away, women were forced to enter civil society—to do the farming, the accounting, work in industry, and fend for themselves, including rioting and raiding government warehouses to feed their starving children. The Women's Movement had begun within the Anti-Slavery Societies, but the Civil War set in motion a movement that could not be stopped. Free admission. For more information, call 215.898.2680.


The Penn Museum (the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. 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.

The 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 21, 30, 40, and 42. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and first Wednesdays of each month until 8:00 pm, with P.M. @ PENN MUSEUM evening programs offered. Closed Mondays and holidays. Admission donation is $15 for adults; $13 for senior citizens (65 and above); $10 for children and full-time students with ID; free to Members, active U.S. Military, PennCard holders, and children 5 and younger.

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 For general information call 215.898.4000. For group tour information call 215.746.8183.


Image captions, top to bottom: Families learn about ancient Egyptian cartouches at our Second Sunday Family Workshop, September 8 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm (photo by Penn Museum); the Penn Museum's gallery romp on Saturday, September 21lets young children discover our majestic Egypt Galleries (photo by Penn Museum); Dr. Sara Byala, author of A Place That Matters Yet, speaks at the Penn Museum on October 3 (book cover courtesy University of Chicago Press); Rich Medina headlines a night of music, dance, and networking, October 11 at the Penn Museum (photo courtesy of Rich Medina); Volunteers in the Cuban Literacy Campaign in 1961 are the focus of our Second Sunday Culture Film, October 13 at 2:00 pm; Dr. Tukufu Zuberi introduces his film "African Independence" at the Penn Museum, Thursday, October 17 (photo courtesy Tukufu Zuberi); ); the Penn Museum celebrates the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the Sphinx of Ramesses II, the largest granite sphinx in the western hemisphere, with a special celebration on October 19 (photo by Penn Museum); the numerous eruptions of Mt. Vesuvius are the topic of this lecture by Dr. Robert Giegengack (public domain image).


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


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


Sign up for our e-newsletter

Trip Advisor
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology | Penn Logo
3260 South Street | Philadelphia, PA 19104 | (215) 898-4000 | Contacts

With Art Philadelphia