World Culture Days at the Penn Museum

See the whole world... all under one roof! The Penn Museum's popular World Culture 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. Check out our Events Calendar for upcoming Saturday celebrations.

Pick up a Passport to Cultures at any admission desk to begin collecting stamps during any of the World Culture Series celebrations. Collect 10 or more stamps to earn an invitation to a special Penn Museum Junior Anthropologist ceremony!

Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Visitors are invited to an afternoon of pure Turkish delight! The all- ages event features Turkish dancing and music, talks on ancient and modern Turkey, an authentic cuisine demonstration, crafts, and more. Guests may visit The Golden Age of King Midas to explore the ancient Phrygian culture that once held sway over much of what is now Turkey. Turkish Delight! is co-sponsored by the Turkish American Friendship Society of the United States (TAFSUS) and the Middle East Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

Free with General Admission (Midas special exhibition, additional $5)

Past Events



Saturday, March 19, 2016

It's a celebration of all things Egyptian at this World Culture Day. The galleries come to life with Mummy Makers workshops, interactive belly-dancing, hands-on crafts and games, and Egyptian hieroglyph lessons. Guests can also enjoy talks on Egyptian history and archaeology, including Egyptologists Josef Wegner and Jennifer Houser Wegner telling stories from their new book, The Sphinx That Traveled to Philadelphia: The Story of the Colossal Sphinx in the Penn Museum.

Free with General Admission

World Culture Day 2009

Celebration of African Cultures

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Modern African dance and traditional African music, an African marketplace, a mancala game station, craft making for families and more converge at the Penn Museum’s annual Celebration of African Cultures on Saturday, February 27, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Local griots and artists lead guests in an interactive exploration of traditions from across the African continent, set among the Museum’s collection of textiles, sculpture, and masks in the Africa Gallery, as well as among statuary and tomb materials from 5,000 years of Egyptian culture in the Egyptian galleries. Egun Omode (Children of the Ancestors), a West African dance and drum and Yoruba-folklore performing arts collective, offers a grande finale performance.

Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead Celebration

Saturday, October 31, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

The Mexican Cultural Center, the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia, and the Penn Museum present this Day of the Dead celebration. Enjoy Mexican culture and the rich traditions of Día de los Muertos at this family-friendly afternoon filled with music and dance, puppetry and storytelling, and arts and crafts. The centerpiece of the afternoon, presented in the Museum's majestic Rotunda, is a traditional Day of the Dead altar created by artists from the Mexican Cultural Center and the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia, built just for the celebration, with dedications to those who died placed upon the ofrenda (altar). Groups invited by the Mexican Cultural Center display smaller altars, which compete for prizes. Free with Museum admission.


Annual Chinese New Year Celebration

Saturday, January 30, 2016, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

The Penn Museum’s Chinese New Year celebration, one of Philadelphia’s oldest, is a daylong extravaganza held in the China Gallery, which houses one of the finest collections of monumental Chinese art in the country, and throughout the international galleries of Museum. Swing into the Chinese New Year to celebrate the Year of the Monkey—and learn more about how the Lunar New Year is celebrated throughout Asia. The whole family can enjoy traditional music and dance, tai chi and tangram workshops, a Shaolin-style Kung Fu demonstration, family gallery tours, storytelling, crafts and much more before the day ends with a drum roll, a roar, and the popular Grand Finale Lion Dance Parade. Free with Museum admission.


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