Join a Penn Museum educator every second Sunday of the month from October-May to learn new perspectives about ancient and contemporary cultures through hands-on activities. Each Workshop includes an art project and gallery activities. All activities are free with admission donation. Attendees may drop in anytime between 1:00pm - 4:00pm to participate in the Workshop. Family Tours are conducted at 1:00pm and 3:00pm.
Attend a Family Second Sunday Workshop and automatically become a member of Penn Museum’s Art Excavators Club. Club members who attend three Family Second Sunday workshops receive a free surprise! Penn Museum members at the Household level receive one free pass towards the surprise.
Shake Your Sistrum!
Craft a sistrum , a sacred percussion instrument of ancient Egypt. Discover the sistrum and instruments from around the world on a guided family tour.
It’s Native American Heritage month. Explore the diversity of vessels in Native American Voices on a guided family tour. Fashion your own basket to take home.
Get hands-on with coin replicas from the Mediterranean. Work with foam and metallic markers to etch your own coin to take home. Visit the Greek Gallery on a family tour.
Mandarin squares, or rank badges—large and colorful embroidered badges featuring animal insignias—were once sewn onto the coats of officials in Imperial China. Design your own square through collage. Go on a mini-tour of military history.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Show your love to your mummy, daddy, sibling, or friend. Work with mixed media to create a valentine, complete with ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs.
The Midas Touch
Explore the newly installed exhibition devoted to King Midas. Get inspired by the artifacts in the exhibition and work with foil to etch your own golden object to take home.
Chinese Calligraphy Scrolls
Calligraphy is a revered art form in China; hanging scrolls have been discovered in tombs dating back to the Han Dynasty (206 BCE–220 CE). In this drop-in workshop, participants select their favorite Chinese characters to mount upon a banner. Then, guests can take an interactive tour the China Gallery.
Bring the whole clan for Mummies Day! Amulets were worn by ancient Egyptians for protection. Work with beads and clay to craft an amulet necklace. Discover other ancient Egyptian magical objects on a family gallery tour.