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Free Admission for Kids & Teens During “Winter Break” at the Penn Museum, Dec. 29 & 30

October 25, 2021

Jill DiSanto, Public Relations Director


Kids looking at the Penn Museum's sphinx

PHILADELPHIA — Kids and teens (ages 17 and under) receive free admission during ”Winter Break” at the Penn Museum from December 29-30 11:00 AM-4:00 PM.

With Creation Stations for young artists, highlights tours, games, and self-guided exploration, such as scavenger hunts or the Amazing Artifacts tour, featuring QR codes to "dig deeper” into each object, Winter Break offers fun, global adventures for families looking to enhance their holiday experiences with history and living cultures from around the world.

Designed to be educational and fun for all ages, each day will highlight a different gallery inside the Museum:

  • Wednesday, December 29 - Africa Galleries
  • Thursday, December 30 - Mexico and Central America Gallery

Winter Break at the Penn Museum offers storytime, a Daily Dig (15-minute “deep dive” into one object on display), and free tours with Global Guides, Philadelphia residents who share their personal experiences from their countries of origin combined with historical information.
In addition, after a temporary hiatus, Cartifacts! are back. Touchable artifacts encourage visitors to take a “hands on” approach—touching objects that feel just like ancient Egyptian papyrus, linen, and more. Plenty of hand sanitizer is nearby and disinfecting wipes will be used between visitors for everyone’s safety.

As a part of its Winter Break, the Penn Museum is also hosting a clothing drive to benefit Project HOME and The Wardrobe.

The Museum’s newest exhibition, The Stories We Wear, showcases 2,500 years of style through 250 remarkable objects, such as evening gowns, ancient tattoos, weapons, and regalia.

Winter Break activities are included with general admission. Tickets are now available online. Ensuring a safe visit for all remains a top priority as the Museum requires masks and social distancing as part of its safety guidelines.

For Adults Only
On Wednesday, December 29 and Thursday December 30 at 5:30 PM, the 21+ crowd can explore the Penn Museum after dark with “Night Vision,” a flashlight-led tour through the galleries that focuses on ancient creatures, monsters, myths, and legends. $35, two drinks included. Advance tickets are now available online.


About the Penn Museum
The Penn Museum’s mission is to be a center for inquiry and the ongoing exploration of humanity for our University of Pennsylvania, regional, national, and global communities, following ethical standards and practices. Through conducting research, stewarding collections, creating learning opportunities, sharing stories, and creating experiences that expand access to archaeology and anthropology, the Museum builds empathy and connections across diverse cultures.

The Penn Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm. It is open until 8:00 pm on first Wednesdays of the month through March. The Café is open Tuesday-Thursday, 9:00 am-3:00 pm and Friday and Saturday, 10:00 am-2:00 pm. For information, visit, call 215.898.4000, or follow @PennMuseum on social media.