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The Penn Museum's 2017 Gift-Giving Ideas

November 29, 2017

Jill DiSanto, Public Relations Director


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PHILADELPHIA, PA 2017—‘Tis the season to transform your perspective on the world—and share the excitement of discovery with friends and loved ones!

This holiday season, the Penn Museum—home to an internationally renowned collection of art and artifacts from throughout time and around the world—offers up a range of special gift ideas, as well as a free annual event, Celebrations around the World, the Museum’s annual “gift” to the community.

Museum Shop Holiday Sales

Want an international shopping experience? Then visit the Museum Shop for jewelry, clothing, accessories, and crafts, including a large selection of fair trade items, plus games, books, and more.

Thursday, December 14 through Saturday, December 23
Everyone enjoys discount days in the Museum Shop: 10% off regularly priced items for visitors, and a full 25% off for Penn Museum members!

Membership: A Gift that Keeps on Giving

To give the gifts of adventure and discovery, consider a Penn Museum membership that lasts all year. Members enjoy free general admission, access to exclusive exhibition previews—including the upcoming Middle East Galleries opening in April 2018—and special events. Also included is a subscription to the Museum’s Expedition magazine and discounts every day in the Museum Shop (15%) and Pepper Mill Café (10%).

Special offer! A Penn Museum Membership purchased as a gift in the month of December will include a copy of the latest Expedition magazine--the Museum's exclusive member's only publication—specially wrapped for the holidays.

Visit or call 215.898.5093 to select the membership that’s right for your loved one.

Celebrate the Season at the Penn Museum: Give a Private Tour

Make memories for family or friends with the gift of a private tour! Start a new tradition of bringing the gang together for a day at the Penn Museum, where you can explore 10,000 years of human history under one roof. Choose from among a wide variety of topics, including a tour of the new Middle East Galleries, a female-focused tour with "Queens, Warriors and Archaeologists: Women in the Penn Museum," or a deeper look at cultural heritage, and loss, with a tour of "Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq." View tour topics online. For information about tour options, contact Amanda Grady, Group Sales Manager atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 215.746.8183.

The Penn Museum’s Gift to You: Celebrations around the World

On Sunday, December 3, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, the Museum opens its doors to all and features free admission for the 22nd annual Celebrations around the World. This spirited event features holiday traditions from throughout the year and around the world. Groups from across the region share their cultural heritage through music and dance performances, craft stations, storytelling, and more. The Museum Shop participates with a storewide sale, too: 10% off. Event details are online.

Museum Holiday Hours:

The Penn Museum, Museum Shop, and Pepper Mill Café will be open during the holiday week, with the following exceptions: Christmas Eve (Sunday, December 24), Christmas Day (Monday December 25), New Year’s Eve (Sunday, December 31), and New Year’s Day (Monday, January 1).

The Penn Museum (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 300 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.

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); free for U.S. Military; $10 for children and full-time students with ID; free to Members, 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 offers 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.


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. The Café is open Tuesday-Thursday, 9:00 am-3:00 pm and Friday and Saturday, 10:00 am-3:00 pm. On Sundays, the Café is open 10:30 am-2:30 pm. For information, visit, call 215.898.4000, or follow @PennMuseum on social media.