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The Penn Museum's Response to COVID-19

The Penn Museum prioritizes the health and well-being of our guests, volunteers, and staff. Due to ongoing public health concerns, the Museum is temporarily closed to the public. We will monitor closely and share updates through this page and emails to patrons.

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Over the last several days, the Museum’s housekeeping staff have been cleaning and disinfecting all public spaces, especially high touch points, with increased frequency. We do not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 connected to the Museum but wish to minimize ongoing risk for our community.

All public events have been postponed or cancelled or postponed until further notice; please check the list below for details. However, from YouTube videos to the online collections database, there is always something to discover at www.penn.museum/collections. We are also looking into livestreaming some events and activities—stay tuned for more details.

If you have purchased Museum admission tickets, we would be happy to honor your tickets at any point in 2020. (No action is needed to postpone using your tickets.) If you will not be able to visit the Museum before the end of 2020, please contact Visitor Services at 215.898.4000 during Museum hours or visitorservices@pennmuseum.org at any time to request a refund.

We will continue to evaluate this changing situation and look forward to announcing when we will be able to reopen to visitors. In the meantime, we hope that you stay safe and well during this unprecedented time. Thank you for your understanding.

Updated March 13, 2020

What events have been postponed or cancelled?

The following events have been cancelled, postponed, or rescheduled, in accordance with CDC and Penn recommendations for social distancing.

Date Event Status
April 1 Great Lecture: "The Great Maya Collapse," Dr. Simon Martin May 20
April 1 Adult Class: Sekere Make and Shake Part 1 Cancelled
April 1 Drum Circle Workshop Cancelled
April 3 - 4 The Future of Ethnoarchaeology Conference Cancelled
April 4 Penn Cultural Heritage Center’s Second Annual Meeting on Community Archaeology & Heritage: “Owning (up to) the Past” Cancelled
April 4 Asian Collection Seminar: “Rediscovering Chinese Paintings in the Penn Museum Collection” Postponed
April 4 Dig In! New Members' Tour: Family-Friendly Edition Cancelled
April 4 Unpacking "Cultural Exchange" Cancelled
April 7 Sharing with Friends Museum Playdate Cancelled
April 8 Adult Class: Sekere Make and Shake Part 2 Cancelled
April 9 PennCHC'S “Between Heritage and Destruction: The Case of Murujuga Petroglyphs,” Dr. Jose Antonio Gonzalez Zarandona Cancelled
April 9 Inked: African Printed Cloth Fall 2020
April 9 Coffee with a Keeper: Katherine Blanchard Cancelled
April 15 Adult Class: Sekere Make and Shake Part 3 Cancelled
April 16 Drinking in Culture: Mexican Mezcal and Tequila Cancelled
April 30 40 Winks Sleepover Cancelled
April 18 Asian Collection Seminar: “Arts of the Liao Dynasty: The Bodhisattva, the Luohan and the Burial Mask" Postponed
April 22 Adult Class: Sekere Make and Shake Part 4 Cancelled
April 23 Ancient Alcohol: A Taste of Bygone Booze and Beer Tasting Cancelled
May 2 Asian Collection Seminar: “Mountain Manuscripts and Concealed Sutras” Postponed

If you have a ticket for a cancelled event or if you cannot attend a rescheduled event, you may donate the value of your ticket(s) as a much-appreciated gift to the Penn Museum’s Annual Fund. Or, to request a refund, please contact Public Engagement at 215.898.2680 or events@pennmuseum.org.

Where can I find out more?

This page is updated regularly. The University of Pennsylvania is also monitoring the situation and providing updates at coronavirus.upenn.edu.

Other resources and additional information are available from

We appreciate your understanding during this time.