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The Penn Museum offers a wide range of programs geared to multiple ages and interests. This fall, a rich variety of new opportunities invite you to experience the international museum and galleries in unique and personal ways. Read on to learn more.


The Daily Dig

One artifact, 15 minutes, endless insights

The Penn Museum is home to remarkable objects and their powerful stories. Every day at 1:00 pm, dig into a 15-minute exploration of an extraordinary artifact. Gain deeper insights into its history, cultural context, caretaking, and more while you hear the unique perspectives of archaeologists, anthropologists, scientists, conservators, archivists, and other Museum specialists. After the talk, you are welcome to explore your questions with the presenter.

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Free with General Admission


Conversational Corners

Weekly explorations for the linguistically curious

Let the international galleries of the Museum be your inspiration as you practice second language skills. Conversational Corners are unfacilitated events offered Tuesdays from 9:00 to 11:00 am; the Penn Museum provides a topic for discussion and the atmosphere, and YOU bring the dedication and patience! This free program is hosted in the Museum Café; optional admission to the galleries is additional. Enter through the Group Entrance on the east side of building.

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Free Admission


Crafternoons: DIY at the Museum

Hands-on programs to tap into your creative side

If you're a crafter looking for inspiration for engaging projects—perhaps a cross-stitch of a cuneiform tablet, or a headdress inspired by the regal adornments of Queen Puabi—you'll find them on Wednesday afternoons, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, as the Museum opens its doors to crafting groups and individual creators alike. Changing weekly topics include cross-stitching, knitting, scrapbooking, and jewelry-making.

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Free Admission


Museum Mile

Morning exercise at a manageable pace

Walking is one of the simplest ways to get and stay active. starting this month, we invite you to walk the world on the Museum Mile with a Museum staff member! We've mapped out a one-mile indoor walking workout, available for early birds before the Museum officially opens—no matter what the weather outside. Walkers get in 2,000 steps as they journey past massive stone pharaohs of Egypt, Buddhist sculptures of China, Etruscan battle armor, and more. This monthly program kicks off Thursday, September 13, 8:30 - 9:30 am; enter through the Group Entrance, east side of the Museum.

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Admission: $5; free for members (bring your own mug for $1 coffee)


Coffee with a Keeper

Unique opportunities to engage with Penn Museum experts

Come enjoy your morning coffee in the company of a Penn Museum expert during Coffee with a Keeper. Second Fridays every month, a collections keeper, conservator, educator, exhibition designer, or other Museum staff member takes a long coffee break to discuss their work, offering you an insider’s perspective on the Museum from those who know it best! The series kicks off with Dr. Janet Monge, Associate Curator-in-Charge and Keeper, Physical Anthropology Section (pictured). This program is hosted in the Museum Café (enter at the Group Entrance, east side of the building).

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Admission: $5; free for members (bring your own mug for $1 coffee)


Ancient Spices and Modern Kitchens

A six-week, non-credit course for inquisitive adults

The spices housed in most kitchen cabinets have ancient roots and are infused with centuries of varied uses—from culinary to medicinal. In Ancient Spices and Modern Kitchens, a six-week course for adults beginning Wednesday, September 26, clinical herbalist Kelly McCarthy teaches students about contemporary and historic uses of herbs with Middle Eastern roots, including turmeric, cumin, cardamom, cinnamon, and clove. Join us for an in-depth look at which medicinal components are at play, and create concoctions to take home for use in the kitchen or medicine cabinet. This course is designed for anyone with an interest in cooking, gardening, or herbalism, and is intended to engage beginners as well as seasoned plant lovers.

Advanced online Registration Required
Class cost: $250; Members, $225.

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