Since 1972, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has designated locations of cultural and natural significance that are of outstanding value to humanity as World Heritage Sites.
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Sites designated by UNESCO highlight masterpieces of human creative genius, such as great archaeological sites, sublime works of religious architecture, monumental sculpture and painting, classic urban landscapes, and masterworks of architecture and engineering. Similarly, UNESCO also notes our planet’s most magnificent natural features, physical and biological formations, and areas of noteworthy beauty and scientific value.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites comprise a breathtaking panorama of our world’s greatest treasures, both natural and man-made, located in 167 countries. Learn about a selection of these sites at Penn Museum’s Great Lecture Series: World Heritage.
Individual event tickets available through the listings below.
Great Lecture Series Events
India and the World Heritage Convention at 50
Wednesday | October 12 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm ET
The Birthplace of the Buddha and Other Failures
Wednesday | November 2 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm ET
Becoming an UNESCO World Heritage Site
Wednesday | December 7 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm ET
World Heritage in South Africa's Cradle of Humankind
Wednesday | January 11 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm ET
Histories of Historic Preservation in the United States
Wednesday | February 1 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm ET
Teotihuacan: Rome of the Ancient Americas
Wednesday | March 1 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm ET
North American Mounds as World Heritage
Wednesday | April 12 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm ET
Marshland of Cities: Lagash and its Neighbors ca. 2500 BCE
Wednesday | May 3 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm ET
Saving the Archaeology and Monuments of Lower Nubia
Wednesday | June 7 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm ET