Golden Gala at the Penn Museum. Save the Date: November 11, 2022.

Golden Gala

Friday, November 11

Penn Museum, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia PA 19104

We invite you to celebrate cross-cultural creativity and innovation at the Penn Museum Golden Gala on Friday, November 11. The Museum’s fourth biennial Golden Gala will reveal the re-imagined Eastern Mediterranean Gallery, a dramatic 2,000-square-foot space that explores one of the greatest crossroads of culture in history—today’s Israel, Jordan, the Palestinian Territories, and their cultural exchange in the ancient world with Crete, Cyprus, Egypt, and Mesopotamia.

Illuminating Penn’s excavated collections and ongoing research into the area’s rich, complex history, the Gallery provides new archaeological evidence transforming what we think we know. Ascending the grand staircase to the Museum’s Upper Level, you will be transported to the Mediterranean coast 3,500 years ago, seeing first a near-life-sized section of a sunken ancient trading ship displayed to reveal its rich cargo hold—gold, copper, bronze, and other goods—yielding new clues about a vast network of cultural exchange.

Enjoy an intimate and exclusive look at nearly 400 artifacts during an enchanting evening of cocktails, dinner, and dancing.

Event Timeline
5:45pm Early Admission
6:30pm General Admission
Cocktail Reception and exhibition preview ofour reimagined Eastern Mediterranean Gallery
7:45pm Dinner
9:30pm Late Night Party

For questions about the Golden Gala please contact Therese Marmion or call Therese at 215.898.3165.


Table and Ticket Levels

All levels include cocktail reception, gallery preview, after party, valet parking, and recognition in the Gala program.

Buy Tickets

Tickets can be purchased online or fill out and mail in our registration form.

Premier Sponsor: $100,000 ($93,900 tax deductible)

Early admission for 20 guests (two tables) to attend a champagne toast with Williams Director Chris Woods and talk with the gallery curatorial team. Also includes premier dinner seating and the exclusive opportunity to host a private event with after-hours access to the newly renovated gallery within the first weeks of public opening.*

Prime Sponsor: $50,000 ($46,950 tax deductible)

Early admission for 10 guests (one table) to attend a champagne toast with Williams Director Chris Woods and talk with the gallery curatorial team. Also includes preferred dinner seating and the exclusive opportunity to host a private event with after-hours access to the new gallery within the first weeks of the public opening.*

Contributing Sponsor: $25,000 ($21,950 tax deductible)

Early admission for 10 guests (one table) to attend a champagne toast with Williams Director Chris Woods and talk with the gallery curatorial team. Also includes preferred dinner seating and VIP access passes for a private tour of the newly renovated gallery at a later date.

Sponsor: $10,000 ($7,250 tax deductible)

Admission for 10 guests (one table) and VIP passes for a return visit to the newly renovated gallery at a later date.

Benefactor Ticket: $2,500 ($2,195 tax deductible)

Early admission to attend a champagne toast with Williams Director Chris Woodsand talk with the gallery curatorial team. Also includes dinner seating for one guest and a VIP pass for a return visit to the newly renovated gallery at a later date.

Patron Ticket: $1,000 ($725 tax deductible)

Admission for one guest.

*Although rental, security, and housekeeping costs will be waived, catering costs will apply.


Proceeds from the Penn Museum Golden Gala support our work of ongoing excavations and research, educational and public programming, and stewardship of our world-renowned collections.


2022 Golden Gala
Co-Chairs
  • Alice S. Sachs, CW69, &
    Herbert L. Sachs, W69, PAR
  • Cason Crane & Fran McGill

Photos from the 2019 Golden Gala at the Penn Museum. To see more photos, check our 2019 Golden Gala album.