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FREE FAMILY HOLIDAY CELEBRATION RETURNS TO THE PENN MUSEUM SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3, 11:00 AM TO 4:00 PM PHILADELPHIA. PA 2017 — Smile and get into the holiday spirit—international-style—at the Penn Museum! Gather family and friends and head to the free 22nd annual Celebrations around the World holiday celebration Sunday, December 3, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Guests receive Museum “passports” with “itineraries” to visit various countries and discover festive holiday traditions such as Diwali, the Dragon-Boat Festival, Eid-al-Fitr, Ramadan and the Mid-Autumn Festival. Drum workshops, craft-making, Indian dance, sari wrapping, rangoli, Arabic writing and Islamic culture, storytelling, and live musical performances—plus elegant face painting and joyful balloon art—are all part of the festive day, held throughout the Museum's galleries.

Saturday October 28, 11 am to 4 pm Centerpiece Altar Remembers Recent Hurricane and Earthquake Victims in Mexico, the United States and the Caribbean PHILADELPHIA, PA Fall 2017—The Penn Museum, joining with the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia and the Mexican Cultural Center, presents the sixth annual Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead Celebration Saturday, October 28, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, throughout the galleries of the international museum of art, archaeology and world cultures. Music and dance, pageantry and puppetry, paper maché artistry, sugar skull and paper flower making, face painting, a Mexico and Central America gallery tour, and special celebration foods are all part of the festive day.

For an update on these programs, visit the Museum’s online calendar of events: More information on the Museum’s special exhibitions can be found online at

Opens Up a World of Discovery for Children and Adults PHILADELPHIA, PA 2017—As the fall season kicks off, the Penn Museum (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) in Philadelphia offers new and expanded regularly scheduled programming geared to children and their families—making a trip to the Museum a fun and engaging exploration of the world.

For an update on these programs, visit the Museum’s online calendar of events: More information on the Museum’s special exhibitions can be found online at

Syrian Artist Issam Kourbaj Leads Community Art Project, Performance in Response to Crisis in Syria Penn Museum Hosts Free Event Sunday, September 17, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm (Drop-in Workshop); 5:00 to 6:00 pm (Performance by Artist)

September 2017

Friday, September 15, 6:00 to 9:00 pm PHILADELPHIA, PA 2017—Calling Mom, Dad, the kids, Grandma, and Uncle Joe! The Penn Museum is reviving a classic concept, with a new (and old, old) twist: Family Game Night.

June 28 through August 16 at the Penn Museum PHILADELPHIA, PA 2017—Summer is coming, and the Penn Museum is ready with Wednesday morning programming for children and their families, June 28 through August 16. From world music to puppetry, theater, and storytelling—even an ancient Egyptian mummification program — "World Wonders" offers a globally-focused lineup of interactive performances in the Museum’s Rainey Auditorium. For families with younger children, "Storytime Expeditions", which feature a story book reading and touchable artifacts to explore, take place in the Museum’s galleries. The programs are thematically linked, and families can choose to attend one or both programs.

Wednesday Evenings Pair Local & International Music with Access to World-Renowned Collection of Art & Artifacts PHILADELPHIA, PA—This summer, discover an outdoor concert experience that in-the-know Philadelphians have been enjoying for years. The Penn Museum’s eighth annual Summer Nights Concert Series brings an eclectic lineup of performances—including Creole Zydeco, Calypso, ‘20s Jazz, Middle Eastern folk, and more—to the relaxing garden setting of the Museum’s Stoner Courtyard. Admission is just $10 (free for PennCard holders, Penn Medicine and CHOP employees with ID; Penn Museum Members, and children under 6 years old). Concerts are presented every Wednesday evening, June 21 through September 6, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

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