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Penn Museum's 2016-17 Lecture Series Begins Wednesday, October 5 Philadelphia, PA, Fall 2016—From centaurs to sphinxes to constellations in the stars, a fascinating array of strange and powerful creatures—some mythical, some real—have been recognized by human civilizations throughout our history. These ancient beasts come to light in the Penn Museum’s new Great Beasts of Legend evening lecture series, featuring prominent scholars from the Penn Museum and the University of Pennsylvania. The series opens Wednesday, October 5 at 6:00 pm, and continues the first Wednesday of each month through June 2017.

Features Thought-Provoking Documentaries, Discussions, October through March PHILADELPHIA, PA September 2016—Our language and our culture are deeply intertwined, so much so that some may say language is culture. How is that? This fall through spring, the Penn Museum’s Second Sunday Culture Film Series explores aspects of translation, accents, culture, and language through a range of documentaries that connect with extraordinary people and diverse locales around the world: from a Chinese-owned diner in the Canadian Plains, to hip hop culture in New Zealand, to Korean children at a school for the deaf in California. The Language is Culture series is co-sponsored by the 2016-2017 Penn Humanities Forum on Translation.

Sunday, October 16 at 3:00 pm Penn Museum’s Ancient Collections Provide Inspiration for Part of the Program, “Very Old Film and Very Old Texts with Very New Music” Relâche, Philadelphia’s internationally renowned new music octet, opens its fourth season in residence at the Penn Museum on Sunday, October 16, at 3:00 pm, with a program that includes new music inspired some of the Museum’s oldest, and most famous artifacts: clay cuneiform tablets bearing some of the world’s earliest literature from ancient Mesopotamia. "Very Old Film and Very, Very Old Texts with Very New Music" features the premiere of Sumer Redux by Relâche composer and bassoonist Chuck Holdeman.

The Public Classroom @ Penn Museum: Internationally Renowned Experts Come Together to Offer Free, Five Session Course, Open Access Documentary, and Discussion Tools, on Controversial Topic Science and Race: History, Use and Abuse Begins September 21 What is this thing called “race?” Scientists agree that many common assumptions about race are wrong—yet the consequences of racism are very real.

The Penn Museum offers a wide range of programming for diverse ages and interests: talks, tours, concerts, films, happy hour and young adult events, homeschool days and family days, afternoons, and sleepovers, even gallery romps for the littlest ones. For the most updated information on programs, and for online pre-registration (optional or required for some programs) visit the Museum’s website:

in Two Fringe Festival Performances Saturday, September 10 Ancient Play Gets Evocative Setting in Museum’s Ancient Culture Galleries The Penn Museum’s dramatic third floor galleries featuring ancient artifacts from ages past provide an evocative setting for a powerful Fringe Festival production of Aeschylus’ The Eumenides on Saturday, September 10, with performances at 8:00 pm and again at 9:45 pm. Tickets to the theater-in-the-galleries moving production, where guests follow the actors and the story from room to room, are $15; advance tickets are available online at the Philadelphia Fringe ticket website (

PHILADELPHIA, PA, SUMMER 2016 — Active duty military personnel and their families searching for summer fun in the city can enjoy free admission to the Penn Museum Memorial Day through Labor Day* through Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Military personnel and their families need only to show valid military or military family ID to receive complimentary admission for up to five family members. The complete list of participating museums is available at

Penn Museum is a founding partner and a core collaborator of the annual Philadelphia Science Festival, running April 22 through 30, 2016. Founded in 2011, the Festival is an innovative, nine-day celebration that explores the many ways that science and technology touch our everyday lives. A citywide collaboration, the Festival unites 200 of the region’s most influential institutions, museums and cultural centers in a common goal. We hope you will join us at one of the six events we are a part of this year, and explore the other 70+ events available throughout the Festival. Created, organized and led by The Franklin Institute and presented by The Dow Chemical Company, the annual Festival brings science to restaurants, parks, breweries, libraries, museums and other neighborhood places!

PHILADELPHIA, PA 2016—Mummification workshops, ancient Egyptian hieroglyph classes, an “Animals of Egypt” guided family tour, presentations by Egyptologists, archaeologists and archivists, Egyptian belly dancing, game and craft stations with distinctly ancient Egyptian themes—it’s all part of Egyptomania!—and it takes over the Penn Museum Saturday March 19, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

PHILADELPHIA, PA Winter 2016— Relâche, Philadelphia’s renowned new music ensemble, offers a Turkish-inspired afternoon concert in honor of the Penn Museum’s The Golden Age of King Midas exhibition, on Saturday, February 27, with admission to the special exhibition at 2:00 pm and concert at 3:00 pm. Admission to the concert and exhibition is $20; $15 Penn Museum members; $5 for students with ID (and free for accompanying second student). Guests may pay online in advance ( or at the door, subject to availability.

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