Press Releases: Events
PHILADELPHIA, PA 2016—Modern African dance and traditional African music, an African marketplace, a mancala game station, craft making for families and more converge at the Penn Museum’s annual Celebration of African Cultures on Saturday, February 27, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Local griots and artists lead guests in an interactive exploration of traditions from across the African continent, set among the Museum’s collection of textiles, sculpture, and masks in the Africa Gallery, as well as among statuary and tomb materials from 5,000 years of Egyptian culture in the Egyptian galleries. Egun Omode (Children of the Ancestors), a West African dance and drum and Yoruba-folklore performing arts collective, offers a grande finale performance. The celebration is free with Museum admission ($15, general admission; $13, seniors [65+]; $10, children [6-17] and full-time students [with ID]; $2 ACCESS Card holders; free to children under 5, members, active U.S. Military, STAMP and
PHILADELPHIA, PA 2016—This February, the Penn Museum, recognized as a WeddingWire Couples’ Choice winner for the third year in a row, invites friends and fiancées to celebrate Valentine’s Day through music, Museum Quickies (5-7 minute lectures), a special exhibition SEX: A History in 30 Objects, and more. For families, there’s a hieroglyphic Valentine’s Day make and take workshop. For the most updated information on programs offered at the Penn Museum, and for online pre-registration (optional or required for some programs) visit the Museum’s website: www.penn.museum/calendar
Opening Day Celebration for World Premiere The Golden Age of King Midas Offers Immersive Experience into Ancient Past at the Penn Museum Saturday, February 13, 2016 PHILADELPHIA, PA 2016 — Penn Museum opens the world premiere exhibition The Golden Age of King Midas—featuring ancient treasures on loan from the Republic of Turkey—with a spectacular day-long public celebration Saturday, February 13, 10 am to 4:00 pm, free with general Museum admission: $15 adults; $13 senior citizens 65 and over; $10 children 6 to 17 and full time students with ID; free for Museum members, active military, children 5 and younger, and PennCard holders. (Admission to the special exhibition is an additional $5, free to Museum members, children 5 and younger, and PennCard holders).
20th Annual Peace around the World: Free Family Holiday Celebration Rings in the Season at Penn Museum Saturday, December 5, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm “Peace begins with a smile.” — Mother Teresa PHILADELPHIA 2015—Smile and get into the holiday spirit of peace at the Penn Museum! Create a new tradition of gathering family and friends in the international galleries during the free 20th Annual Peace around the World holiday celebration Saturday, December 5, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Guests receive Museum “passports” with “itineraries” to visit various nations, their cultures, and festive holiday traditions such as Diwali and Kwanzaa with the help of international presenters stationed throughout the galleries. The all-ages afternoon also features storytelling, choral music, folk dance performances, henna hand art, balloon art, face painting, sari-wrapping, and more. Visitors are invited to join in a peace flag community craft to be hung in the museum to illustrate a spirit of unity. Special “Celebrations around the World” gallery tours and free cupcakes for children round out this special day!
Saturday October 31, 11 am to 4 pm PHILADELPHIA, PA 2015— This Halloween, Penn Museum, in conjunction with the Mexican Cultural Center and the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia, invites guests of all ages to a celebration enjoyed in Mexico, and increasingly in places throughout the world: Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. With more than a few ghoulish skeletons and macabre decorations, this annual event brings family and friends together to pray for and remember loved ones who have died. Far from a morose affair, Day of the Dead is a celebration, rich in traditions and connections—it is at heart a celebration of life.
For the most updated information on programs offered at the Penn Museum, and for online pre-registration (optional or required for some programs) visit the Museum’s Events Calendar.
So You Wanna Be an Archaeologist? Penn Museum Marks International Archaeology Day with Behind-the-Scenes Lab Tours, Talks on Current Research, and Mummification Workshops Saturday, October 17, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm PHILADELPHIA, PA 2015 -A special day of archaeological site simulations, behind-the-scenes tours, a 3-D printing demonstration, plus Q&A sessions with researchers and conservators, awaits at the Penn Museum on Saturday, October 17, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, in celebration of International Archaeology Day. The family-friendly program, So You Wanna Be an Archaeologist? , highlights the training and technology used by archaeologists, presented against a backdrop of mummies, ancient skeletons, clay tablets, and other artifacts from the museum's renowned collection.
Philadelphia, PA—Amazonian warrior women, Genghis Khan, even King Midas and his golden touch—all have their moment in the spotlight with the Penn Museum's popular Great Myths and Legends evening lecture series, featuring leading scholars from the Penn Museum, the University of Pennsylvania, and beyond.
Penn Museum's Second Sunday Culture Film Series Explores Gender Across Cultures PHILADELPHIA, PA 2015—Gender identities and issues in cultures around the world are explored in the Penn Museum's fall through spring documentary film series, Second Sunday Culture Films, co-sponsored by the 2015-2016 Penn Humanities Forum on Sex. The monthly series, October through March, takes audiences to Bulgaria, Hawaii, India, Mexico, and Nicaragua, presenting individual journeys of identity against a backdrop of differing cultural expectations and norms. Each film is introduced by faculty from the University of Pennsylvania and other universities, and followed by open discussion. All programs, free with Museum admission donation, begin at 2:00 pm in the Museum's Rainey Auditorium. The Second Sunday Culture Film Series is also made possible with additional support from the Alice Paul Center for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality, the Trustees' Council of Penn Women, Penn Cinema Studies, and the William Way LGBT Community Center. The series begins October 11:
Woven Words: Native Scholars Illuminate Wampum Histories and Traditions at Penn Symposium on October 1 and 2
PHILADELPHIA, PA, 2015—“Wampum belts,” in the American imagination, are often regarded as objects of history and mystery. Many people think of wampum as “money,” a stereotype that harkens back to the early 1600s, when Dutch and English colonists used wampum beads as a convenient substitute for European currency. During the late 1800s, antiquarian collectors handled wampum belts as though they were artistic relics.
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