Press Releases: Events
The Penn Museum Joins in the Association of Art Museum Directors'Sixth Annual Celebration of Art Museum Day on May 19, 2015With Free Admission and Special Programming Philadelphia, PA, MAY 2015—On Tuesday, May 19, the Penn Museum offers a day of free admission and special programming for adults and families, as part of the Association of Art Museum Directors' (AAMD) Art Museum Day, coinciding with International Museum Day on Monday, May 18, 2015. Last year, the Penn Museum—along with 180 other AAMD member museums across North America—participated in Art Museum Day.
Relâche Concludes "Music for the Mystery of Silents" Concert and Silent Film Series With a French Focus Sunday, May 3, at 3:00 pm PHILADELPHIA, PA April 2015—"Music for the Mystery of Silents," the Relache New Music Ensemble Sunday afternoon series at the Penn Museum, takes a decidedly French twist on Sunday, May 3 at 3:00 pm, with the final program of the fall to spring three concert series: "Les Mystères Français." The program, presented in the Penn Museum's Widener Hall, features the classic 1912 French silent film The Mystery of the Rocks of Kador, directed by Léonce Perret with musical score by Régis Huby, as well as two musical improvisations from last summer's "Sounding Cézanne" project for the Barnes Foundation. Bookending the program are two works by veteran Philadelphia composer Paul A. Epstein: A Song to Sing in D, a premiere, and to conclude, a brief, lively work, Fancy Flight.
Egyptomania! Takes Over the Penn MuseumSaturday, March 21, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm PHILADELPHIA, PA—From mummification workshops to hieroglyph classes, tours, games, and presentations by curators and archaeologists, to a traditional drum circle and Egyptian folk dances, the Penn Museum puts the spotlight on one of the world's oldest civilizations with Egyptomania!, a day-long celebration Saturday, March 21, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The family-friendly day, set throughout the Museum's world-renowned ancient Egyptian galleries, showcases 5,000 years of ancient Egyptian culture—a culture that continues to fascinate researchers, travelers, writers, filmmakers, and the general public. The celebration is free with Museum admission donation ($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 PennCard holders).
Philadelphia, PA 2015—The Penn Museum's popular Summer Nights Concert Series brings a combination of eclectic live music and laid-back fun to University City. Now in its sixth year, the series runs Wednesdays from 5:00 to 8:00 pm June 17 through September 2, 2015. Concerts are held in the Museum's outdoor Stoner Courtyard, offering an urban green space replete with gardens, a central marble fountain, a lawn, and a peace bench designed by the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. General admission for guests ages 6 and up is just $10 (and includes Museum admission), and free for children under 6 and Museum members.
Penn Museum Presents World Wonders Family-Friendly Programs Featuring Music, Dance, Storytelling and More Eight Wednesday Mornings July 1 through August 19
PHILADELPHIA, PA 2015—Penn Museum's popular Summer Wonders series exploring diverse cultural traditions through music, dance, folk tales, and demonstrations, returns in July with a fresh new name—World Wonders—and a global lineup of eight programs geared toward children 5 to 13 and their families and caregivers. World Wonders 2015 programs run Wednesday mornings, July 1 through August 19, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. The programs are free with Museum admission—guests may explore the museum before or after the program. On World Wonders Wednesdays, the Pepper Mill Café offers children's lunch options, and the Museum Shop provides a 10% discount on all games and children's books. Select World Wonders dates offer an extended program option for homeschooling families; for details, visit penn.museum/educators-k-12/homeschool-groups.
M. Night and Bhavan Shyamalan, Foundation Grantees and Grassroots Leaders Offer “Action to Make a Better World,” Friday, April 17, 6:00 pm at the Penn Museum
Panel Discussion Explores Work, Vision of the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation PHILADELPHIA, PA (March 30, 2015) – The M. Night Shyamalan Foundation (MNSF), locally based and world-focused, hosts a panel discussion, "Action to Make a Better World," featuring founders M. Night Shyamalan and his wife, Dr. Bhavna Shyamalan, Vice President of the MNSF, with three MNSF grantees, to discuss their work and the progress of the Foundation. The event—MNSF's first public program—is presented in partnership with the Global Philadelphia Association and the Penn Museum—Friday, April 17, 6:00 pm in the Widener Lecture Hall of the Penn Museum, 3260 South Street in Philadelphia. The event is FREE but space is limited and online advance reservations are required.
Lecture and Luncheon Benefit at the Penn Museum May 4, 2015* * *The Realities of Archaeological Fieldwork From a Woman's Perspective Philadelphia, PA April 2015 – With Mother's Day not far off, the Women's Committee of the Penn Museum offers a unique way to celebrate, with a benefit luncheon lecture program that puts the spotlight on women in the field: Digging Dames: Women Archaeologists Come Clean runs Monday, May 4,10:30 am to 3:00 pm at the Penn Museum, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia. Kate Moore, Ph.D., an archaeologist who has conducted fieldwork in South America and Central Asia, offers a lively presentation at the event, which includes a catered lunch in the Museum's ancient Egyptian gallery, special shopping opportunities in the Museum's Chinese Rotunda, a raffle, door prizes, and complimentary valet parking. Tickets are $125 and $150, and all proceeds benefit the Penn Museum.
Special Event Celebrates Bestselling Author's New Book Exploring World War II Resistance Fightersand Ancient Greek Athletic Practices Thursday, April 23, 6:00 pm PHILADELPHIA, PA 2015—Christopher McDougall, the bestselling author of Born to Run, believes that there is an athletic, immensely capable ancient Greek hero inside of us all—and he's coming to the Penn Museum to inspire us to make first contact. On Thursday, April 23, the author, journalist and running advocate with a passion for exploring the limits of human potential offers up a special cabaret-style program to celebrate his newest book, Natural Born Heroes: How a Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance (Alfred A. Knopf publishers, on sale from April 14, 2015). The program, Natural Born Heroes, begins at 6:00 pm in the Museum's Harrison Auditorium. Tickets, which include copies of the new hardcover book, are available online in advance or at the door while supplies last: $35; $30 Penn Museum members. A book signing follows the event.
2,768 Years Old and Counting: Penn Museum Marks Rome’s Birthday With Gladiatorial Bouts, Tours, Talks and More at a Day-Long Celebration Saturday April 18, 11 am to 4 pm
PHILADELPHIA, PA, Spring 2015—Felix natalis! Roughly translated, that is "happy birthday" in Latin—a great phrase to use at the royal celebration of Rome's Birthday Saturday, April 18, 11 am to 4 pm, at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia. Guests will be treated to explosive gladiator fights and interactive legionary tactical demonstrations, mythology gallery tours in the Worlds Intertwined: Etruscans, Greeks and Romans suite of galleries, toga wrapping demonstrations and laurel wreath-making craft tables, short lectures and minute "pop up" presentations on ancient Roman history and life, in the galleries.
Modern Native Voices: The Medium of Hip Hop New Music with a Distinctly Native Beat is Explored, Performed At the Penn Museum Saturday, March 21, Beginning at 3:00 pm
PHILADELPHIA, PA 2015—What happens when Native American voices speak out—through the musical medium of rap and hip hop? On Saturday, March 21, the Penn Museum hosts Frank Waln, Def-i, Tall Paul, and Wake Self, four nationally-known Native American rap and hip hop artists, for an afternoon of in-the-galleries spoken word, a follow up panel discussion, and an evening concert. The afternoon-into-night program, Modern Native Voices: The Medium of Hip Hop, is presented in conjunction with the Museum's five-year exhibition, Native American Voices: The People—Here and Now. The program is sponsored by Natives at Penn, Native American and Indigenous Studies, the Greenfield Intercultural Center, and Du Bois College House, CCCP, all at Penn, as well as Drexel University, Student Center for Inclusion & Culture, with support from Delaware Investments/Macquarie Group Foundation. Admission is free.
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