University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Great Lectures Series at the Penn Museum

Stuff. It fills our homes, offices, minds, and bodies. It can be defined as a collection of belongings, ideas, expertise, and much, much more. With roughly one million objects in our care, the Penn Museum is filled with great stuff. The 2018–2019 Great Lecture Series explores select objects and ideas housed within our Museum. Join us on the first Wednesday evening of each month at 6:00 pm, October through June, and see if we know our stuff!


$10 General Admission
$5 Penn Museum Members Advance Ticket*
$10 At-the-door based on availability

*To get the member discount online, you must log in as a member on the ticketing site. Member discount applies only to the number of persons on your membership core benefits.

Due to Harrison Auditorium renovations, this year’s Great Lectures series is presented in the smaller Rainey Auditorium.

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For visitors who are blind or visually impaired, live audio description of the lecture slides is available. To reserve a headset, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Upcoming Lecture Dates:

Date Event Time
October 3 Great Stuff: Director’s Highlights of the Penn Museum Collection 6:00pm
November 7 Protecting Stuff Today: Cultural Heritage Sites and the Penn Museum 6:00pm
December 5 The Stuff You Do Not See: Conservation for a Renovated Museum 6:00pm
January 2 A Home for our Stuff: Building the Penn Museum 6:00pm
February 6 The Stuff of Life: Animal Remains 6:00pm
March 6 The Stuff of Legends 6:00pm
April 3 The Stuff of Archaeology: An Introduction 6:00pm
May 1 The Stuff That Dreams are Made of: Cosmology and the Maya Universe 6:00pm
June 5 Whose Stuff is it, Anyway? Decolonization and the Role of Museums in Contemporary Society 6:00pm


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