A Month of Egyptomania, and a Saturday Afternoon Celebration

The Penn Museum hosts a variety of Sphinx and Egypt-related programming, a special display, and tours throughout the month — with a special celebration on Saturday, October 19. Join us!

Highlight Celebration:

Saturday, October 19, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hijinks with the Sphinx

Guests are invited to join Penn Museum Egyptologists and staff to celebrate the Sphinx! There will be stories of the Sphinx, and an exclusive display of Egyptian kitsch, items from pop culture based on ancient Egyptian themes -- all from the personal collections of the Curators of the Egyptian Section of the Museum. Guests can match wits in a True/False game about ancient Egypt, race through an Indiana Jones-style obstacle course, and enjoy an ancient hairstyles demonstration. Penn Museum members get an exclusive behind-the-scenes Sphinx history tour in the Museum Archives, while everyone can join the Sphinx for a celebratory slice of cake. The Egyptomania afternoon, free with Museum admission, is sponsored in part by the Archaeological Association of America. Special pre-Halloween offer: dress like an ancient Egyptian and get in for half price!

The Millionaire and the Mummies: Theodore Davis's Gilded Age in the Valley of the Kings - Afternoon Lecture

Also on Saturday, October 19, 3:30 pm

Guests to the Hijinks celebration can delve a little deeper into Egyptian archaeology at this program. John M. Adams, American Research Center in Egypt, speaks about Theodore Davis, one of the most famous names in archaeology at the start of the 20th century. Davis was a poor country preacher's son who won great wealth in Gilded Age New York through corruption and fraud, only to atone for his ruthless career by inventing new standards for systematic excavation, and by discovering a record 18 tombs in Egypt's Valley of the Kings. Sponsored by the American Research Center in Egypt - Pennsylvania Chapter. Admission: $8. For more information, visit http://www.arce-pa.org.


P.M. @ Penn Museum - 1st Wednesday Quizzo: Egyptomania

October 2, Wednesday, 6:00 pm

Look for Quizzo's DJ Quizzy Jeff to throw in a smattering of Sphinx and ancient Egypt-related trivia at this October program. Quizzo is held at 6:00 pm on the first Wednesday of every month, as the Penn Museum's galleries stay open until 8:00 pm, with a half-hour gallery tour at 5:00 pm. The Pepper Mill Cafe offers happy hour specials and light supper until 7:30 pm. The Museum Shop remains open until 7:30 pm. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

October 11 Friday, 6:00 pm - 12:00 am

Jump 'N Funk with Rich Medina

Join the Penn Museum for a night of mingling, art, dance, and music at this late-night event in the Egyptian galleries! Rich Medina and The Marksmen headline the evening, presenting an energetic set of hip-hop, house, Afrobeat, funk, and soul music — watch out, even the Sphinx may get up and dance! Admission: $10. Cash Bar. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

The Curse of Tutankhamun - Young Friends Halloween Event

October 17, Thursday, 6:00 pm

Halloween is just around the corner, and the Young Friends — young professionals and graduate students, ages 21 to 45 — invite guests to join them in welcoming Dr. David Silverman, Curator-in-Charge, Egyptian Section, for a look at the "Curse of Tutankhamun." Guests can hear tales of death and mystery surrounding the exploration of Tut's tomb, learn the real story of the curse, and enjoy drinks from a cash bar. Admission: $10. For more information, call 215.898.5093.

40 Winks with the Sphinx

October 18, Friday, 5:30 pm - Saturday, 9:00 am

Penn Museum's popular sleepover program, geared to ages 6 to 12 and their families or chaperones, has welcomed thousands of guests on an overnight "expedition" of the Museum since the program first began two years ago. The night's activities take intrepid explorers on a journey through time and across continents, with hands-on games, crafts, and more! A scavenger hunt and a flashlight expedition through the galleries offer new ways to connect with the ancient artifacts awaiting discovery. Later in the night, explorers roll out their sleeping bags to doze at the foot of the Sphinx! Expect some Sphinx-related special hijinks at this October event. Sleepovers sell out quickly! To register, visit www.penn.museum/40winks.

Gallery Romp: Egypt - Young Family Workshop

October 26, Saturday , 10:30 - 11:15 am

Young children (ages 3 to 6) and their favorite grownups are invited to explore the Penn Museum's galleries through stories, crafts, and play. Kids can take an adventure with Bill and Pete down the Nile at the foot of the Museum's Sphinx, and make a special craft inspired by ancient Egypt to take home. Each workshop is limited to 25 people and advance registration is encouraged. To register, email jreif@upenn.edu.