Penn Museum Building Transformation
Penn Museum


The Penn Museum invites our friends and supporters to become partners in the transformation of its galleries and public spaces, making it a welcoming home for all. Naming and other recognition opportunities are offered in all of the galleries and spaces; for more information, please contact Therese Marmion or Amanda Mitchell-Boyask.

Name a Seat in the Harrison Auditorium

Be among the first to name a seat in the storied Harrison Auditorium on its reopening. For a gift of $2,500, your name (or the name of an honoree of your choice) will be installed on an elegant metal plaque on an Auditorium seat.

A grand transformation: the Penn Museum will renovate the Harrison Auditorium—including completely refurbishing the beautiful 1940s seats—so that this historic space reaches its full potential once more. Imagine what the Harrison Auditorium has witnessed in a century. Imagine what it will inspire in new generations of visitors. Name a seat, and take part in the Harrison Auditorium’s next chapter.

Lead the way: for more information about naming a seat and helping us to transform this beloved space, please contact Kristen Lauerman or call Kristen at 215.573.5251.

Enjoy cocktails and late-night dancing in a vast tent draped in gold and greenery, dine under one of the largest domed ceilings in the world, and tour brand new galleries—showcasing magnificent objects thousands of years old—with the extraordinary team of curators and international designers who created them. For one night only, experience the celebrated architecture, gardens, and fountains of the Penn Museum, dressed up as a lush, gold-tipped oasis reminiscent of the famed hanging gardens of Babylon.

We invite you to join us on Saturday, April 14, 2018, for an evening in the fertile crescent at the Museum’s biennial Golden Gala, celebrating the opening of world-class new Middle East Galleries.

For information about or sign up for the Gala Benefit Committee, tables or tickets, please visit our Golden Gala website.

Gala Information


Isabella de la Houssaye and David Crane
Lily and Peter Ferry, C79

Dinner Chairs

Lori Wachs, W90 and Ali Velshi

For questions about the Golden Gala please contact Kristen Lauerman or call Kristen at 215.573.5251.