Unique opportunities to engage with Penn Museum experts Come enjoy your morning coffee in the company of a Penn Museum expert during Coffee with a Keeper. Second Fridays every month, a collections keeper, conservator, educator, exhibition designer, or other Museum staff member takes a long coffee break to discuss their work, offering you an insider’s perspective on the Museum from those who know it best! The series kicks off with Dr. Janet Monge, Associate Curator-in-Charge and Keeper, Physical Anthropology Section (pictured). This program is hosted in the Museum Café (enter at the Group Entrance, east side of the building). Admission: $5; free for members (bring your own mug for $1 coffee)
Morning exercise at a manageable pace Walking is one of the simplest ways to get and stay active. starting this month, we invite you to walk the world on the Museum Mile with a Museum staff member! We've mapped out a one-mile indoor walking workout, available for early birds before the Museum officially opens—no matter what the weather outside. Walkers get in 2,000 steps as they journey past massive stone pharaohs of Egypt, Buddhist sculptures of China, Etruscan battle armor, and more. This monthly program kicks off Thursday, September 13, 8:30 - 9:30 am; enter through the Group Entrance, east side of the Museum. Free admission.
Hands-on programs to tap into your creative side If you're a crafter looking for inspiration for engaging projects—perhaps a cross-stitch of a cuneiform tablet, or a headdress inspired by the regal adornments of Queen Puabi—you'll find them on Wednesday afternoons, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, as the Museum opens its doors to crafting groups and individual creators alike. Changing weekly topics include cross-stitching, knitting, scrapbooking, and jewelry-making. Free admission.
Weekly explorations for the linguistically curious. Let the international galleries of the Museum be your inspiration as you practice second language skills. Conversational Corners are unfacilitated events offered Tuesdays from 9:00 to 11:00 am; the Penn Museum provides a topic for discussion and the atmosphere, and YOU bring the dedication and patience! This free program is hosted in the Museum Café; optional admission to the galleries is additional. Enter through the Group Entrance on the east side of building. Free admission.
One artifact. 15 minutes. Endless insights. The Penn Museum is home to remarkable objects and their powerful stories. Every day at 1:00 pm, dig into a 15-minute exploration of an extraordinary artifact. Gain deeper insights into its history, cultural context, caretaking, and more while you hear the unique perspectives of archaeologists, anthropologists, scientists, conservators, archivists, and other Museum specialists. After the talk, you are welcome to explore your questions with the presenter. Free with Museum admission.
Ancient Spices and Modern Kitchens with clinical herbalist Kelly McCarthy The spices housed in your kitchen cabinet have ancient roots and are infused with centuries of varied uses—from culinary to medicinal. In this six-week course, clinical herbalist Kelly McCarthy teaches students about contemporary and historic uses of herbs with Middle Eastern roots including turmeric, cumin, cardamom, cinnamon, and clove. The class takes an in-depth look at which medicinal components are at play, and creates concoctions to take home for use in the kitchen or medicine cabinet. This course is designed for anyone with an interest in cooking, gardening, or herbalism and will engage beginners as well as seasoned plant lovers. Six week class cost: $250; Members, $225. Advance online registration required. Register
Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place. Zora Neale Hurston (Black woman queer anthropologist and writer) Are you into helping your fellow citizen? Do you like to socialize and dance? You’ll enjoy Penn Museum’s Crawl Out Thursdays. Rent parties developed during the Harlem Renaissance as a means for Black tenants in the area, often targets of discriminatory rent pricing as well as low wages, to make ends meet. In the collaborative tradition of 20th century rent parties, this co-sponsored happy hour is a chance to sip, dance and turn up for the benefit and love of your favorite Philadephia-based community organizations. Come out, listen to some great music, meet friends old and new, and get down in support of good work! December 6th (5-9pm). $15 Admission
Focus: Migration Following the successful fall 2017 Public Classroom on Science and Race: History, Use and Abuse, the Penn Museum offers a new, free evening series of classes, this time with a focus on migration—the movement of people from one place to another. People choose to migrate for economic, social, political, and environmental reasons. Migration impacts both the place left behind and the place where migrants settle. Come out for the Public Classroom, where you can engage with leading experts in panel discussions and Q&A time, supplemented with suggested readings, as we explore contemporary migration patterns in the Middle East, Africa, and Central America to learn more about migration patterns as well as the human circumstances that propel movement. Details to come in late August; check back soon! Go to the Public Classroom Each class includes discussions on race through the lens of anthropology, biology, genetics, sociology, philosophy, and law as well as collection workshops presenting the Samuel Morton human cranial collection, reading materials, and other resources. Sign up for one, several, or all classes. The first Public Classroom series from the fall of 2016 is available online; additional series will be scheduled.
Join in the art of great conversation, fueled by food and wine, set in one of the Museum’s majestic galleries. The Curator’s Table provides a private table for up to 12 dinner guests with a Penn Museum Curator of your choice. After a focused tour and cocktail hour, take your seat at the curator’s table for an evening of excitement, intrigue, and inspiration. “Big World, Small Table” Great gift idea. Book the entire table, or book one seat at a time! Can’t make the above dates? Book your own Curator’s Table event. Book your table now for $2500! Price includes cocktails, starters, main dish, dessert, tour, and curator. Event subject to availability of date and curator. To view a list of our curators, click HERE. Past Events April 14, 2016, 6:30 pm Enjoy an evening with Dr. C. Brian Rose, the Penn Museum's Mediterranean Section Curator and Curator of the upcoming exclusive exhibition, The Golden Age of King Midas, at a private table for up to 12 dinner guests. After an exclusive curator-led gallery tour and cocktail hour, take your seat at the curator's table and continue an evening of excitement, insight, and intrigue. Space is limited and reservations are required. October 8, 2015, 6:30 pm Enjoy an evening with Dr. David P. Silverman, the Penn Museum's internationally renowned Egyptian Section Curator, at a private table for up to 12 dinner guests. After an exclusive curator-led gallery tour and cocktail hour, take your seat at the curator's table and continue an evening of excitement, insight, and intrigue. Space is limited and reservations are required.