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Opening Weekend Celebration

Sunday, November 17, 2019 |
10:00AM - 5:00PM

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Join in a vibrant, weekend-long celebration of our new Penn Museum on November 16–17! Be among the first to explore 10,000 square feet of reimagined galleries and spaces, featuring the new Mexico and Central America Gallery and Africa Galleries, the renovated Harrison Auditorium performance hall, and the Sphinx in his new home next to our completely re-envisioned Main Entrance! The entire Museum will be filled with lively activities throughout Saturday and Sunday. From incredible African and Central American dance performances to glyph writing activities, from storytelling to discussions with curators and artists, visitors are invited to engage with all that the reimagined Penn Museum has to offer.

Included with Museum admission. Free for Museum members, PennCard holders, U.S. active duty/reservist military personnel, and veterans.

Program Schedule

Time Program Location
11:00 AM - 12:45 PM World Premiere Film Screening: Decolonization and the Role of Museums in Contemporary Society
With Africa Galleries Curator Tukufi Zuberi, moderated by Margo Natalie Crawford, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
Harrison Auditorium
11:30 AM Storytime with Keepers of the Culture Egypt (Mummies) Gallery
12:45 PM Learn to Write Maya Glyphs Classroom M2
1:00 PM The Daily Dig: The Ball Game
Abraham Sandoval Iniguez, Global Guide
Mexico and Central America Galleries
1:15 PM Learn to Write Hieroglyphs Classroom M2
1:30 PM Troupe Da Da Interactive Performance Harrison Auditorium
2:00 PM Curator Talk: Maya Kings and Queens by Simon Martin Widener Lecture Room
2:15 PM Storytime with Keepers of the Culture Egypt (Mummies) Gallery
2:30 PM Middle East Galleries Global Guide Tour Middle East Galleries
2:45 PM Learn to Write Hieroglyphs Classroom M2
3:30 PM Ollin Papalotl Aztec Dance Performance Harrison Auditorium

Ongoing Activities, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Activity Location
Consult An Expert: Scholars and Global Guides Mexico and Central America Gallery, Africa Gallery
Maya Glyph Stamping with Cesar Viveros China Gallery
African Pattern Stamping China Gallery
Marketplace of Latin American and African Goods China Gallery
Maya Back-strap Weaving Demonstrations China Gallery
Maya Sawdust Carpet China Gallery
Insta-Hunt with Prizes (Inside Program Handout) Welcome Desks
Festive Themed Lunch Museum Café
Themed Gifts and Souvenirs Museum Shop


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