Press Releases: Events
June 28 through August 16 at the Penn Museum PHILADELPHIA, PA 2017—Summer is coming, and the Penn Museum is ready with Wednesday morning programming for children and their families, June 28 through August 16. From world music to puppetry, theater, and storytelling—even an ancient Egyptian mummification program — "World Wonders" offers a globally-focused lineup of interactive performances in the Museum’s Rainey Auditorium. For families with younger children, "Storytime Expeditions", which feature a story book reading and touchable artifacts to explore, take place in the Museum’s galleries. The programs are thematically linked, and families can choose to attend one or both programs.
Wednesday Evenings Pair Local & International Music with Access to World-Renowned Collection of Art & Artifacts PHILADELPHIA, PA—This summer, discover an outdoor concert experience that in-the-know Philadelphians have been enjoying for years. The Penn Museum’s eighth annual Summer Nights Concert Series brings an eclectic lineup of performances—including Creole Zydeco, Calypso, ‘20s Jazz, Middle Eastern folk, and more—to the relaxing garden setting of the Museum’s Stoner Courtyard. Admission is just $10 (free for PennCard holders, Penn Medicine and CHOP employees with ID; Penn Museum Members, and children under 6 years old). Concerts are presented every Wednesday evening, June 21 through September 6, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.
Penn Museum Celebrates Rome’s Birthday Saturday April 22, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm Gladiator Bouts and Legionnaire Demonstrations, Pop-Up History Presentations, and Italian Gelato Combine for a Sweet Celebration PHILADELPHIA, PA, Spring 2017—Felix natalis dies! Roughly translated, that is "happy birthday" in Latin—a great phrase to use at the royal celebration of Rome's Birthday Saturday, April 22, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia. Guests will be treated to thrilling gladiator fights and interactive tactical demonstrations of Roman militia, tours in the Worlds Intertwined: Etruscans, Greeks and Romans suite of galleries, Roman paper mosaic-making craft tables, talks and minute "pop-up" presentations on ancient Roman history and life in the galleries—and a chance to discover authentic Italian gelato, the perfect birthday treat!
Star Trek Night at the Penn Museum Wednesday, April 19, 6:00 pm Invites Guests to an Intergalactic, Time Traveling Adventure PHILADELPHIA, PA 2017—Are you fit for Command? Perhaps Science or Operations is more your department. Whatever your skill set and interests are, the Penn Museum invites you to choose your adventure and take the ultimate challenge, exploring the international galleries as never before while earning your Starfleet rank. After the adventure, listen to the hit band The Roddenberries while you drink space cocktails!
Saturday, February 25, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm PHILADELPHIA, PA 2017—Traditional African music and contemporary African dance, storytelling, a drumming workshop, arts, crafts, an African marketplace, games, family gallery tours, films, and more—it all comes alive at the Penn Museum’s 28th annual Celebration of African Cultures on Saturday, February 25, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The celebration, presented in the Museum’s African galleries and around the Museum, is free with Museum admission ($15, general admission; $13, seniors [65+]; $10, children [6-17] and full-time students [with ID]; $2 ACCESS and Museums for All cardholders; free to children under 5, members, active U.S. Military, STAMP and PennCard holders).
Renowned New Music Ensemble Offers Both at Concert and Silent Film Program At the Penn Museum Sunday, February 5, 3:00 pm Philadelphia, 2017—For its mid-winter performance, Relâche New Music Ensemble at the Penn Museum promises a music and silent film program designed to delight and inspire—featuring fresh performances of recent commissions and a world premiere of new music composed to accompany a zany 1921 film. "Relâche, the Sublime and Ridiculous", the newest offering from the internationally acclaimed ensemble-in-residence, takes place at 3:00 pm on Sunday, February 5, 2017 in the Museum’s Widener Hall.
at the 36th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration Saturday, January 21, 2017 ROOSTER 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017 People born in the year of the Rooster are very observant, hardworking, resourceful, courageous, talented, and self-confident. Roosters are always active, amusing and popular among the crowd. They are talkative, outspoken, frank, open, honest, and loyal individuals. They like to be the center of attention and always appear attractive. from The Chinese Zodiac PHILADELPHIA, PA 2017–Make some joyous noise when you call in the Year of the Rooster at the Penn Museum’s 36th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration on Saturday, January 21, 2017, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The festive day features traditional Chinese music, contemporary Asian film and Asian American art, zodiac gallery tours, tangram workshops, tai chi, falun gong and kung fu martial arts demonstrations, calligraphy, family crafts and much more—with the grand finale drums and the roar of the lion dance and parade. Activities are held in the Museum’s Rotunda, which houses one of the finest collections of monumental Chinese art in the country, and throughout the international galleries of the Museum.
At the Penn Museum Friday, January 13 PHILADELPHIA—The Daedalus Quartet, the University of Pennsylvania’s internationally renowned string-quartet-in-residence, and the Penn Museum join forces to present a new interpretation of George Crumb’s classic "Black Angels". The site-specific, multi-media concert also features remarkable contemporary music created to be performed amidst the ancient artifacts of the Penn Museum’s echo-rich Chinese Rotunda. The program is co-presented by the University of Pennsylvania Department of Music and Bowerbird.
Free Family Holiday Event Rings in the Season at the Penn Museum Saturday, December 3, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm PHILADELPHIA 2016—Philadelphia is now a World Heritage City, and the Penn Museum offers a free, spirited holiday program with an international focus: Celebrations around the World Saturday, December 3, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Guests receive Museum “passports” to “visit” China, Japan, Kenya, Iraq, and the Republic of Georgia and discover a world of holiday traditions at this annual, all-ages afternoon. Traditional Vietnamese songs as well as world music geared to children, Tai chi and Karate demonstrations, African and African-American storytelling, and “Celebrations around the World” family gallery tours are all part of the event, along with balloon art, face painting, holiday craft make-and-takes, and even holiday cupcakes, while they last!
World-Renowned Egyptologist David Silverman, Museum Curator and Penn Professor, Leads Complementary Courses Philadelphia, PA, Fall 2016—Can’t get enough of Ancient Egypt? You’re not alone. Beginning October 31, anyone in the world with access to a laptop, tablet, or smart phone can take this course: Introduction to Ancient Egypt and Its Civilization with Dr. David Silverman, the Eckley Brinton Coxe, Jr. Professor of Egyptology, University of Pennsylvania, Curator-in-Charge of the Egyptian Section at the Penn Museum, and one of the world’s foremost Egyptologists—via the online open learning platform, Coursera. The course, produced by the University of Pennsylvania, is available in English and subtitled in English. The cost of participating: free ($49 for those who choose to earn a certificate of completion).
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