University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Great Lectures Series at the Penn Museum

Stuff. It fills our homes, offices, minds, and bodies. It can be defined as a collection of belongings, ideas, expertise, and much, much more. With roughly one million objects in our care, the Penn Museum is filled with great stuff. The 2018–2019 Great Lecture Series explores select objects and ideas housed within our Museum. Join us on the first Wednesday evening of each month at 6:00 pm, October through June, and see if we know our stuff!


$10 General Admission
$5 Penn Museum Members Advance Ticket*
$10 At-the-door based on availability

*To get the member discount online, you must log in as a member on the ticketing site. Member discount applies only to the number of persons on your membership core benefits.

Due to Harrison Auditorium renovations, this year’s Great Lectures series is presented in the smaller Rainey Auditorium.

Have Membership questions? Please contact the Membership Office at 215.898.5093 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For visitors who are blind or visually impaired, live audio description of the lecture slides is available. To reserve a headset, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Upcoming Lecture Dates

The Stuff of Legend: Early 19th century Excavations at Nippur06:00PM - 07:00PM
The Stuff of Archaeology: An Introduction 06:00PM - 07:00PM
The Stuff Beyond: The Great Maya Cosmos 06:00PM - 07:00PM
Whose Stuff is it, Anyway? Decolonization and the Role of Museums in Contemporary Society 06:00PM - 07:00PM


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