Donor Events

There is always so much happening at the Penn Museum, we hope you will check out the events calendar often. There are also many events that are exclusive benefits of your membership!

Membership Events

Membership Events

We hope that you will join us for the following upcoming members-only events:

Wednesday, December 3 through Sunday, December 7
Penn Museum Shop Annual Holiday Sale
Find the perfect gift! Members enjoy a 20% discount on all Shop merchandise (during the rest of the year, the member discount is 10%). On Wednesday, December 3, the Shop will extend its regular hours and stay open until 8 pm during the Great Wonders lecture.

Thursday, February 5, 6:00 pm
Loren Eiseley Society Dinner and VIP Preview of
Beneath the Surface: Life, Death, and Gold in Ancient Panama

Loren Eiseley Society members
Celebrate the opening of this new exhibition offering contemporary perspectives from a wide range of scholars and scientists on the Penn Museum's spectacular finds at the Pre-Columbian cemetery of Sitio Conte in central Panama.

Friday, February 6, 4:00 to 7:00 pm
Members' Preview of Beneath the Surface: Life, Death, and Gold in Ancient Panama
Members are invited to an exclusive open-house preview of the new exhibition prior to its public opening on the following day.

Tuesday, April 14, 6:00 pm
Private Viewing of Year of Color Exhibitions
Expedition Circle and Loren Eiseley Society members
Enjoy a private tour of two exhibitions and a following reception: Year of Color: Stone and Marble from Antiquity to the Present with Brian Rose, Curator-in-Charge of the Mediterranean Section, and Year of Color: Art in the Archives with Alessandro Pezzati, Chief Archivist.

Wednesday, April 29, 5:00 pm
New Member Welcome Event: Tour the Highlights of the Collection
Prior to the Members' Insider Event at 6:00 pm, new members are invited to become acquainted with the Museum's impressive holdings during a tour of the highlights of the collection.

Wednesday, April 29, 6:00 pm
Members' Insider Event: Curator's Lecture on Beneath the Surface: Life, Death, and Gold in Ancient Panama
Clark Erickson, Curator-in-Charge of the American Section and curator of this special exhibition, will discuss the excavation and spectacular finds of the Pre-Columbian cemetery of Sitio Conte, as well as explore the exhibition's themes.

Young Friends Events

Young Friends Events

We hope that you will join us for the following upcoming Young Friends event:

Wednesday, October 15, 6:00 to 9:30 pm
Paranormal Museum

You're invited to find out what happens when the lights go out at the Penn Museum with “paranormal” flashlight tours, eerie ghost stories, and close encounters with a mummy, making this an evening you won't soon forget. Admission: $20; $15, Penn Museum members (includes one free drink for guests 21 and older). Buy Tickets Here.

Women's Committee Events

Women's Committee Events

Since 1937 the Women's Committee has been dedicated to assisting the Penn Museum in countless ways, including raising awareness and funds through events ranging from auctions to galas.

2014 Treasures Sale & Show

Dazzling jewelry and accessories, presented by more than two dozen distinguished designers and dealers, are on view and on sale at the Sixth Treasures Sale & Show. Behold a sparkling selection of jeweled and precious metal designs—including classic and contemporary designs, vintage pieces, estate jewelry, fine jewelry by emerging young artists, and accessories. Set in the Kintner-Dietrich gallery wing of the Penn Museum, Treasures is presented by The Women’s Committee of the Penn Museum. Proceeds go to support the educational mission of the Penn Museum.

For complete program details and updates, visit the Women’s Committee website at or call 215.898.9202.


Thursday, October 30
6:00 – 9:00 pm

For Benefactors and Patrons
Cocktails, Hors d’Oeuvres and Light Buffet
Reservations required (see order form)
Complimentary Valet Parking


October 30 – November 2, 2014

Friday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Includes Penn Museum admission and Treasures catalogue

$15 - Adults
$15 - Penn Alumni
$13 - Senior Citizens/Alumni Senior Citizens (65 and above)
$10 - Non-Penn College Students with ID and children 6 to 17
Free Admission for Penn students, staff, faculty, and Penn Museum members (with UPenn ID or Penn Museum membership card), active U.S. military, and children 5 and under


Friday, October 31, 9:30 am
What is Fashion?

Breakfast with guest Michael Larsen, GIA GG, Freeman’s Director of Fine Jewelry and Watches and West Coast Representative for Freeman’s Los Angeles. Mr. Larsen asks, “What is fashion?” and discusses jewelry styles and trends from the turn of the 18th century to present. Door prizes. Admission: $65, includes complimentary valet parking. Advance registration required. See order form or call 215.898.9202.


Friday, October 31, 2:00 pm
Sotheby’s Presents: Calder Jewelry – The Artist – The Movement – The Collection


Leslie Prouty, Senior Specialist and Senior Vice President, Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s will talk about Alexander Calder, the inventive artist and designer of avant garde jewelry. Calder brought the same genius for design and motion found in his mobiles to his jewelry, which are unique objets d’artMany pieces to be highlighted were part of the Makler Family Collection, recently auctioned by Sotheby’s. Hope Makler, a valuable member of the Women’s Committee until her death in 2013, was an avid collector of Calder jewelry. Dr. Paul Makler will provide anecdotes of his late wife’s passion for introducing this avant garde art to Philadelphia. Free with admission.


Saturday, November 1, 10:00 am & 1:30 pm
Docent Tour

“Bling” with a Native American Bent and Jewelry, Beauty and Adornment in Ancient Ur will focus on jewelry and adornment displayed in the Museum’s Native American Voices and Iraq’s Ancient Past Exhibits. Free with admission.

Saturday, November 1, 12:00 pm
Treasures of Ancient Panama: Reconstructing Sitio Conte

Join Dr. Clark Erickson, Associate Curator, Penn Museum American Section, and Co-Curator of the upcoming exhibition, Beneath the Surface:  Life, Death, and Gold in Ancient Panama. Dr. Erickson will speak about the Pre-Columbian ornaments of gold, bone, teeth and resin, and the brightly painted, modeled pottery excavated in Sitio Conte, Panama. These items provide insight into the lives, beliefs, and achievements of the people of Sitio Conte. Free with admission.

Sunday, November 2, 1:30 pm
Overview of Current Trends in Fashion and Jewelry

Please go to for further details.

Free with admission.


Saturday and Sunday, November 1 and 2

Group Guided Tours

By advance reservation only


Would Your Group or Organization Like a Guided Tour?

TREASURES is a show that could only happen at the Penn Museum! Learn why in these guided tours that focus on adornment and jewelry found in the Museum’s Native American Voices and Iraq’s Ancient Past exhibits. Available for groups of 10 or more. Group Admission with tour: $15 per person. Advance registration required. To schedule, please send your request via email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



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