Join a Penn Museum educator every second Sunday of the month from October-April to learn new perspectives about ancient and contemporary cultures through hands-on activities. Each Workshop includes a craft, touchable artifacts, and gallery activities. All activities are free with admission donation. Attendees may drop in anytime between 1:00pm - 4:00pm to participate in the Workshop.
Attend a Family Second Sunday Workshop and automatically become a member of Penn Museum’s Art Excavators Club. Club members who attend three Family Second Sunday workshops receive a free surprise! Penn Museum members at the Household level receive one free pass towards the surprise.
The Family Second Sunday Workshop Schedule
Sunday, September 9
Ramesses II and Tutankhamun are among the many pharaohs represented in the Egyptian galleries. Everyone in the family can become an instant pharaoh at this workshop—and create a personalized ancient Egyptian crown to wear. Free with Museum admission.
Sunday, October 14
Clay sarcophagi (coffins) from the Canaan and Israel Gallery come in two distinct styles, and offer inspiration for a pre-Halloween craft activity: molding a mini-sarcophagus to take home.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Catch a Dream
Native American dreamcatchers, objects created to protect owners against nightmares, have been adopted by many contemporary Native American cultures. Families learn about dreamcatchers, and other Native American objects and crafts, before fashioning a dreamcatcher to take home.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Renowned Nigerian Benin bronzes in the African Gallery provide the artistic and cultural inspiration for this workshop, where guests can imagine themselves as Oba or Iyoba, the king or queen mother of the Benin court, and create self-portraits in the manner of a Benin bronze plaque.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Mandarin squares, or rank badges, large and colorful embroidered badges featuring animal insignias, were once sewn onto the coats of officials in Imperial China. In this workshop, guests design their own Mandarin square through collage.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
The remarkable Lod Mosaic from Israel, on special display through May 12, complements the Roman mosaics from the Museum’s permanent collections. Workshop guests draw inspiration from artwork of the ancients to piece together their own mosaic.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
A commander’s bronze crested Helmet, circa 800 BCE, holds pride of place in the Etruscan gallery. Workshop participants can design their own crested helmets inspired by the one on display.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Workshop participants do like the ancient Romans, who molded votive offerings and statuettes to place in altars to achieve wishes or to thank the gods. What would you mold to make your wishes come true?
Sunday, May 12, 2013
What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than with Penn Museum’s mummies? Families can follow the work underway in the Museum’s open conservation laboratory, and design and wrap a mummy!