May/June 2010 Calendar of Events at the Penn Museum

For the most updated information on programs offered at the Penn Museum, and for on-line pre-registration (optional or required for some programs) visit the Museum's calendar.

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Saturday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Family Event
Adopt an Artifact Day!
Join the Penn Museum in a celebration of its world-renowned collections and unique artifacts at Adopt an Artifact Day. Explore the Museum at this family celebration day with artifact related crafts, scavenger hunts, and games. "Adopt" any artifact for $50 or more and receive one free admission to Adopt an Artifact Day. Event free with Museum admission donation. Information: 215/898-5093.

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Tuesday, 6:00 pm
Public Health and Law Enforcement: Reframing the Debate in Philadelphia
This round table discussion with audience participation is part of a series of programs centered on the photography exhibition Righteous Dopefiend: Homelessness, Addiction, and Poverty in Urban America. The panel, moderated by Penn School of Social Policy and Public Practice professor Jeffrey Drain, will re-examine the stalemate of the war on drugs, asking the question: can the traditional contradictions between laws and law enforcement, and public health needs and services, be mediated productively? Panelists include Penn professors Philippe Bourgois and Dennis Culhane; Lt. Francis Healy, Special Adviser to the Philadelphia Police Commissioner; and a representative from the Philadelphia Prison System. Exhibition open 4:30 to 9:00 pm. Admission: Pay-what-you-want.

May 5
Wednesday, 12:00 pm
Penn Museum Scholars Series
Lost in the Tigris:  Sargon II (721-705 BCE) and the Royal Inscriptions of the Neo-Assyrian Period Project
Grant Frame, Associate Curator, Babylonian Section, speaks. Admission: Pay-what-you-want.

May 5
Wednesday, 6:00 pm
Great Discoveries Lecture Series
The Easter Island Statue Project
Statues with human heads-on-torsos carved from hardened volcanic ash cover the coast.
The islanders call them "moai," and they have puzzled people for years. Jo Ann vanTilburg, Director of the Easter Island Statue Project, is this Great Discoveries lecture speaker. Admission: $5 in advance, $10 at the door, free for Museum Members and PennCard holders. Information: (215) 898-4890.

May 6
Thursday, 6:30 pm
Young Friends Evening Event
Wined Through History III: Museum Scavenger Hunt
Explore the extraordinary treasures of the Penn Museum's acclaimed collections at this popular program hosted by the Young Friends! Enjoy food, wine, and some playful competition as a scavenger hunt through the Museum's galleries takes you on a journey around the world. Exciting prizes await the winners. $30 Members in advance, $40 Non-members in advance; $100 for a four-person team in advance; $50 at the door. Young Friends is a group of active Museum members ages 21-45. To join the Young Friends or find out more: (215) 898-5093.

May 8
Saturday, 6:30 pm
Evening Lecture
New Work at Malqata, the Palace-City of Amenhotep III
Dr. Diana Craig Patch, Department of Egyptian Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, speaks at this program, sponsored by the American Research Center in Egypt, Pennsylvania Chapter (ARCE-PA). Admission: $5; $3 for Penn Museum members; free for ARCE-PA members.

May 19
Wednesday, 12:00 pm
Penn Museum Scholars Series
Recent Fieldwork at Troy, Gordion, and the Granicus River Valley
C. Brian Rose, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Mediterranean Section, speaks at this lunchtime lecture. Admission: Pay-what-you-want.

June 2
Wednesday, 6:00 pm
Great Discoveries Lecture Series
The Sutton Hoo Ship Burial and the Origins of the English Speaking Peoples
Dr. Richard Hodges, The Williams Director, Penn Museum, considers the extraordinary objects found in a remarkable, well preserved ship burial, 6th to 7th century AD, at Sutton Hoo, near Sulfolk, England. This remarkable burial, he notes, reveals a larger story: how these early English speaking peoples began to have a new identity as well as new ambitions. Admission: $5 in advance, $10 at the door, free for Museum Members and PennCard holders. Information: (215) 898-4890.

40winksheader_copy_2June 11
Friday, 6:30 pm to Saturday, 9:00 am
40 Winks with the Sphinx
Penn Museum's sleepover program, geared to ages 6 to 12 and their families or chaperones, invites guests to an overnight "expedition" of the Museum. The night's activities take intrepid explorers on a journey through time and across continents, with hands-on opportunities through games, crafts, and more! A scavenger hunt and a flashlight expedition through the galleries offer new ways to connect with the ancient artifacts awaiting discovery. Later in the night, explorers roll out their sleeping bags-to doze at the foot of the third largest granite Sphinx in the world! Advance reservations: $50 per person, $45 Museum members. Information: (215) 898-4890.


3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 898-4000


Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
First Wednesdays: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Monday: CLOSED


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