From Gallery Romps (for ages 3 to 6 and their parents or chaperones) to Second Sunday Family Workshops (drop-ins welcome, suitable for ages 5 and older), from 40 Winks with the Sphinx Sleepovers (ages 6 to 12 and their chaperones) to World Culture Days and Afternoons (fun for all ages), Penn Museum offers families age-appropriate programs to inspire, educate, and enjoy. Details below:
Romp and Rome
February 23 and March 23
Saturdays, 10:30 - 11:15 am
Family Second Sunday Workshops
Second Sunday of each month, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Families of all ages are invited to deepen their experience, learn, and discover together at these monthly, walk-in workshops offered in the new Education Classroom. Activities change each session. Programs are free with Museum admission, and advance registration is only required for groups of 10 or more. For more information, call 215.898.4016.
This workshop is presented in conjunction with the opening of the new exhibition, Unearthing a Masterpiece: A Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel. On special display through May 12, the "Lod mosaic" 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 to take home.
A commander's bronze-crested helmet, circa 800 BCE, holds pride of place in the Etruscan Italy Gallery. Participants can design their own crested helmets inspired by the one on display.
Workshop participants imitate the ancient Romans, who molded votive offerings and statuettes to place in altars to achieve wishes or to thank the gods. Guests can mold their own pieces to take home as souvenirs.
What better way to celebrate Mother's Day than with the Penn Museum's mummies? Families can follow the work underway In the Artifact Lab, the Museum's open conservation laboratory, and design and wrap a mummy!
40 Winks with the Sphinx
January 18, 25; February 22; March 29; April 19
Friday, 5:30 pm - Saturday, 9:00 am
Penn Museum's popular sleepover program, geared to ages 6–12 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 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 largest granite Sphinx in the Western Hemisphere! For more information, go to www.penn.museum/40Winks or call 215.898.2680.
World Culture Days and Afternoons
Penn Museum galleries, classrooms, and auditoriums come alive with music and dance, performances and workshops, and talks and tours in these popular family-friendly programs, all free with Museum admission donation. For more information, call 215.898.2680.
Chinese New Year Celebration
Saturday, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Visitors ring in the Chinese Year of the Snake, and learn more about how the Lunar New Year is celebrated throughout Asia, at this 32nd annual daylong extravaganza celebration. Guests can bring the whole family and celebrate the New Year with a wide variety of music and dance performances, children's activities, storytelling, arts and crafts, and martial and healing arts workshops. The day ends with a drum roll, a roar, and the popular Lion Dance parade.
Celebration of African Cultures
Saturday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
The rich and varied cultures of Africa and the African diaspora are explored at this annual celebration, which features music and dance, storytelling, arts and crafts, games, cuisine, and more. Guests can Imagine Africa in the special, extended-run gallery project, find out what intrigues other visitors about Africa, and share their own interests, understandings, and questions.
A Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts Event
Sunday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Penn Museum celebrates Rome's birthday (April 21, 753 BCE) by inviting guests back through time to explore Italy during the ancient Roman Empire with an afternoon of activities. Visitors can enjoy gladiatorial bouts, try on helmets and shields, and reenact battle formations, as well as enjoy music, food, and arts and crafts. Enthusiasts can also visit the Museum's Etruscan Italy, Greece, and Rome Galleries, and learn more about the history of Mediterranean civilizations by viewing over 1,000 artifacts including marble and bronze sculptures, jewelry, gold and silver coins, metalwork, glass vessels, and more.
Penn Museum (the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 400 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, the Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind's collective heritage.
Penn Museum is located at 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (on Penn's campus, across from Franklin Field). Public transportation to the Museum is available via SEPTA's Regional Rail Line at University City Station; the Market-Frankford Subway Line at 34th Street Station; trolley routes 11, 13, 34, and 36; and bus routes 12, 21, 30, 40, and 42. Museum hours are Tuesday and Thursday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Wednesday, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, with P.M. @ PENN MUSEUM evening programs offered select Wednesdays. Closed Mondays and holidays. Admission donation is $12 for adults; $10 for senior citizens (65 and above); $10 for U.S. Military; $8 for children (6 to 17) and full-time students with ID; free to Members, PennCard holders, and children 5 and younger; "pay-what-you-want" the last half hour before closing. Hot and cold meals and light refreshments are offered to visitors with or without Museum admission in The Pepper Mill Café; the Museum Shop and Pyramid Shop for Children offer a wide selection of gifts, books, games, clothing and jewelry. Penn Museum can be found on the web at www.penn.museum. For general information call 215.898.4000. For group tour information call 215.746.8183.