Funds and Programs

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Your support for any of the following funds and programs furthers the Penn Museum’s mission of transforming understanding of the human experience.


Adopt an Artifact

Penn Museum invites visitors to explore the wonders of history and culture from civilizations around the world through an extraordinary collection of nearly one million artifacts – objects created by humans for every day or sacred use. Just one percent of these artifacts are on public display at any one time, but the rest still need proper housing and care.

Read More: Adopt an Artifact 


Annual Fund

Your support for the Penn Museum's Annual Fund provides resources where they’re needed most—from special exhibitions to collections care to programs for school children.

Donate Now


Director's Exhibitions & Galleries Fund

The Penn Museum has established the Director’s Exhibitions and Galleries Fund, through which its friends can support the vital regeneration of our signature galleries, or our changing exhibitions program, with a gift of any size.

Your support for the Director’s Exhibitions and Galleries Fund provides the flexibility for short-term gallery interventions that improve the visitor experience such as artifact rotation, improved lighting, signage, casework and complementary didactic materials in print and electronic media; major renovation projects including complete reinstallation; and changing exhibitions that present the Museum’s own collections in new light, or offer visitors an opportunity to see exceptional materials from outside.

All donors will receive recognition in the Museum’s publications including our Annual Report and on our website.

Donate Now


Director's Field Fund

Since its inception, the Museum has sponsored over 300 excavation and research expeditions around the world. It continues to be one of the world’s leading intellectual centers of archaeological and anthropological discovery.

Central to our mission is the Museum’s ambitious program of ongoing fieldwork and research. For this reason, the Penn Museum has established the Director’s Fieldwork Fund, through which its friends can support the varied and diverse projects that take place every year with a gift of any size.

Donate Now


Sponsor a School Group

Sponsor A School Group underwrites the costs of a school visit to the Museum, making the Museum’s outstanding educational programs accessible.

Donate Now


Student Fieldwork Fund

The Penn Museum has established the Student Fieldwork Fund, through which its friends can support student opportunities to share in the thrill of discovery and receive hands-on training in archaeological techniques. Undergraduate and Graduate students have participated in excavations in the Mediterranean, Near East, Egypt, and Central and South America.

Your support for the Student Fieldwork Fund provides one or more students with a stipend for airfare and some living expenses while they work. The average stipend awarded per student is $1,500. Donors may elect to support one or more students for a single or multi-year period. 

Donate Now


Touch Tours

Touch Tours make the Museum's collections accessible to blind and visually impaired audiences from around the region.

Donate Now


Unpacking the Past

Unpacking the Past brings our renowned archaeological collections to life for every seventh grade student in the Philadelphia School District and other school partners.

Donate Now


 

 

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:

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, February 18, 6:00 to 9:30 pm
R-Rated Romans

Stay in the Valentine's Day spirit with this foray into ancient Roman romance. Guests learn about some lusty customs of civilizations in antiquity during a humorous talk by Dr. Brian Rose, Curator-in-Charge, Penn Museum Mediterranean Section. Spice up the night further with a guided tour of suggestive and salacious objects in the galleries, and enjoy drinks from a cash bar. Admission: $20; $15, Penn Museum members and PennCard holders (includes one free drink for guests 21 and older). For more information, call 215.898.2680.


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. For more information about Women's Committee events visit their website.

 

Legacy Giving

What do you value most? By thinking creatively and planning ahead, you can make prudent financial decisions, create a lasting legacy that perpetuates your values, and ensure that the Penn Museum remains a vibrant place for generations to come.


Planned Gifts

We owe a great debt to the Penn Museum's founders and others whom have come before us for cementing the Museum's reputation as one of the great archaeological institutions in the world.

Planned Gifts are excellent ways to support the Penn Museum, while creating lasting legacies in recognition of each donor's generosity. You can tailor bequests and structure gifts of stock, real estate, life insurance, or retirement plans to maximize tax savings while providing for the Museum.

If you are considering making a planned gift to support the Museum, or if you've already included in the Museum in your estate plan but haven't yet notified us, we look forward to hearing from you.

For more information please email
Robert Vosburgh at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Simple Gifts

You can name the Penn Museum as a partial beneficiary of a LIFE INSURANCE POLICY, which may generate favorable tax advantages for your non-charitable beneficiaries.

You can name the Penn Museum as a beneficiary of your IRA, thereby generating a tax deduction that may shield other assets in your estate while avoiding the “double taxation” of appreciated IRA assets.


HELP THE MUSEUM AND OTHERS

You can make a gift to the Penn Museum, receive an immediate income tax deduction, and generate an income stream for life through a CHARITABLE GIFT ANNUITY.

You can make a gift to the Penn Museum, receive an immediate income tax deduction, and generate an income stream for life through a CHARITABLE REMAINDER TRUST.

You can make a gift to the Penn Museum, take advantage of favorable planning to pass on tax-advantaged assets to your non-charitable beneficiaries in the future through a CHARITABLE LEAD TRUST.

 

Volunteer

Become a Volunteer

Since 1887, the Museum has depended on volunteer help for many of its projects and much of its development. Today, more than 200 volunteers participate regularly, making important contributions to the Museum. Some volunteers come in daily, and many have served for 20 or more years!

Read more: Become a Volunteer


Volunteer Acknowledgment

As a small token of appreciation for their extraordinary contributions of time and talent, the Penn Museum is pleased to host an annual luncheon for all volunteers at which awards are presented for Volunteer of the Year, and milestone years of service. The Museum is also pleased to recognize all volunteers in its Annual Report. To learn more about our Penn Museum volunteers, please download and enjoy our most recent Annual Report.

Read more: Annual Report




 

Recognition

Annual Report

The Penn Museum is pleased to acknowledge the support of members and annual fund donors of $250 and above, and all donors to its capital and special projects, in its Annual Report. To learn more about these contributions and the programs they make possible, please download and enjoy our most recent Annual Report.

Read more: Annual Report

 

People Supporting Penn

The University of Pennsylvania is pleased to acknowledge donors to the Museum, as well as all of its schools and other centers, through its annual online publication People Supporting Penn. Please explore the Museum pages and learn more about all of the other school and center activities, at the link below.

Read more: People Supporting Penn


Institutional Partners

The Penn Museum appreciates the support of corporations and foundations that are committed to impact, inclusion, and innovation in the cultural community.

Read more: Institutional Partners

 

Research and Excavations

You are invited to join us in the thrill and excitement of discovery.


Director's Fieldwork Fund

Since its inception, the Museum has sponsored over 300 excavation and research expeditions around the world. It continues to be one of the world's leading intellectual centers of archaeological and anthropological discovery.

Central to our mission is the Museum's ambitious program of ongoing fieldwork and research. For this reason, the Penn Museum has established the Director's Fieldwork Fund, through which its friends can support the varied and diverse projects that take place every year with a gift of any size.

Donate Now


For more information please email
Robert Vosburgh at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Student Fieldwork Fund

The Penn Museum has established the Student Fieldwork Fund, through which its friends can support student opportunities to share in the thrill of discovery and receive hands-on training in archaeological techniques. Undergraduate and Graduate students have participated in excavations in the Mediterranean, Near East, Egypt, and Central and South America.

Your support for the Student Fieldwork Fund provides one or more students with a stipend for airfare and some living expenses while they work. The average stipend awarded per student is $1,500. Donors may elect to support one or more students for a single or multi-year period.

Donate

 

Museum Exhibitions

The Penn Museum’s galleries, and how our collections tell the stories of the human experience, are central to furthering our mission and serving the public. The Museum is a civic treasure and a vital destination for visitors because of world-class exhibitions that complement our extraordinary signature galleries.


Director's Exhibitions & Galleries Fund

The Penn Museum has established the Director’s Exhibitions and Galleries Fund, through which its friends can support the vital regeneration of our signature galleries, or our changing exhibitions program, with a gift of any size.

Your support for the Director’s Exhibitions and Galleries Fund provides the flexibility for short-term gallery interventions that improve the visitor experience such as artifact rotation, improved lighting, signage, casework, and complementary didactic materials in print and electronic media; major renovation projects including complete reinstallation; and changing exhibitions that present the Museum’s own collections in new light, or offer visitors an opportunity to see exceptional materials from outside.

Donate


Program Partnerships

Your organization or corporation can support the Penn Museum’s mission in many ways, from sponsorships to in-kind contributions. Our corporate partners benefit from being associated with the Museum’s significant resources—vast, unique, and impressive collections that we have largely excavated ourselves, committed curators and professional staff of the highest caliber, and the benefits that come with being part of one of the world’s great universities.

For more information please email
Christine Fox at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Learning Programs

The Penn Museum has been committed to inclusivity and engagement since it was founded, offering a wide array of programs and activities for K–12 school groups, individuals, families, and special groups. Believing that the Museum can transform the way our visitors see the past, and the way in which they understand the world and their place in it, our programs offer a first interaction with a resource that we hope may become a lifelong source of information, entertainment, wonder, and belonging.


Unpacking the Past

Unpacking the Past is an innovative partnership with the School District of Philadelphia, KIPP Philadelphia and Mastery Charter Schools that will invite every seventh grade public school student to experience our renowned Egyptian collection while enriching "Common Core" curricula in ancient world cultures, math, and science, with opportunities for continued interaction both in the classroom and at home.

The Penn Museum is pleased to announce a generous lead grant of $1 million from GRoW Annenberg, a program of the Annenberg Foundation: $500,000 outright to launch the program in the 2014–15 academic year, and a challenge grant of $500,000 to be awarded as soon as the Museum has secured additional commitments of $1.2 million to fund the program’s first three years in full.

Your support for Unpacking the Past helps us meet the GRoW Annenberg Foundation’s challenge and underwrites valuable experiences Philadelphia youth.

Donate to Unpacking the Past


Touch Tours

Insights into Ancient Cultures Touch Tours, offered on select Mondays, enable blind, visually impaired and other special needs visitors to experience select objects from the Museum’s renowned Collection through the sense of touch. Docent-led tours in small groups offer the ability to touch ancient objects without the use of gloves, as well as scaled replicas.

Donate to Touch Tours


Sponsor a School Group

The Penn Museum has established the “Sponsor a School Group” program, through which its friends can underwrite the costs of a visit from two classes at one or more urban public schools, including bus, admission, tour and workshop fees.

$2,000 will cover the following expenses for one public school bringing two classes (60 students total):

  • Free admission for students, teachers and chaperones
  • Docent-guided tour of a gallery of the group leader’s choosing
  • Interactive workshop or International Classroom presentation
  • Round-trip bus transportation between the school and the Museum

Sponsor a School Group

 

Leadership Giving

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

— John Quincy Adams


Loren Eiseley Leadership Giving Society

Named for the University’s first Benjamin Franklin Professor, Provost, and Curator of the Museum’s Early Man Section, the Loren Eiseley Leadership Giving Society (LES) is the Penn Museum’s leadership unrestricted annual giving group. These distinguished donors make unrestricted gifts of $1,500 or more to the Museum in a given fiscal year.

Through their generosity and vision, LES members provide 70 percent of all unrestricted support and serve as an inspiration to fellow Museum members and friends.

Read more: Loren Eiseley Leadership Giving Society

 

 

Ben Franklin

Benjamin Franklin Society

Members of the Penn Museum’s Loren Eiseley Leadership Giving Society at the Silver Circle and above are recognized as members of the Benjamin Franklin Society. Founded in 1955, the Benjamin Franklin Society (BFS) is the University of Pennsylvania’s leadership unrestricted annual giving group, acknowledging distinguished donors who make gifts and pledge payments of $2,500 or more to annual giving funds across the University in a given fiscal year.

Read more: Benjamin Franklin Society

 

 

Sara Yorke Stevenson Legacy Circle

Sara Yorke Stevenson Legacy Circle honors individuals who commit financial resources to support the Penn Museum through legacy gifts. It is named after one of the Penn Museum’s founders and the first woman to receive an honorary degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Read more: Sara Yorke Stevenson Legacy Circle

 

Annual Fund

Annual Fund

Make a donation today to the Penn Museum’s Annual Fund to make a critical and immediate impact. Annual Fund gifts are crucial because they provide the resources necessary to welcome visitors of all ages, care for our historic galleries and renowned collection, and make research discoveries possible.


Adopt an Artifact

“Adopt” one of your favorite Penn Museum artifacts and help us to properly care for all the artifacts in our collection. All funds raised from adoptions will support the preservation, storage, and management of our artifacts.

Read more: Adopt an Artifact


 

Membership F.A.Q

  1. How can I purchase a new membership or renew my current membership to the Penn Museum?
  2. Do I need to bring my membership card with me when I visit?
  3. How do I purchase tickets for events with a membership discount?
  4. Can I use my membership for free admission and/or discounts at other museums?
  5. How long is my membership valid?
  6. What happens if I lose my membership card?
  7. When will I receive my membership card?
  8. I just renewed my membership. Why did I receive another notice in the mail?
  9. When do my benefits begin?
  10. Can I get two membership cards?
  11. Can I give a membership to the Penn Museum as a gift?
  12. Can I bring guests with me during my visit?
  13. Is my membership tax-deductible?
  14. I received an email from the Museum inviting me to register to my online account on Museum's website. Why should I do this?
  15. How do I receive my membership discounts at the Pepper Mill Café and the Museum Shop?
  16. How do I notify the Museum of my change of email or mailing address?
  17. Why does the Museum request my email address?
  18. If I provide my email address, how often will I hear from the Penn Museum?
  19. Does the Museum share my information with anyone else?

  1. How can I purchase a new membership or renew my current membership to the Penn Museum?
    There are three easy ways to join or renew:
    • Online
    • By phone at 215.898.5093
    • At the Museum's Kamin (West) or Kress (East) entrances
  2. Do I need to bring my membership card with me when I visit?
    We recommend that you bring your membership card when visiting the Penn Museum so you can easily enjoy your onsite benefits. However, if you have misplaced your card or do not have your card with you during your visit, you can check in with your name at the Museum's Kamin or Kress entrances.

  3. How do I purchase tickets for events with a membership discount?
    Once you have registered on our website to create your personal online account, you will be able to purchase tickets with a membership discount for events that require them. From the Events Calendar page, select the event you wish to attend. Ticketed events have a large, blue “Get Tickets” button below the event information. Once you click this, at the very top right side of your screen, click “Sign In.” Enter your information and choose the member ticket option. PLEASE NOTE: The member ticket option will not reflect the discount advertised in the event description, but this discount will appear AFTER you have click the large, orange “Register” button and before you enter your payment information. You may also call the Membership Office at 215.898.5093 for personal assistance in purchasing your tickets.

  4. Can I use my membership for free admission and/or discounts at other museums?
    Members at the Friends and Family level and above enjoy reciprocal benefits at participating museums throughout the country through the North American Reciprocal Museums Program (NARM) and the Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums (ROAM).

  5. How long is my membership valid?
    Your membership is valid for one year from the time that you join.

  6. What happens if I lose my membership card?
    You may still gain entry to the Museum by checking in at either the Kamin or Kress entrance. If you would like a replacement card you may call the Membership Office at 215.898.5093 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  7. When will I receive my membership card?
    New and renewing members receive their membership cards in approximately two weeks.

  8. I just renewed my membership. Why did I receive another notice in the mail?
    It takes up to two weeks to receive and process a renewal payment. If you recently renewed, please disregard any additional notices.

  9. When do my benefits begin?
    Your member benefits begin the day you join. If you join or renew online or through the mail and would like to visit the Museum before you have received your membership card, receptionists at any of the Museum's entrances will be able to confirm your membership.

  10. Can I get two membership cards?
    Members at the Dual level and above receive two membership cards. They may each be printed with a different member's name or both with the same name.

  11. Can I give a membership to the Penn Museum as a gift?
    Yes. Simply choose the membership level that you would like to purchase, click the “Join/Renew” button, and check the box indicating that your membership is a gift to be prompted for recipient information.

  12. Can I bring guests with me during my visit?
    At the Friends and Family level and above, you may bring guests with you in addition to the two adults and all children under the age of 18 included in your membership. The number of guests you may bring increases with your level of membership; for more information click here.

  13. Is my membership tax-deductible?
    Your membership contribution is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Memberships at the Friends and Family level and below are fully tax deductible. To find out how much of each membership is tax-deductible at the Patron level and below, click here.

  14. I received an email from the Museum inviting me to register to my online account on Museum's website. Why should I do this?
    Registering for an online account enables you to purchase event tickets with your membership discount and to easily renew your membership. If you need assistance, please call the Membership Office at 215.898.5093.

  15. How do I receive my membership discounts at the Pepper Mill Café and the Museum Shop?
    Simply show your membership card at the time of your purchase to enjoy your members' discount.

  16. How do I notify the Museum of my change of email or mailing address?
    Please call Membership at 215.898.5093 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  17. Why does the Museum request my email address?
    By providing your email address, the Museum will be able to send you monthly “clickable” Calendar of Events, as well as updates on new events, special offers, and other member-related news that is not always mailed to homes.

  18. If I provide my email address, how often will I hear from the Penn Museum?
    In addition to the monthly "clickable" Calendar of Events, you will receive occasional emails about upcoming events or special offers each month. If your membership is due for renewal, you will also receive an email inviting you to easily renew your membership online.

  19. Does the Museum share my information with anyone else?
    We use email for communication purposes only and will never sell or share your email address. From time to time, the Museum does exchange our members' mailing addresses with other nonprofit cultural organizations. If you prefer this information not be shared with other nonprofits, please contact us at 215.898.5093 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
 

Membership Levels

We invite you to explore which membership level and corresponding benefits are right for you.

To purchase a gift membership, please select your desired gift level, and then on the following page, check the box indicating that your membership is a gift to be prompted for recipient information. Thank you for selecting Penn Museum membership for your gift-giving!

If you are a public library interested in a Library Household membership, please call the Membership Office at 215.898.5093. We thank you for your understanding as we are unable to process Library Household memberships online at this time.


Individual $55

(Fully tax-deductible)

 

Unlimited free admission, Expedition magazine mailed to your home three times a year, discounts on public programs, the Pepper Mill Cafe, the Museum Store and more!

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Dual $80

(Fully tax-deductible)

 

All the benefits of Individual Membership for two adults.

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Household $95

(Fully tax-deductible)

 

All the benefits of Dual Membership plus additional benefits designed for families (good for grandparents and grandchildren too!).

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Friends & Family $150

(Fully tax-deductible)

 

All the benefits of Household Membership plus additional guest passes and reciprocal membership through:
North American Reciprocal Museum Association (NARM)
Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums (ROAM)

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Expedition Circles

Patron $250

($170 tax-deductible)

 

All the benefits of Friends & Family Membership plus exclusive events with Museum curators.

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Fellow $500

($370 tax-deductible)

 

All the benefits of Expedition Circle Patron Membership plus additional exclusive events.

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Benefactor $750

($610 tax-deductible)

 

All the benefits of Expedition Circle Fellow Membership plus additional exclusive events.

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Special Membership Categories

Student $40

(Fully tax-deductible)

 

All the benefits of Individual Membership at a special discounted student rate with ID.

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Associate $50

(Fully tax-deductible)

 

Individuals living 100 miles or more from the Penn Museum may enjoy all of the benefits of Individual Membership at a special discounted rate.

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Gift Memberships

Give a unique gift that lasts an entire year!

Purchase a gift membership for a loved one and he or she will receive a year’s worth of membership benefits including free admission, invitations to members-only events, free or discounted admission to our popular programs, discounts at the Museum Shop and the Pepper Mill Café, plus so much more.

To purchase a gift membership, please select your desired gift level, and then on the following page, check the box indicating that your membership is a gift to be prompted for recipient information.

Thank you for selecting Penn Museum membership for your gift-giving!

 

Membership

Join or Renew as a Member!

Explore our world-class collection, learn from our renowned curators and researchers, and enjoy exclusive events as only a Penn Museum member can. Enjoy fantastic benefits such as free year-round admission, invitations to members-only events, and free or discounted admission to most of our popular programs and events all for a great value.


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Give / Join

You are invited to join us in our mission of transforming understanding of the human experience.


 
 
 

Whether you are interested in learning programs for children and special groups, museum exhibitions, or cutting-edge archaeological research and excavations around the world, there is something here that will ignite your passions.

 
 
 
 

For over 125 years the Penn Museum has been one of the world’s great archaeology and anthropology research museums. Your financial support, along with the Museum’s significant resources—vast, unique, and impressive collections that we have largely excavated ourselves, committed faculty-curators and professional staff of the highest caliber, and the benefits that come with being part of one of the world’s great universities—ensures that the Penn Museum is a vibrant and engaging place of continual discovery. Thank you!

 
 
 

Making History at the Penn Museum

Destination 2012

In June 2010, following approval from its Board of Overseers, the Penn Museum announced Destination 2012, part of the University of Pennsylvania’s landmark $3.5 billion Making History Campaign, with a goal of $52.5 million.

Each and every gift to the Penn Museum – large or small; membership, annual fund or special project – counts toward the Destination 2012 Campaign. To make a special gift to one of the strategic initiatives outlined below, please contact Amanda Mitchell-Boyask at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Therese Marmion at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Renovation of the West Wing of the Museum’s original, 1899 building.
    Gifts received to date have made possible climate controlled and fully renovated galleries, the creation of a laboratory for the teaching of ceramic petrography, and the commencement of renovation of the Widener Lecture Room as a lovely teaching, meeting, and private event space. Funding needs remain to complete the final phase of the West Wing Renovation Project: the renovation of the suite of conservation and teaching laboratories on the first floor, with a special study/storage classroom housing part of the renowned Morton Collection of human crania.
  • Changing Exhibitions and New Long-Term Galleries
    Underwriting gifts have made possible vibrant, varied and interactive changing and long-term exhibitions which have helped attract new audiences and given returning visitors a fresh perspective at the Penn Museum. Underwriting gifts are sought for an upcoming presentation of the spectacular Roman mosaic from Lod, Israel, and new, long-term exhibitions of the Museum’s permanent collections in Native American Voices and The Making and Unmaking of Race.
  • Conservation Staff and Internship Program
    Penn Museum’s Conservation Laboratory was the first of its kind in the United States to be staffed entirely by professional conservators, who act as caretakers and preservers of the Museum’s extraordinary collection, and run an active Internship and Fellowship Program which, since 1971, has hosted nearly 50 fellows and interns, many of whom can be found now working in leading museums worldwide. To ensure the best stewardship of the Collection entrusted to it, through Destination 2012, the Museum seeks to add two permanent full-time conservator positions and fund up to eight annual pre-doctoral interns.
  • New Student Programs
    Campaign gifts are already providing financial assistance for travel and living expenses to undergraduate students participating in archaeological field work through a Museum summer or semester project. Additional funding is sought as student participation in fieldwork increases through new curricular initiatives.
  • Digital Initiatives
    Generous contributions to Destination 2012’s digital initiatives have made possible the creation of the Kowalski Digital Media Center, conversion to a new collections management database backing the Online Collection launched in January 2012, and work on new web initiatives to showcase 125 of the Museum’s important research projects, as well as project-specific sites offering access to the objects and archival records from the Museum’s excavations at Ur, Iraq; Kourion, Cyprus; Gordion, Turkey, and Hasanlu, Iran. Additional support for digital initiatives will make it possible to bring increase and expand the scope of materials accessible through our Online Collection.
 

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  • Adopt an Artifact
  • Annual Giving
  • Become a Member
  • Capital Campaign

    Destination 2012

    In June 2010, following approval from its Board of Overseers, the Penn Museum announced Destination 2012, part of the University of Pennsylvania’s landmark $3.5 billion Making History CampaignDestination 2012 invites stakeholders and friends to support the vision outlined by Williams Director Richard Hodges in a new, five-year strategic plan to enable the Museum to better showcase its extraordinary Collection and be a great public teaching museum for Penn’s students and faculty, the Greater Philadelphia region, and, through its website and research projects, individuals all over the world who seek a greater understanding of their cultural heritage.

    Through the Destination 2012 Campaign, the Museum seeks funding for the following major initiatives:

    Renovation of the West Wing of the Museum’s original, 1899 building will provide long-awaited climate control, renovated galleries, state-of-the-art conservation and teaching labs and a lovely private event space.

    Revitalized program of changing exhibitions, large and small, with engaging related programming, will bring ancient and contemporary world cultures to a broad range of regional and tourist audiences.

    Expanded conservation staff and internship program with enhanced facilities will restore the Penn Museum to its place as a world leader in object conservation and training and enable better stewardship of its Collection.

    New student programs, including field schools, internship programs and lab-based curricular courses, will strengthen ties between the Museum and the University and put the Penn Museum at the forefront of field and laboratory-based archaeology training in the United States.

    Digitized collections and research archives will make the Penn Museum’s world-renowned Collection universally accessible, through powerful databases and virtual online exhibitions.

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  • Loren Eiseley Society
  • Planned Giving
  • Support the Penn Museum
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