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"We have joined the caravan, you might say, at a certain point; we will travel as far as we can…"

Loren Eiseley in The Immense Journey

Loren Eiseley—University of Pennsylvania Provost, Benjamin Franklin Professor, anthropologist, ecologist, science writer, and poet—believed that life’s mysteries were infinite and was committed to exploring them. The Loren Eiseley Society, composed leadership-level annual donors to the Penn Museum, upholds his legacy of thoughtful inquiry into the history of humanity. Through their generosity, Loren Eiseley Society members provide crucial unrestricted support for the Penn Museum, and experience unparalleled access to the Museum’s extraordinary collections and experts.

Donor Levels

Bronze Circle $1,500

  • Invitation to the Annual Loren Eiseley Society Dinner
  • Invitations to exclusive behind-the-scenes events, exhibition previews, lectures, and tours with Penn Museum curators and leadership
  • Recognition in prominent signage at the Museum and the Museum’s Annual Report
  • Exclusive monthly email update from the Museum Williams Director
  • Free admission for up to three additional guests per visit
  • Personal assistance from Penn Museum staff when planning a visit
  • Three one-day parking vouchers
  • Reciprocal free admission to more than 900 museums throughout the United States and Canada

And all the benefits of the General Membership Program, including:

  • Free, unlimited general admission for two adults and all children under 18 years in your family all year (also good for grandparents and grandchildren!)
  • One-year subscription (three issues) to the Museum’s award-winning members’ magazine, Expedition
  • 15% discount at the Museum Shop and 10% discount at the Pepper Mill Café


All but $400 tax deductible

Silver Circle $2,500

All Bronze Circle benefits, plus:

  • Invitation to annual Director’s Exclusive: an intimate gathering with the Williams Director and museum leadership, detailing cutting-edge work and plans
  • Recognition in and invitation to special events of the University of Pennsylvania’s Benjamin Franklin Society
  • Additional free one-day parking voucher (four total)


All but $450 tax deductible

Gold Circle $5,000

All Silver Circle benefits, plus:

  • Breakfast or evening tours of exhibitions with curators
  • Free admission for one additional guest per visit (four total)


All but $510 tax deductible

Williams Director’s Circle $10,000

All Gold Circle benefits, plus:

  • Private lunch and tour with the Williams Director
  • Unlimited free parking
  • Recognition in annual issue of Expedition


All but $530 tax deductible

Chairman’s Circle $25,000

All Williams Director’s Circle benefits, plus:

  • Opportunity to accompany the Chairman, Williams Director or senior curator on visits to a Penn Museum-associated archaeological site or other museum tours
  • One private tour and reception for party of six with curator or keeper


All but $650 tax deductible

Ways to Give

By Mail

Enclose payment with the following form to Penn Museum Membership, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia PA 19104. Checks can be made payable to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.


Should you wish to register for an event online upon becoming a member, please note that your membership gift may take a full business day to process.

By Securities

For instructions on giving gifts of securities, contact Kate Fox, Associate Director, Membership and Annual Fund, at 215.573.9722.

By Phone

To join or renew, or for any questions about the Loren Eiseley Society, contact Kate Fox, Associate Director, Membership and Annual Fund, at 215.573.9722.

At the Museum

Visit the Admissions Desk at any of the Museum's entrances.

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