On September 23 the Penn Museum is participating in Smithsonian Museum Day Live! Complimentary tickets for two can be obtained at the Smithsonian website.
On September 28 the Museum presents Mummies and Martinis as well as a Sketch night. Artists are encouraged to bring their sketch pads and pencils to the Penn Museum’s China gallery. Guests at this after-hours event can experience the Egypt Gallery as well and those 21 and over can enjoy a complimentary cocktail. Tickets for each of these events are $9
On October 3 the museum will be launching a new program geared for young archaeologists ages 3 to 5. Museum Play-dates will be offered monthly, October through April. Each play-date is a one hour program with a different theme connecting to one of the museum’s galleries. Activities include story time, dramatic play, and arts and crafts as well as a small snack. October’s theme will be Rome. Tickets are $10 for one child and one adult. Additional children are $2 each. A discounted subscription for the entire series of events is available for $55. The full series schedule and the list of topics is available online.
October 8 marks the start of this season’s Second Sunday Film Series. The theme this time around is Time Travel. The first screening will be the Film Darkside which features Australian ghost stories retold by Australian actors. The Second Sunday Series is included with general admission. Information for the full cultural film series is available online.
On October 19 the museum will celebrate African culture with an after-hours event combining interactive global arts, dance, live music and fashion featuring some of Philadelphia’s leading performing and visual artists. This event will provide light fare as well as a cash bar and has a $10 cover charge.
October 21 is International Archaeology Day and the Penn Museum is celebrating by offering behind-the-scenes glimpses into the workings of the Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials. Meet and talk with archaeologists, curators, and scholars like Megan Kassabaum, the curator of the museum’s newest exhibition, Moundbuilders: Ancient Architects of North America.
The month wraps up with a Celebrate the Day of the Dead with Mexican Cultural Center on October 28. Experience Mexican culture and the rich traditions of Día de los Muertos. This family friendly event features musicand dancing as well as arts and crafts. The event’s centerpiece is a Day of the Dead alter created by volunteers. Costumed guests under the age of 12 receive half-priced admission. All guests that come costumed as Día de los Muertos characters or Mexican cultural icons can join a parade and costume contest. So wear your best La Catrina or Frida Kahlo costume!
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
3260 South Street
Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. -5 p.m.
$15 General Admission
$13 Senior Citizens
$10 Children 6-17
Free for members