Events

Second Sunday Culture Films: Wall Stories & The Calligrapher of Old Delhi

Penn Museum 3260 South St., Philadelphia, PA

The 2022-2023 culture film series Folklife, a joyful celebration of local folkways: writing, storytelling, visual arts, handcrafts, cuisine, and other forms of expression which make places and people distinctive and create bridges to connect them with other cultures around the world. Wall Stories dir Shashwati Talukdar (2014) A shrine to a saint in India is […]

Up Late With The Sphinx

Penn Museum 3260 South St., Philadelphia, PA

Calling all kids and families! Have you ever wanted to explore the museum galleries after dark? Join us during Up Late with the Sphinx for an evening filled with games and gallery activities. Drop into a hands-on workshop and make something special to take home, then finish your evening with a flashlight tour through the […]

Great Lectures: Teotihuacan: Rome of the Ancient Americas

Penn Museum 3260 South St., Philadelphia, PA

Around 100 CE, a huge metropolis began to emerge in the Basin of Mexico, one the Aztecs would later call Teotihuacan, or “Birthplace of the Gods.” It quickly came to dominate the region, and, with its completely new urban grid-plan, contained as many as 150,000 people. Its two gigantic buildings, the Pyramids of the Sun […]

Culture Fest! Celebrate Woman Artists and Creatives

Penn Museum 3260 South St., Philadelphia, PA

This full-day festival celebrates women and femme artists from around the world, featuring art and performances from some of the region’s best female artists and creatives. Honor the power and diversity of feminine creativity with a day of activities the whole family can enjoy, like live performances, hands-on workshops, storytelling, and an artist marketplace.

Second Sunday Culture Films: Fugetsu-Do & Morkovcha

Penn Museum 3260 South St., Philadelphia, PA

The 2022-2023 culture film series Folklife, a joyful celebration of local folkways: writing, storytelling, visual arts, handcrafts, cuisine, and other forms of expression which make places and people distinctive and create bridges to connect them with other cultures around the world. Please stay for a catered reception to celebrate the season finale. Fugetsu-Do Dir. Kaia […]

Lenapehoking: Archaeology, Heritage, and the Power of Place for Descendant Local Nation

Penn Museum 3260 South St., Philadelphia, PA

This panel discussion highlights tribal relationships to Lenapehoking, the ancestral and spiritual homeland of the Lenni-Lenape and Delaware peoples of the Delaware Valley. Archaeologists and tribal cultural specialists will bring the site-specific landscape and histories to life, illuminating once-vibrant places that remain important to tribal Nations today. Jeremy Johnson (Delaware), Director of Cultural Education, Delaware […]

Up Late with the Sphinx

Penn Museum 3260 South St., Philadelphia, PA

Calling all kids and families! Have you ever wanted to explore the museum galleries after dark? Join us during Up Late with the Sphinx for an evening filled with games and gallery activities. Drop into a hands-on workshop and make something special to take home, then finish your evening with a flashlight tour through the […]

Great Lecture: North American Mounds as World Heritage

Penn Museum 3260 South St., Philadelphia, PA

A millennium ago, Native people constructed over 120 earthen mounds at the site of Cahokia, a World Heritage site in Illinois. Built entirely by hand, the largest of these constructions towered 100 feet over a city that was more densely populated than the contemporary medieval city of London. Over two thousand years before Cahokia’s construction, […]

Great Lecture: Marshland of Cities: Lagash and its Neighbors ca. 2500 BCE

Penn Museum 3260 South St., Philadelphia, PA

The earliest cities in the world arose in a dynamic wetland environment at the intersection of the Tigris-Euphrates delta and the shore of the Persian Gulf during the 4th- and 3rd-millennia BCE. Recent work at the site of Lagash, led by the Penn Museum, in collaboration with the University of Pisa and Cambridge University, focuses […]

Great Lecture: Saving the Archaeology and Monuments of Lower Nubia

Penn Museum 3260 South St., Philadelphia, PA

Beginning in 1902, the archaeological sites and monuments of Lower Nubia were increasingly threatened by the construction of the series of dams on the Nile River at Aswan. By the early 1960s, the ancient land of Lower Nubia had vanished forever beneath the waters of Lake Nasser. Through international efforts, some of the cultural heritage […]