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Holiday Shopping at the Penn Museum

December 2-5 the Penn Museum offers international celebration, music, shopping and family fun to bring everyone, of every culture, into the spirit of the season!

Thursday, December 2, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Holiday Evening Program: Magnificent Objects!

Magnificent Objects

Since its founding in 1887, Penn Museum has explored sites the world over, assembling collections of objects that provide telling clues about the past and present human cultures. The Museum recently celebrated its internationally renowned collection with the spring 2004 publication of Magnificent Objects, the first full-color "treasures" book filled with diverse objects from across continents and throughout several millennia. During this fun evening of celebration, curators and staff of Penn Museum show off their favorite objects from the collection —many of which have never been on display.

The Museum's three shops join in the celebration, with a special sale of the book Magnificent Objects—and their own holiday selection of magnificent objects, brought in from fair trade cooperatives that assist communities internationally. Visitors enjoy a 10% shop discount; 20% for members! Includes dessert reception. $30 non-members; $20 members. Information: (215) 898-4890.


Friday, December 3, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Penn Community Spectacular: Holiday Shopping and Celebration

Penns students, staff and faculty, HUP employees, and CHOP employees are invited to a special shopping day.  Show your Penn, HUP or CHOP ID card and enjoy a 15% discount on purchases in all three shops!

Saturday, December 4, and Sunday, December 5 the Penn Museum Shops will be offering holiday discounts of 10% for non-members and 15% for members. The shop, known for its unusual and one-of-a-kind merchandise from around the world, features products created by international artists and non-profit groups working to better the lives of families and communities that they support. These products include decorative bowls, candlesticks, table coverings, wall hangings, and handmade greeting cards from Africa, knit products from Kenana Knitters of Kenya, Christmas ornaments and other designs from South Africa, home décor from Mali, jewelry from East Afghanistan, handicrafts from Guatemala and Nicaragua, and many more unique gift ideas.  

Over this weekend several cooperative leaders will be in the shop to talk about their products and share stories of how their programs are run, and how theyare making a difference in communities.  The Museum Shop is open Tuesday—Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.

The Pyramid Shop for Children at the Museum will be offering holiday discounts of 10% on purchases over $5 and 15% for members. The shop offers an unusual international selection of holiday gifts. The shop is a stocking stuffer paradise, featuring many small and  unusual games, toys and crafts, ranging from small ancient Roman metal soldiers to Guatemalan worry dolls, to Chinese Zodiac necklaces. The shop also features mini-booklets with fun-to-use activities, activity kits, picture books, and even hieroglyphic decoders. The Pyramid Shop is open Tuesday—Friday 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.


Sunday, December 5, 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Family Holiday Event: Peace Around the World

 "Smile, Laughter, Friends!" is the theme of this year's 9th annual holiday family celebration-and Penn Museum's wish for a world at peace—featuring many-cultured music and entertainment throughout the galleries. The fun-filled day includes the music of children and adult choirs, international dancing, games, face painting, holiday craft workshops, free treats for children and more. International students from International House of Philadelphia join the celebration; visitors can meet them and collect the words "Peace Around the World" written in different languages. The Museum's three shops offer special holiday discounts (10%; 20% for members) and international fair trade cooperative crafts! Free. Information: (215) 898-4890.



  Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 13, November 23, 2004


November 23, 2004
Volume 51 Number 13


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