Penn Museum Summer Events, Deals and Updates

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Penn Museum has many events during the remainder of the summer—and some important announcements as construction continues.

For $5, or free with a PennCard, A New Spin on Summer Nights. Enjoy cocktails, music outdoors and stroll through the Museum, 5-7:30 p.m., July 17 and 31, August 7,14 and 28, and September 4. For info, visit

Through August 14, World Wonders, a weekly program on Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-noon, features Daria World of Music on July 17, Traditions of India on July 24, and the Franklin Institute Presents Motion & Machines on July 31. These performances introduce children to a new world culture.

Storytime Expeditions is a program for families with young children, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Fridays through August 30. It’s an interactive experience with touchable replica artifacts. Families can make a day of it—watch and talk to Penn Museum conservators at work in the Artifact Lab at 11 a.m., dig into lunch at the Pepper Mill Café (or bring your own lunch to eat in one of the courtyards), then get a deeper understanding of a different artifact with the Daily Dig, a 15-minute conversation at 1 p.m.

The Penn Museum encourages people to converse with strangers and practice their second-language skills with monthly Conversational Corners, where the Museum provides a topic for unfacilitated discussion in one of its iconic spaces. Highlighted languages include: Spanish, English, Italian and Mandarin. Upcoming discussions, July 13 and August 10, are free and open to the public; 10-11:30 a.m. in the Pepper Mill Café.

Start or maintain a morning exercise routine at a manageable pace with the Museum Mile on Thursday, July 11 and August 8 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Ideal for beginners, it helps people of all ages to get moving through the Museum’s galleries. Stroll along a one-mile indoor walk through history—before the Museum officially opens for the day. Get in 2,000 steps as you walk by stone pharaohs of Egypt, Etruscan battle armor and Buddhist sculptures. Enter through the Kress) Entrance on the east side. The event is free and open to the public. Bring-your-own mug for $1 coffee at the Pepper Mill Café.

At the Museum Shop, July 14-21, visitors receive 10% off of Egyptian-made products to celebrate Wep Renpet (Egyptian New Year) and the discovery of the Rosetta Stone (July 19, 1799).

Starting Tuesday, July 30, visitors will be able to walk into the Museum using the Trescher Courtyard entrance. The Kress Entrance will continue to be available for use while the Museum continues with its Building Transformation. General admission will be reduced to $10, July 30-November 15. PennCard holders, including faculty, staff, and students, get free admission to the Museum.

Penn Museum: Blue Star

Now through Labor Day, military families can enjoy free admission to the Penn Museum through Blue Star Museums, which offers free admission to active duty, reservists, veterans with valid military or military family ID. See