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    Upcoming events
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      Magic in the Ancient World
    • Saturday, July 22, 2017
    • This exhibit features a variety of a variety of artifacts once used by ancient peoples seeking to fulfill desires through supernatural means. See amulets, incantation bowls, curse tablets, rings and other items from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome.
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      Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria & Iraq
    • Saturday, July 22, 2017
    • Nimrud. Aleppo. Palmyra. Ebla. These ancient sites and many others in Iraq and Syria have found their way to the top of international news today, as the destruction of cultural heritage becomes both a by-product and a tactic of ongoing war. This new exhibition, created in conjunction with the Penn Cultural Heritage Center, sheds light on the ongoing destruction of cultural heritage in the Middle East by showing what's at stake- the rich history of the region and the diversity of its people-and what's being done to prevent the loss of this history and cultural identity. Fascinating ancient art and artifacts from the Penn Museum's extensive Near East collection tell stories of the cultures of Syria and Iraq through time. Contemporary artwork from Issam Kourbaj, a Syrian artist based in Cambridge, UK, provides an art intervention-a modern-day response to the artifacts and themes. The exhibition features the important work being done by the University of Pennsylvania and Smithsonian Institution in conjunction with individuals and groups in the Middle East to help combat the loss of irreplaceable cultural heritage.
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      Moundbuilders: Ancient Architects of North America
    • Saturday, July 22, 2017
    • The Great Pyramids in Egypt, Stonehenge in England, and the Maya city of Teotihuacan were all built thousands of years ago. Add to that list of extraordinary achievements the earthen mounds--some rising to heights of 70 or 100 feet, some more than 5,000 years old--that dot the landscape of North America. This new exhibition tells the sometimes enigmatic story of more than 5,000 years of Native American moundbuilding through photographs, archival excavation records, and more than 60 artifacts excavated at mound sites throughout the eastern United States. The exhibition runs June 24 through December 2017.
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      Conjunto Philadelphia
    • Wednesday, July 26, 2017
    • Conjunto Philadelphia is a musical ensemble based in the Philadelphia area performing the music of Pre-Revolutionary Cuba. The group's main aspiration is to maintain the authenticity of the music while performing it in a way that pays homage to Cuba's deep and treasured musical history. Get into summertime mode with good tunes and great times at the Penn Museum, as they present their eighth annual Summer Nights Concert Series! Each week brings a new musical experience to the Museum's outdoor garden courtyard. Concerts are presented every Wednesday evening, June 21 through September 6, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Concerts move indoors during inclement weather. Admission, which includes Museum admission, is just $10 (free for PennCard holders, Penn Medicine and CHOP employees with ID; also free for Penn Museum Members and children under 6 years old).
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      Steve Abrams: Aesop's Fables
    • Wednesday, July 26, 2017
    • Master puppeteer Steve Abrams involves his audiences in everything he does, from the simplest form of puppetry to expert (and very funny) presentations of Aesop's fables--in which a brave mouse, a lazy fox, and a very determined turtle are the featured players. Audience members can shake hands with a strange, blue animal that lives in Steve's suitcase, practice their own turtle voices, and enjoy a warm encounter with the world of imagination.
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      Storytime Expedition: Little Bear, You're a Star!
    • Wednesday, July 26, 2017
    • This lively, vibrantly illustrated rendition of the story of Big and Little Bear provides a wonderful introduction to classic Greek myths and the constellations. This story complements the World Wonders: Steve Abrams Presents Aesop's Fables program. Storytime Expeditions summer series features storybooks and touchable artifacts specially selected to introduce young readers to cultural themes and traditions represented in our museum galleries. This hands-on learning opportunity not only broadens world cultural knowledge, but also establishes basic museum literacy and critical thinking skills. This program is designed for children between the ages of 4 and 8. No reservations are required, but space is limited due to the nature of the gallery spaces. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to book ahead. Contact Learning Programs at 215.746.6774. Free with Museum General Admission. Related program: World Wonders at 11:00 am. After each Storytime Expeditions program, children ages 5-13 and their chaperones or families may participate in World Wonders, globally focused performances of music, dance, theater, science programs, and more. Space is limited. Groups of 10 or more should book ahead by calling (215)746-6774.
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      Animus
    • Wednesday, August 2, 2017
    • Animus is an instrumental group who's sound combines culturally diverse musical concepts and traditions from ancient to modern alike. Primarily an Eastern Mediterranean/Middle Eastern/Latin/American fusion ensemble, the group also performs traditional Eastern Mediterranean/Middle Eastern music; their concerts often feature live dancers.
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      Sciencetellers: Pirates: Lost at Sea
    • Wednesday, August 2, 2017
    • Sciencetellers is an unprecedented theatrical learning experience crafted from a unique combination of interactive science experiments and original stories. Set sail on a thrilling action-packed adventure about a crew of quirky pirates marooned on a desert island. Throughout the story, explore the incredible science behind clouds, combustion, air pressure, scientific variables and more. World Wonders summer series features a globally focused lineup of performances geared toward children ages 5 to 13 and their families. This weekly morning program offers an extended opportunity to journey through various cultural traditions by way of music, dance, theater, science programs and more. No reservations are required for families but advance registration is suggested. Advance registration is required for groups of 10 or more. Contact Learning Programs at 215.746.6774. Free with Museum General Admission. Related program: Storytime Expeditions at 10:15 am. Before each World Wonders program, children ages 4-9 and their chaperones or families may participate in Storytime Expeditions, themed storybook readings and activities within the galleries. Each week's Storytime Expedition is designed to complement the themes of the kid-friendly World Wonders programs. Space is limited. Groups of 10 or more should book ahead by calling (215)746-6774.
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      Storytime Expedition: Pompeii: Lost & Found
    • Wednesday, August 2, 2017
    • Glimpse the daily life of Ancient Romans before the destructive eruption of Mount Vesuvius, and learn about the archeological discoveries that help us piece together this incredible story. Mary Pope Osbourne's words are illustrated by Christensen in the style of the ancient frescoes found at Pompeii. This story complements the World Wonders: Sciencetellers Presents Pirates: Lost at Sea program. Storytime Expeditions summer series features storybooks and touchable artifacts specially selected to introduce young readers to cultural themes and traditions represented in our museum galleries. This hands-on learning opportunity not only broadens world cultural knowledge, but also establishes basic museum literacy and critical thinking skills. This program is designed for children between the ages of 4 and 8. No reservations are required, but space is limited due to the nature of the gallery spaces. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to book ahead. Contact Learning Programs at 215.746.6774. Free with Museum General Admission. Related program: World Wonders at 11:00 am. After each Storytime Expeditions program, children ages 5-13 and their chaperones or families may participate in World Wonders, globally focused performances of music, dance, theater, science programs, and more. Space is limited. Groups of 10 or more should book ahead by calling (215)746-6774.
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      Ensemble Novo
    • Wednesday, August 9, 2017
    • Philadelphia's Ensemble Novo is a six-piece band inspired by the music of Brazil.
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      Egyptian Mummy Makers
    • Wednesday, August 9, 2017
    • Ever wonder how and why the ancient Egyptians mummified their dead? Learn how to be an ancient Egyptian embalmer and prepare Mr. Ulysses Penn for his journey to the afterlife! Using fabricated mummies, explore mummification through each step of the process, including brain removal, evisceration, desiccation, and wrapping. This workshop is demonstration based and uses life-like mummies. World Wonders summer series features a globally focused lineup of performances geared toward children ages 5 to 13 and their families. This weekly morning program offers an extended opportunity to journey through various cultural traditions by way of music, dance, theater, science programs and more. No reservations are required for families but advance registration is suggested. Advance registration is required for groups of 10 or more. Contact Learning Programs at 215.746.6774. Free with Museum General Admission. Related program: Storytime Expeditions at 10:15 am. Before each World Wonders program, children ages 4-9 and their chaperones or families may participate in Storytime Expeditions, themed storybook readings and activities within the galleries. Each week's Storytime Expedition is designed to complement the themes of the kid-friendly World Wonders programs. Space is limited. Groups of 10 or more should book ahead by calling (215)746-6774.
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      Storytime Expedition: The Little Blue Hippo: A Children's Story Inspired by Egyptian Art
    • Wednesday, August 9, 2017
    • Travel back to a time when blue hippos called the Nile home and follow Little Hippo on his journey from his friend's Ancient Egyptian tomb all the way to the Louvre museum in France. This story complements the World Wonders: Egyptian Mummy Makers program. Storytime Expeditions summer series features storybooks and touchable artifacts specially selected to introduce young readers to cultural themes and traditions represented in our museum galleries. This hands-on learning opportunity not only broadens world cultural knowledge, but also establishes basic museum literacy and critical thinking skills. This program is designed for children between the ages of 4 and 8. No reservations are required, but space is limited due to the nature of the gallery spaces. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to book ahead. Contact Learning Programs at 215.746.6774. Free with Museum General Admission. Related program: World Wonders at 11:00 am. After each Storytime Expeditions program, children ages 5-13 and their chaperones or families may participate in World Wonders, globally focused performances of music, dance, theater, science programs, and more. Space is limited. Groups of 10 or more should book ahead by calling (215)746-6774.
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      The Kyle Lacy Band
    • Wednesday, August 16, 2017
    • The Kyle Lacy Band takes you home to the roots of 1950's rock 'n' roll while creating something new. Armed with an elegantly raucous voice, a 50's grit guitar style and a keen knack for "in the moment" lyrical honesty, Kyle uses his hepcat showmanship to keep his audience grooving down to the last beat.
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      The Franklin Institute: Motion & Machines
    • Wednesday, August 16, 2017
    • Roll, slide, and spin! Investigate the basic physics of motion in this interactive show. Explore architecture through time and across cultures and learn Newton's Laws of Motion. Witness these laws in action in a lever, pulley, and student-driven hover car. World Wonders summer series features a globally focused lineup of performances geared toward children ages 5 to 13 and their families. This weekly morning program offers an extended opportunity to journey through various cultural traditions by way of music, dance, theater, science programs and more. No reservations are required for families but advance registration is suggested. Advance registration is required for groups of 10 or more. Contact Learning Programs at 215.746.6774. Free with Museum General Admission. Related program: Storytime Expeditions at 10:15 am. Before each World Wonders program, children ages 4-9 and their chaperones or families may participate in Storytime Expeditions, themed storybook readings and activities within the galleries. Each week's Storytime Expedition is designed to complement the themes of the kid-friendly World Wonders programs. Space is limited. Groups of 10 or more should book ahead by calling (215)746-6774.
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      Storytime Expedition: D is for Dancing Dragon
    • Wednesday, August 16, 2017
    • This alphabet book brings China's history and culture to life, detailing a different example of its unique customs, art works, music, foods, geography, wildlife, and inventions on every page. This story complements the World Wonders: The Franklin Institute Presents Motion and Machines. Storytime Expeditions summer series features storybooks and touchable artifacts specially selected to introduce young readers to cultural themes and traditions represented in our museum galleries. This hands-on learning opportunity not only broadens world cultural knowledge, but also establishes basic museum literacy and critical thinking skills. This program is designed for children between the ages of 4 and 8. No reservations are required, but space is limited due to the nature of the gallery spaces. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to book ahead. Contact Learning Programs at 215.746.6774. Free with Museum General Admission. Related program: World Wonders at 11:00 am. After each Storytime Expeditions program, children ages 5-13 and their chaperones or families may participate in World Wonders, globally focused performances of music, dance, theater, science programs, and more. Space is limited. Groups of 10 or more should book ahead by calling (215)746-6774.
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      Trinidelphia
    • Wednesday, August 23, 2017
    • Trinidelphia has been pleasing local audiences since 2005 with a perfect combination of American and Caribbean styles.
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      Gretchen Elise Band
    • Wednesday, August 30, 2017
    • Gretchen Elise's vibrant sound is a blend of jazz, neo-soul, Caribbean and Brazilian music, hip-hop grooves and European dance beats.
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      Farah Siraj
    • Wednesday, September 6, 2017
    • Named Jordan's Musical Ambassadress, Jordanian virtuoso Farah Siraj balances a career that spans the United States, Europe and the Middle East. She has performed at some of the world's most prestigious platforms, including the United Nations, Nobel Prize Hall, the World Economic Forum, The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Lincoln Center in New York, and at MTV, Coke Studio, the TV show "Good Morning Live" in the U.S., MBC TV in the Middle East and the Antena de Oro Awards of Spain. Siraj has also performed before King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan, King Juan Carlos of Spain, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. In addition, Siraj represents Jordan annually on United Nations World Peace Day. Her latest album, "Dunya," which means ‘World,' was released in 2014. To this date, she has toured the Middle East, Europe, India, South America and the United States, spreading the message of peace through her music.
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