Smithsonian Museum Day at the Penn Museum
Saturday, April 4, 2020 is Smithsonian Museum Day and the Penn Museum (located across the street from Franklin Field) is one of several museums across the tri-state area that's offering FREE ADMISSION. Hours: 10:00 am-5:00 pm.
A “must see” destination in the City of Philadelphia, the Penn Museum invites you to explore Ancient Egypt, Rome, Greece, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Mexico, and Central America—to find your own place in the arc of human history.
Featuring a brand new, light-filled Main Entrance Hall that shines the spotlight on the 12.5-ton red granite Sphinx of the Pharaoh Ramses II (one of the city's top cultural attractions since its arrival in 1913), the Penn Museum houses 10,000 years of history from across the globe—and it’s all conveniently located right across the street from Franklin Field.
With a wide variety of public programs, the Penn Museum offers events all year long that are included with admission: from the Daily Dig (a 15-minute pop-up talk that allows guests to “dig a little deeper” into one object in the collections) and CultureFest! cultural celebrations to its Second Sunday Culture Films series and special gallery tours with Global Guides—immigrants and refugees who lead hour-long adventures with a “human touch,” sharing their own personal perspectives from living in Africa, Mexico, Central America, Iraq, or Syria.
Other events include public lectures, intimate conversations with Museum curators and keepers over coffee in the Museum Café, and private tours, such as Ancient Alcohol: A Tale of Bygone Booze, the Secret Life of Pets in the Ancient World, or Queens, Warriors, and Archaeologists: Women at the Penn Museum.
Open to everyone, the Penn Museum is housed in a dynamic eclectic building that’s surrounded by outdoor public gardens, fountains, and a koi pond that provides a peaceful urban oasis.