March at the Penn Museum offers public lectures, activities, tours, and parties for adventurers of all ages, including those 21 and over.
Here are the Top Five things to do this month:
- Wednesday, March 4, 2020 6:00–7:00 pm
Spit Spreads Death: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919 in Philadelphia – As the nation grows worrisome about the Coronavirus, there are lessons that can be learned from pandemics of the past. When the flu hit Philadelphia in 1918, it killed more than 16,000 people in less than two months. Robert D. Hicks, Director of the Mütter Museum, will discuss this historic tragedy during the Penn Museum’s Great Lecture Series: Great Catastrophes. $10.
- Tuesday, March 10, 2020 6:00–7:00 pm
Queens, Warriors, and Archaeologists: Women of the Penn Museum Tour – Shining a spotlight on women in archaeology and anthropology who were often invisible in the past, this tour traces the stories of women who have excavated ancient sites and translated undeciphered scripts. As a part of the Museum’s celebration of Women’s History Month, this tour will also be offered on Saturday, March 21 at 11:00 am. $20.
- Thursday, March 12, 2020 6:00–10:00 pm
Purim, or the Feast of Lots, is a joyous holiday that recounts the protection of Jewish peoples from a threatened massacre during the Persian period, but today is often considered a feminist holiday. This year, the Penn Museum celebrates with Purim: Party Like a Queen, featuring a Yaaaassss Queen scavenger hunt, music, a photo booth, pop-up drag queen performances, and a costume contest hosted by Mr. Philadelphia Leather (2019). It’s also a chance to give back through a donation drive for the Gloria Casarez Residence, an LGBTQ+ young-adult community housing space, which has requested donations of body soap, toilet paper, toothpaste, and other essentials. $12.
- Wednesday, March 18, 2020 6:30–8:30 pm
¡Conexiones! Mexico – Orchestra 2001 offers 20th- and 21st-century Mexican classical performances featuring marimbas (the national instrument of Guatemala), spirited winds, strings, and percussion. Orchestra 2001 will perform “Xochipilli” (Aztec music) by master composer Carlos Chávez; “Rios: Papaloapan” by Gabriela Ortiz, Mexico’s leading composer; Silvestre Revueltas’ “Ocho por Radio,” which incorporates folk influences like mariachi; and Francisco Cortés-Álvarez’s “Transcending Walls.” Starting at 5:15 pm before the performance or during intermission, attendees can take a brief tour of the new Mexico and Central America Gallery. $25 all ages. Cash bar available.
- Sunday, March 28, 2020 10:00 am–5:00 pm
CultureFest! Nowruz – Nowruz, or “new day” in Persian, is an ancient festival that marks the start of spring. Celebrate the Persian New Year with cultural performances, art-making, tours, storytelling, hands-on workshops, and a Persian bazaar, to learn about Nowruz and how it’s observed by people across the globe. Presented in partnership with Shabahang Iranian Cultural Society of America, all CultureFest! activities are included with Museum admission.