March 13, 2009
I will not open with the ‘it’s a bird, it’s a plane’ bit. But a lesser man might, because superheroes, super villains, and their sidekicks are going to invade the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology on Sunday, March 22.
And, oh, I can see the kids going crazy for this already. I am too, but that is neither here nor there.
WOW! Superhero Day, free with Museum admission donation, features activities for all ages: heroic lectures and programs, comic book drawing classes, superhero-style storytelling, a heroic scavenger hunt and gallery tours, a superhero marketplace with games and comics, opportunities to learn and play popular superhero games and a lot more. All costumed superheroes and super villains receive discount admission — $2 off adult; $1 off children and senior citizens — the chance to win prizes and the admiration of your peers everywhere.
Three short programs will focus on superheroes, too. Peter Struck, a Penn associate professor of classical studies, will look back in time at “Ancient Heroes and Superheroes” at 1:15 p.m. “Costumed Culture Warriors” is a short program featuring movie clips by Dr. Andrew J. Douglas, the director of education at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, at 2:00 p.m. “The Physics of Superheroes, or Why Can’t We All Ignore the Laws of Nature?” an interactive program by Bill Berner, Penn physics demonstration laboratory coordinator, takes a scientific view of the possible and impossible feats performed by a range of well-known superheroes at 3:00 p.m.
The Penn Museum, founded in 1887, also features its galleries and cultural material from ancient Egypt and the Mediterranean wold, and elsewhere around the world, which are already full of ancient superheroes and super villans. There’s much more, so see here for other details.
With that many super heroes, it just might be the safest place in town.
WOW! Superhero Day
Sunday, March 22, 1:00 to 4:00 P.M.
3260 South Street, University City, Philadelphia