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December 4, 2012

Penn Museum To Celebrate Its 125th Anniversary Thursday, December 6 With A 12-Hour Open House: Free Admission And Treats, Gallery Talks, Flashlight Tours And More

125 years to the day that marks its founding, the Penn Museum is celebrating with a completely free community Open House from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on Thursday, December 6. Huzzah! (Photo courtesy Penn Museum)

Happy 125th Birthday, Penn Museum!

One of Philadelphia’s most treasured institutions is celebrating a century and a quarter this Thursday, December 6, with an all-day open house — including free admission for all.

If you enjoy adding obscure tricks to your life toolbox, it might be time to consider adding mummy preservation to the list. During the open house, project conservator Molly Gleeson will present “Inside the Artifact Lab: Conserving Egyptian Mummies.”

But if lab instruments and ancient corpses aren’t your style, treat yourself to some lighter fare in the Pepper Mill Café with complimentary hot apple cider and cookies throughout the day.

Meet and greet with museum curators and educators throughout the museum’s many galleries until nightfall, when Penn graduate students will take over with flashlight tours of the various collections.

With twelve hours of history to explore, it’s probably the closest you’ll ever get to being Marty McFly.

Be sure to check out the museum’s impressive Maya exhibition while you’re there; it could be your last chance before the world ends…

Check out the full Open House schedule online.

Penn Museum’s 125th Anniversary: 12-Hour Open House
When: Thursday, December 6, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Where: 3260 South Street
Cost: Free; $10.50 for access to Maya:2012
More info: www.penn.museum

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