Past Events

Monday, February 7, 2022 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Virtual Event - Penn Museum

 My Lord, What a Morning is a gentle and engrossing memoir, abounding with the tender and inspiring stories of Marian Anderson's life in her own modest words. From her humble but proud beginnings in South Philadelphia to international vocal renown, the legendary contralto writes of triumph and adversity, of being grounded in faith and surrounded by family, and of the music that shaped her career.

Saturday, February 5, 2022 - 1:00pm - Sunday, May 1, 2022 - 3:00pm

Philadelphia, PA- For more than 5,000 years, tattoos have helped document the history of humanity one painful mark at a time. Tattoo: Identity Through Ink tells the story of why people have adorned their bodies with tattoos, from practices in Indigenous cultures to sailors in the 19th century to motorcycle gangs in the 1960s, to athletes and celebrities today. 

Saturday, February 5, 2022 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

The theme for our February Open House is all about botany! A lesson on botanical illustration (appropriate for all ages) will be offered in our historic lecture hall, and our Exhibition Hall will highlight historical botanists such as Dr. Marie Taylor, and have special plant-themed activities for our younger visitors! Weather permitting, the teaching garden will be open for a Bark & Buds tree ID activity. Plus, pick up a free book from Tree House Books' traveling Bookmobile.

Friday, February 4, 2022 - 11:59pm

 Each year the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia presents the Preservation Achievement Awards to a select group of individuals, organizations and businesses for projects from throughout the region which exemplify outstanding achievement in the field of historic preservation.

Friday, February 4, 2022 - 8:00pm

New York City’s Jazz Gallery has nurtured generations of jazz stars over the past 25 years, many who boast Grammy® Awards, MacArthur Fellowships and top competition prizes. Now, eight of its leading creative voices come together to celebrate this ongoing legacy. Join saxophonists Miguel Zenón and Morgan Guerin, vibraphonist Joel Ross, guitarist Charles Altura, pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Linda Oh, drummer Kendrick Scott and guest vocalist Renee Neufville for an evening of original compositions and some favorites by The Jazz Gallery founder, Roy Hargrove. 

Friday, February 4, 2022 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday, February 4, 2022 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Haverford College Professor of Fine Arts, William Williams, and Sean O’Rourke, co-author of Philadelphia Portraits of a City discuss the creation of the book.

Come early to see the exhibition before the event as part of the Athenaeum's First Friday evening!

Refreshments served 5:00-6:00pm. Book signing to follow.

About William Williams:

Friday, February 4, 2022 - Sunday, May 8, 2022

Rube Goldberg™: The World of Hilarious Invention! Exhibit comes to the Museum February 4! Inspired by Rube’s original illustrations, the exhibit contains a collection of new 3D, life-size machines. Visitors can activate and create crazy chain-reaction contraptions that use everyday objects to complete simple tasks in the most overcomplicated, inefficient and hilarious ways possible.

Thursday, February 3, 2022 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Wednesday, February 2, 2022 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Online Event!

Renaissance Man Reloaded – A Tribute to Paul Robeson

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 - 12:00pm

Advance registration is required for visitors, who must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.​ In addition, visitors are required to complete PennOpen Campus screening on the day of the event, before arriving on campus.

If you are a Penn student, faculty member, or staff member, you do not need to register in advance. You will be admitted using your PennCard.

Tuesday, February 1, 2022 - 7:00pm

 This program will focus on the lives and service of over 480 Black or African American soldiers from North Carolina during the American Revolution. Based on my 2020 masters thesis, I will explore their motivations, service, pre and post-war lives, and the legacy they created. I will provide many statistical or demographic figures at look at a few representative individuals. I intend to demonstrate both how they affected the war, and how their service affected themselves and their families.

Sunday, January 30, 2022 - 7:00pm

Join us for our virtual book club meeting on Chapter 2 of Our Stories on Sunday, January 30 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT.

You'll hear directly from chapter authors and those with personal connections to the stories in the book, including:

Sunday, January 30, 2022 - 3:00pm
Sunday, January 30, 2022 - 2:30pm - 3:00pm

Join us in celebrating Lunar New Year at PTM with the Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers! KYL/D provide programming focused on Chinese cultural traditions. Experience Chinese classical dance and folk dance, and learn about Chinese culture, movement, and language. Performances will be held at 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on January 30.

Friday, January 28, 2022 - 8:00pm
Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm


Presented on Zoom

Join us for an Artist Talk with Vikesh Kapoor as he discusses his work and his solo exhibition, awarded from The Print Center’s 96th ANNUAL International Competition.

Monday, January 24, 2022 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Virtual Only! 

Mr. Haywood will be an artist in residence at SJU for December-January 2022 in partnership with Global Philadelphia to paint a mural on the Post Learning Commons building. This is the opportunity for the SJU community to learn about the mural and ask questions of the artist.

Sunday, January 23, 2022 (All day)

With this exhortation, Richard Benson encouraged his students to explore one of photography’s core functions: recording things and events in the world. He wanted them to step out of their own mindsets and grapple with the many challenges—material, physical, and conceptual—encountered when making anything. It is precisely how Benson approached his own art. This exhibition surveys nearly fifty years of his photography, a wide-ranging body of work that reflects his humility and boundless curiosity about the world.

Saturday, January 22, 2022 (All day)

Join us for a one-day program in honor of National Rubber Ducky Day! Spot some giant rubber duckies around the museum, design a rubber ducky disguise in Creative Arts Studio, and explore our "duck pond" — aka River Adventures, which will be filled with rubber duckies of all shapes and styles. Don't forget to wear yellow!