Green and Sustainable Day at the Penn Museum

The City of Philadelphia plans to reopen the South Street Bridge—closed since fall 2008—on Saturday afternoon, November 6. The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, just down the road at 3260 South Street, celebrates with a “green” day for visitors: half-price admission to everyone on both sides of the bridge who visits that day–without benefit of a car! The first 100 “green” guests receive a sleek metal Penn Museum water bottle (refillable for the trip back home).

“You can walk on over, you can jog on over, ride your bike (helmets, please), take a bike taxi, catch a SEPTA bus, subway, trolley or the regional rail-just come to the Penn Museum in a green and sustainable way, and we’ll welcome you in at half the price of our regular admission to enjoy our galleries and ‘travel the world’,” said Richard Hodges, the Williams Director.

Penn Museum is open Saturday, November 6 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Regular admission donation is $10 for adults; $7 for senior citizens (65 and above); $6 children (6 to 17) and full-time students with ID; free to Members, PennCard holders, and children 5 and younger. “Green” visitors will enjoy $5 admission; $3.50 for senior citizens, and $3 for children and full-time college students.

Visitors to the “Green and Sustainable Day” need only show their SEPTA return token, weekly or monthly pass, or a bicycle helmet (the Museum has just added new bike racks at the main entrance, to complement the racks on the east side of the building) for half-price admission. Philadelphia is a great walking city, and walkers can show a photo ID/postmarked letter indicating home zip code (all reasonable “walks” will be honored!)

A bike taxi from velo-parkcabs, new to Philadelphia, joins in on the celebration: Penn Museum guests can check out a velo-parkcab as it pulls in to the Stoner Courtyard, or take a complementary short ride on South Street (first come first served), between 1:00 and 4:00 pm. PECO joins with its “Smart Ideas” outreach team, offering information about ways to cut back on home energy use-and save money.

Also in honor of the day, the Museum offers an interactive station with an opportunity to explore “Woodland Indians Relationship with Nature” from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Penn Museum’s new Pepper Mill Café—which features fresh local foods, organic choices and other sustainable options—joins in on the celebration, with sustainable lunch and snack options at a 10% discount. In the Museum Shop, Penn Museum eco-tote shopping bags, regularly $3.99 each, will be 20% off Saturday, and Penn Museum backpacks, regularly $30, are on sale for $15.

For those who discover the walk can do them good, the Museum invites them to enjoy free admission on November 6, and the entire year, by purchasing a Museum membership at any level. Members at the Individual level and above enjoy one or more free tickets to Secrets of the Silk Road, (February 5 through June 5, 2011) an east coast exclusive exhibition, featuring the best preserved mummies ever excavated, plus extraordinary ancient artifacts from half way around the world, never before seen in America.

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The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 400 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, the Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind’s collective heritage.

Penn Museum is located at 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (on Penn’s campus, across from Franklin Field). Public transportation to the museum is available via SEPTA’s Regional Rail Line at University City Station; the Market-Frankford Subway Line at 34th Street Station; trolley routes 11, 13, 34 and 36; and bus routes 12, 21, 30, 40 and 42. Museum hours are Tuesday and Thursday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Wednesday, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, with P.M. @ PENN MUSEUM evening programs offered weekly. Closed Mondays and holidays. Hot and cold meals and light refreshments are offered visitors with or without Museum admission in The Pepper Mill Café; the Museum Shop and Pyramid Shop for Children offer a wide selection of gifts, books, games, clothing and jewelry.

Penn Museum can be found on the web at

For general information call (215) 898-4000. For group tour information call (215) 746-8183.

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