Penn Museum announces Imagine Africa Free Community Day September 15

Africa and the African diaspora take center stage on Saturday, September 15, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm, when the Penn Museum offers a free community afternoon featuring African storytelling and African safari face painting, African drum and African American hip hop dance workshops, and an Afro-Latino focused new film screening, one year after the opening of the Imagine Africa with the Penn Museum gallery project. West Philadelphia Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, the Paul Robeson House Museum in West Philadelphia, and Philadelphia radio station 100.3 WRNB sponsor the free afternoon, with on air personality Lady B on site at the Penn Museum between 12:00 and 2:00 pm.

While a host of special activities run from 1:00 to 4:30 pm, the Penn Museum opens its doors free to the community for the entire day (10:00 am to 5:00 pm), with plenty of time to explore the Imagine Africa with the Penn Museum gallery project, as well as the African Gallery, the ancient Egyptian Galleries, and beyond.

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 select Wednesdays. Closed Mondays and holidays. Admission donation is $12 for adults; $10 for senior citizens (65 and above); $10 for U.S. Military; $8 for children (6 to 17) and full-time students with ID; free to Members, PennCard holders, and children 5 and younger; “pay-what-you-want” the last hour before closing. Hot and cold meals and light refreshments are offered to 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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