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Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies Opens Sept. 30

This looks like a great trip for the whole family and starts at the end of this month!

Take a rare and exciting look at the life of dinosaurs through their eggs, nests and embryos in Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies opening Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

 

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Take a rare look at dinosaurs through their eggs, nest and a “petting zoo” in Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies, Sept. 30, 2017–Jan. 15, 2018.
Credit: Florence Magovern

 

Tiny Titans, presented in both Spanish and English, showcases an amazing array of authentic fossilized dinosaur eggs and nests collected from around the world, including those of each of the major plant- and meat-eating dinosaur groups. Visitors will learn of recent discoveries about dinosaur reproduction and behavior and about the fascinating people and science behind these discoveries.

 

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Real dinosaur eggs collected from different parts of the world and rich wall panels in Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies.
Credit: Florence Magovern

 

A captivating experience for children and adults, Tiny Titans invites visitors to:

  • Touch a real dinosaur bone and cast nests, one more than eight feet in diameter.
  • Dig for dinosaur eggs in interactive dig pits.
  • Dress up and be a dinosaur parent protecting its nest of eggs.
  • Get up close with exciting lifelike models of embryos and hatchlings.
  • View stunning murals and videos featuring prominent dinosaur experts.

 

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Kids dress up as their favorite dinosaur in Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies, Sept. 30-Jan. 15, 2018.
Credit: Luis V. Rey

 

Tiny Titans will be on view at Philadelphia’s dinosaur museum through Monday, Jan. 15.

For the opening weekend, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, visitors will be treated to shows and gallery encounters with the Academy’s live birds and reptiles. That’s because birds and reptiles are the dinosaurs’ closest relatives. Rosebud, the Therapy Chicken (she has her own Facebook page!) will demonstrate how she  brings comfort to those in need at schools, nursing homes and rehab centers.

On both Saturday and Sunday, visitors also will be able to touch fossilized dinosaur egg fragments, walk on eggshells, and make a dinosaur egg to take home.

 

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Beautiful realistic dinosaur murals and a baby dinosaur to pet bring the creatures to life in Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies.
Credit: Florence Magovern

 

“There is no experience as magical as touching a dinosaur egg,” said Jennifer Sontchi, senior director of exhibits and public spaces. “Imagine the baby dinosaur that hatched from it millions of years ago!”

Tiny Titans gives credence to what is now widely accepted among scientists: that dinosaurs and birds are closely related. Each science-rich section is enhanced with lifelike models of embryos and hatchlings and colorful illustrations of dinosaur families.

 

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Rock sliced open to reveal 11 theropod eggs, most likely Oviraptor and most likely laid in pairs. Scientists aren’t sure why the one pair is smaller than the others.
Credit: Florence Magovern

 

The collection of real fossils includes an authentic bowling ball-size egg of a sauropod from Argentina that was laid by a long-necked, plant-eating titanosaur that lived 75 million years ago. Visitors also will see a large cluster of eggs laid by a duck-billed, plant-eating dinosaur, and the longest dinosaur eggs ever discovered—almost 18 inches long—laid by a new giant species of Oviraptor, a carnivorous, ostrich-like dinosaur.

A central feature of the multi-media experience is a presentation about the discovery of “Baby Louie,” the nearly complete skeleton of a dinosaur embryo with its bones aligned in the proper position. The embryo, discovered in China in 1993, was nicknamed “Baby Louie” after photojournalist Louie Psihoyos who photographed it for National Geographic. In May 2017 it finally received an official name with the publication of a study in the journal Nature Communications: Beibeilong sinensis, or “baby dragon from China.”

Some of the real dinosaur eggs featured in that May 1996 issue will also be on display in this exhibit.

Tiny Titans was organized in association with the Harvard Museum of Natural History, The University of Tennessee, and the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. For discount tickets, visit ansp.org.

 

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A group of Psittacosaur cast skeletons, five juveniles with an adult.
Credit: Florence Magovern

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Squishy, Stinky, Slimy Fun Starts May 16 with Animal Grossology at the Academy of Natural Sciences

PHILADELPHIA (April 13, 2015) Oozing with disgusting science, Animal Grossology provides a slight off-kilter view of the animal kingdom starting Saturday, May 16, with its grand opening at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Get ready to be totally en-GROSS-ed!

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Based on the best-selling Grossology children’s book series by Sylvia Branzei, Animal Grossology is packed with hands-on fun that celebrates those yucky topics moms warn their kids not to discuss at the dinner table. Featuring sophisticated animatronics and imaginative animal characters, the exhibit introduces scientific concepts in ways that will make some kids giggle and others say “Ew, gross!”

“A lot of what we think is disgusting in animals is normal, and it’s super important for their role in nature,” said Mary Bailey, the Academy’s special exhibits education coordinator. “For example, we may think it’s disgusting that dung beetles collect elephant poop and eat it. But if they didn’t do that, there would be poop everywhere!”

Animal Grossology offers a fresh take on some of the more disgusting things animals do and engages visitors in how blood, vomit, pellets, dookie, and slime can be fun, funky and even fascinating. Visitors will:

  • See larger-than-life bloodsuckers and learn where they store blood in their bodies.
  • Learn why a cat’s anatomy is the reason why cats spit up hairballs.
  • Unravel the mystery of the incredible tapeworm.
  • Discover how snail and slug slime may lead to a treatment for cystic fibrosis.
  • Find out why cows chew cud.

In addition to the exhibit, educators at the Academy’s Carts of Curiosity will engage visitors with live animals and animal products with gross origins (honey, silk, perfume and a type of coffee made from a certain animal feces). On most Wednesdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., visitors will be able to witness the dissection of a worm, squid, urchin, or eye of a cow.

Sound over the top? Bailey assures that it’s all presented in tasteful and entertaining ways that families can enjoy and learn from at the same time.

“Some people think it’s gross that slugs have a slime trail, but they’ll learn that the slime helps them move around and find each other,” Bailey said. “Slugs are an important food source for other animals.”

Animal Grossology is on view through Aug. 30. Tickets may be purchased online at ansp.org.

GROSSOLOGY Exhibition is produced by Advanced Animations LLC. GROSSOLOGY is a registered trademark of Penguin Group (USA) LLC.

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Summer Camp Events at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Inspecting a shark jaw during Academy Explorers Camp. Credit: Hollie Barattolo/ANSP

Inspecting a shark jaw during Academy Explorers Camp.
Credit: Hollie Barattolo/ANSP

PHILADELPHIA (February 24, 2015) — Summer is a great time to explore nature, and Bug Fest, summer camp and an exhibit about the squishiest, stinkiest, slimiest creatures on Earth offer some wonderful ways to do that at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

Bug Fest, Aug. 8 and 9, is the Academy’s most popular festival and features hundreds of live insects, hands-on family activities, discussions with Academy entomologists, and the chance to taste some creepy crawlies, which are actually nutritious.

The new Animal Grossology exhibit delves into the squishy, stinky, slimy habits of the animal kingdom. From poop to pellets and scales to hairballs, the exhibit celebrates all the things that can’t be discussed at the dinner table.

And there’s more. For details and updates about the following programs, please visit ansp.org.

Museum admission can be purchased in advance at http://ansp.org/visit/plan/tickets/.

Animal Grossology

May 16–August 30

Special Exhibits Gallery

Experience the squishiest, stinkiest and slimiest creatures on Earth in Animal Grossology at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Based on the best-selling children’s book series Grossology by Sylvia Branzei, this exhibit oozes with disgusting science and entertaining hands-on learning games. Find out why cows chew cud and how snail and slug slime could lead to a treatment for cystic fibrosis. From poop to pellets and scales to hairballs, celebrate all the things that can’t be discussed at the dinner table. Fee in addition to regular museum admission.

Clearly Beautiful: Photographs by Adam Summers
June 6–October 4

Art of Science Gallery

The large, revealing images of Clearly Beautiful: Photographs by Adam Summers depict the striking results of a common method of studying animal anatomy called clearing and staining. To achieve the beautifully detailed inner skeletal tissues of fish, the photographer, University of Washington biology professor Adam Summers, soaked the specimens in different dyes and enzymes, rendering the soft tissues transparent and the harder tissues deep blue and crimson. Each step of the process is described and illustrated through more photographs and fish specimens from the collection of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Free with regular museum admission.

Tapping Our Watershed

Monday, June 15, 6 p.m.

National Mechanics, 22 South 3rd St., Philadelphia

 

In this informal science café, Tom Davidock, senior coordinator for the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, will discuss “Protecting the Delaware Estuary One Beer at a Time: How Creative Partnerships with Breweries Are Helping Keep Our Water Clean.” The monthly Tapping Our Watershed is free and is organized by the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Talks are for people age 21 and older; those under 21 must be accompanied by a chaperone who is at least 25.

Academy Explorers Camp

Monday–Friday, July and August, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Academy Explorers Camp at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University offers children ages 5–12 a unique, fun and engaging experience. Each week of camp explores an exciting new theme and features an off-site field trip, plus all the museum has to offer—from dinosaurs to preserved specimens to live animals. For details, visit ansp.org or call 215-299-1060.

Camp Dates and Topics

 

July 6–10 Animal Inventions

Tap into your inner inventor as you observe nature and design something new inspired by animal attributes.

July 13–17 Inside-Out

Discover what makes animals (including you) tick, and figure out how bones, organs, blood and guts work together.

 

July 20–24 The World of T. rex

Travel back in time to explore the world of Tyrannosaurus rex and meet the live descendants of these ancient beasts.

 

July 27–31 Slimy Science

Wiggle with worms and squirm with salamanders to inspire your inner scientist with these icky, slimy experiments.

August 3–7 Dino-lympics

Join the feathered frenzy, challenge yourself and discover how well you’d measure up to the dinosaurs.

           

August 10–14 Bugstravaganza

Journey deep into the dirt and observe the world from a bug’s point of view. Get up close and personal with some real live creepy crawlies.

August 17–21 Behind the Scenes

Become the ultimate Academy insider. Explore the museum’s rarely seen collections, meet Academy scientists and try your hand at some seriously fun science.

 

August 24–28 Animal Grossology

Get a closer look at animals and the disgusting things they do. Learn how puke, poop and pellets can be fun, funky and fascinating.

Tiny Tot Explorers

Wednesdays, July 8–August 19, 11 a.m.noon

Tiny Tot Explorers is a program for 3 to 5 year olds and their favorite adults, where the littlest campers have the biggest fun. Each week participants discover an exciting new theme through games, crafts, songs and museum adventures. Register for a single session or the entire series. For details, visit ansp.org or call 215-299-1060.

Appreciation Day: Police, Firefighters and the Office of Emergency Management
Thursday, August 6, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

The Philadelphia Police Department, Fire Department and Office of Emergency Management have a special day of activities and presentations for visitors to the Academy of Natural Sciences on this day set aside to show appreciation for their bravery and service. Meet the men and women of these forces; get fire prevention tips; learn emergency preparedness; learn what it takes to become a police officer; meet McGruff the Crime Dog and more. For details, visit ansp.org.

 

Bug Fest

Saturday and Sunday, August 8 and 9, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Celebrate insects of all kinds—and taste a few—at the annual Bug Fest at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Cheer on a favorite cockroach in the Roach Race 500, talk with Academy entomologists, examine hundreds of live bugs up close, get your face painted, and enjoy other fun activities. Free with museum admission.

Philadelphia Geek Awards

Saturday, Aug. 15, Evening

The Philadelphia Geek Awards is an annual black-tie, red-carpet ceremony hosted by Geekadelphia and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. It honors geeks in the greater Philadelphia region who have made major contributions in their fields, including game developers, comic book artists, social media marketers, and others. Fee. Registration is required. For details, visit ansp.org and geekadelphia.com.

Academy Explorers Camp

Monday through Thursday, September 21–24, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

 

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is offering a special fall Academy Explorers Camp when schools are affected by the visit of Pope Francis. Academy Explorers Camp offers children ages 5–12 a unique, fun and engaging experience with science and the many exhibits the museum has to offer. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with optional before and after care.

For details, visit ansp.org or call 215-299-1060.

Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly

September 28, 2015–January 10, 2016

 

Get eyeball to eyeball with live deadly snakes, colorful lizards, bizarre turtles and rugged crocodilians from around the world at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Nestled in naturalistic habitats, these cold-blooded animals will help dispel common myths and foster a basic understanding of how reptiles fit into the animal kingdom and their native environments. Engaging, interactive components let visitors “milk” a viper, learn to speak croc in less than five minutes, and test their knowledge with Turtle Trivia and Lizard Wizard. Fee in addition to regular museum admission.

Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is a leading natural history museum dedicated to advancing research, education, and public engagement in biodiversity and environmental science.

 

HOURS: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. ADMISSION: $15.95 adults; $13.95 children 3-12, seniors, college students, and military personnel; free for members and children under 3. PHONE: 215-299-1000

 

THE ACADEMY OF NATURAL SCIENCES OF DREXEL UNIVERSITY 1900 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN PKWY PHILADELPHIA 19103

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Animal Grossology Exhibit Opens May 16 with Squishy Stinky Slimy Fun

PHILADELPHIA (Feb. 26, 2015) Oozing with disgusting science and interactive learning games, a new exhibit opening Saturday, May 16, at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University provides a unique perspective on the animal kingdom. Get ready to be totally en-GROSS-ed!

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Animal Grossology, on view through Aug. 30, celebrates topics mom says not to talk about at the dinner table. Featuring sophisticated animatronics and imaginative animated characters based on the best-selling Grossology children’s book series by Sylvia Branzei, the exhibit introduces scientific concepts in ways that will make some kids giggle and others say “Ew, gross!”

Animal Grossology offers a fresh take on some of the more disgusting things animals do and engages visitors in how blood, vomit, pellets, dookie and slime can be fun, funky and even fascinating.

  • See larger-than-life bloodsuckers and learn where they store blood in their bodies.
  • Learn why a cat’s anatomy is the reason why cats spit up hairballs.
  • Unravel the mystery of the incredible tapeworm.
  • Discover how snail and slug slime may lead to a treatment for cystic fibrosis.
  • Find out why cows chew cud.

“The best way to introduce young people to the wonder of biology is through play, laughter and fun.” said Academy Exhibits Senior Director Jennifer Sontchi. “The exhibit topics are presented in a colorful, bold and frank manner and provide a great entry point for a family discussion about fundamental science concepts. At the same time, nobody will be able to keep a straight face!”

There is a $5 fee to enter Animal Grossology in addition to regular admission. A $2 discount is available for tickets purchased online at ansp.org.

GROSSOLOGY Exhibition is produced by Advanced Animations LLC. GROSSOLOGY is a registered trademark of Penguin Group (USA) LLC.

Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is a leading natural history museum dedicated to advancing research, education, and public engagement in biodiversity and environmental science.

 

HOURS: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. ADMISSION: $15.95 adults; $13.95 children 3-12, seniors, college students, and military personnel; free for members and children under 3. PHONE: 215-299-1000

THE ACADEMY OF NATURAL SCIENCES OF DREXEL UNIVERSITY 1900 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN PARKWAY PHILADELPHIA PA 19103

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Penn Museum’s 26th Annual Celebration of African Cultures

Penn Museum’s 26th Annual Celebration of African Cultures
Saturday, February 28, 11:00am – 4:00 pm

PHILADEPHIA, PA—African melodies and moves, along with tales, proverbs, artifacts, crafts, and cuisine from cultural traditions spanning the African continent, come together at the Penn Museum’s annual Celebration of African Cultures on Saturday, February 28, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The festivities showcase acclaimed local artists and griots, including storyteller Queen Nur, Odunde 365, and the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble. The celebration is free with Museum admission donation ($15, general admission; $13, seniors [65+]; $10, children [6-17] and full-time students [with ID]; $2 ACCESS Card holders; free to children under 5, members, active U.S. Military, STAMP and PennCard holders).ACTIVITIES FROM REGIONAL PERSPECTIVES FOR CHILDREN AND ELDERS

West Africa

The Women’s Sekere Ensemble greets the day with the rhythms and tones of the sekere, a traditional Nigerian percussion instrument made from intricately beaded gourds, and an agogô, a bell with origins in traditional Yoruba music. Dedicated to the preservation of African music, the percussionists perform at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm.

Beginning at 1:30 pm, award-winning griot (storyteller) Queen Nur leads “Stories from the Motherland: An Interactive Storytelling Celebration,” accompanied by percussionist Yomi Jojolo. Queen Nur’s stories recall historical victories and celebrate folkloric traditions in a toe-tapping, hand-clapping experience. Guests can also learn traditional Nigerian folksongs during the presentation.Members of the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble offer a thrilling performance at 3:00 pm. The group, known for presentations representing Senegal, Mali, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, treats guests to an energetic finale.

North Africa

At 1:00 pm, Habiba, international belly dancer, demonstrates folkloric and classical belly dances of Morocco and Tunisia, such as the Raks al Juzur (Pot Dance) and Raks al Maharem (Scarf Dance). Tunisia, a North African country, has a richly mixed cultural heritage, including Phoenician, Berber, Roman, early Christian, Islamic, and Jewish elements. The Raks al Juzur dance comes from southern Tunisia and celebrates the region’s pottery industry. The dancer must balance a water jug on his or her head as the tempo of the music increases. The Raks al Maharem originated as a flirtatious dance before adopting patriotic overtones in support of the independence movement. The Tunisian style of belly dance concentrates on sharp hip twists and is performed by men and women. All guests are encouraged to try to learn how to shimmy, hip-drop, and undulate in this fun workshop.MANCALA, A MARKETPLACE AND MORE

Throughout the day visitors can learn to play the traditional “board” game mancala, which originated in West Africa. Today, the game is called warri in Barbados, conka in Indonesia, and Swahili-speaking cultures along the east coast of Africa play a complex variation called bao.  Guests are also invited to design a family craft with members of Odunde365.

An African mini-marketplace brings colorful textile prints, art, apparel, and wooden, leather, and bronze accessories available for purchase to the afternoon celebration.

Visitors can also stop by the Museum Shop to browse African-inspired and fair trade, African-made items.

The Pepper Mill Café also gets into the spirit, offering African-inspired afternoon snacks.

REFLECTION THROUGHOUT THE GALLERIES

“When you follow in the path of your father, you learn to walk like him.”
—Ashanti Proverb

Visitors young and young at heart can join an African Proverbs Family Gallery Tour of the Museum’s Africa Gallery to learn about the brass weights of different shapes and sizes designed to weigh gold—made by the Akan peoples of present-day Ghana and Ivory Coast—and learn about some of the proverbs represented by some of the weights. Tours depart every 15 minutes from 11:00 am until 12:30 pm.

The Africa Gallery features more than 300 objects from cultures throughout the continent, including masks, gold weights, textiles, sculpture, and musical instruments. The Museum also includes the Lower and Upper Egypt Galleries with Egyptian mummies, a 12-ton red granite Sphinx (the third largest Sphinx in the Western hemisphere), and architectural elements from the Palace of the Pharaoh Merenptah, all ca. 1200 BCE, as well as statuary and tomb materials from 5,000 years of Egyptian culture.

Annual Celebration of African Cultures 2015 Schedule

11:00 am – African Proverbs Family Gallery Tour (every 15 minutes until 12:30 pm)
11:30 am – Women’s Sekere Ensemble
1:00 pm – Tunisian and Moroccan Belly Dance Workshop with Habiba
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Craft station with Odunde365
1:30 pm – “Stories from the Motherland: An Interactive Storytelling Celebration” with Queen Nur and Yomi Jojolo
2:30 pm – Women’s Sekere Ensemble
3:00 pm – Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble and Finale

All Day Events
Mancala
African Marketplace and Museum Shop

Pepper Mill Café
Special African-inspired Snack Menu

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Explore Dinosaurs at Paleopalooza Feb. 14 and 15

Visitors to Paleopalooza enjoy touching a real fossil with the help of Academy Vertebrate Paleontology Collection Manager Ned Gilmore. Credit: Will Klein

Visitors to Paleopalooza enjoy touching a real fossil with the help of Academy Vertebrate Paleontology Collection Manager Ned Gilmore.
Credit: Will Klein

PHILADELPHIA (January 23, 2015) — Paleopalooza, a weekend festival featuring dinosaur fossils, paleo-illustration classes, engaging live animal shows and more, will take place Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 14 and 15, at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

Academy scientists will be on hand to show off rarely displayed Devonian fossils they collected in central Pennsylvania. Families can dig for real fossils to take home and get tips from a paleo-artist on how to draw a dinosaur. Buddy the T-rex, from the popular TV show Dinosaur Train!, and the Academy’s own Eddie the T. rex will be roaming the museum throughout the weekend.

Paleopalooza is free with museum admission and runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. The festival coincides with the opening weekend of the new exhibit Titanoboa: Monster Snake, about the largest snake that ever lived. Titanoboa will be on display through April 19.

Here are some more highlights of the fun activities to look for at Paleopalooza on both Saturday and Sunday. For more, visit ansp.org.

  • See a real duckbill dinosaur fresh from the field as it is prepared in the Fossil Prep Lab.
  • Dance to hip tunes by the Diggity Dudes band. Noon and 2 p.m.
  • Take a guided tour of Dinosaur Hall.10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.
  • Watch paleo-illustrator Jason Poole bring dinosaurs to life and try drawing your own dinosaur.
  • Make a dinosaur food chain and other paleo-perfect crafts to take home.
  • Enjoy four different live shows: “So you want to be a paleontologist?” at 11 a.m.; “Snakes Alive!” at 1 p.m.; “Old Bones, New Technologies,” with Drexel University Professor Kenneth Lacovara, who discovered Dreadnoughtus, at 2:30 p.m.; and “Birds of a Feather” at 3:30 p.m.
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Penn Museum Welcomes in the Year of the Sheep at the 34th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration

Penn Museum Welcomes in the Year of the Sheep
at the 34th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration

Saturday, January 31, 2015

SHEEP
1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015

According to Chinese tradition, people born in the year of the sheep are tender, wise, and polite, with an affinity for art and beauty, and a preference for quiet living. The zodiac foretells that these people should play sports, avoid eating too much greasy food, and set an aquarium in the western or northern side of their home to encourage wealth. Celebrities born in the year of the sheep include Thomas Edison, Muhammad Ali, Mick Jagger, Anderson Cooper, and Norristown native Maria Bello.

— from The Chinese Zodiac

PHILADELPHIA, PA—Help shepherd in the Year of the Sheep at the Penn Museum’s 34th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration on Saturday, January 31, 2015, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The daylong extravaganza features traditional music and dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, a special focus on Chinese health and wellness practices, calligraphy demonstrations, vegetable carving, family crafts and tours, even a Chinese marketplace. As always, the celebration concludes with a drum roll and a roar­—the grand finale lion dance. The celebration, one of the oldest in Philadelphia, is free with Museum admission donation ($15, general admission; $13, seniors [65+]; $10, children [6-17] and full-time students [with ID]; $2 ACCESS Card holders; free to children under 5, members, active U.S. Military, STAMP and PennCard holders).

CHINESE HEALTH AND WELLNESS

In recognition of the University of Pennsylvania’s Year of Health, this year’s celebration offers several opportunities to connect with Chinese health and wellness practices and philosophies. Beginning at 11:45 am, Dr. Jun Mao, Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and an expert on the integration of complementary and alternative medicine, speaks about the science and art of acupuncture. Throughout the day, guests are invited to receive personal natural health consultations with Dr. Qingyao Shi, a licensed acupuncturist, and Doctor of Oriental Medicine at Acupuncture Medical Practice. Screenings include pulse checks, as well as energy and meridian evaluations to assess qi, the body’s self-healing ability.

DANCE PERFORMANCES AND MORE

Other special presentations throughout the day bring the sights, sounds, and wonders of China to the Museum in time to join the nearly one-sixth of the world’s population in celebrating the traditional Chinese New Year from February 19 to March 6, 2015.

From 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Philadelphia’s renowned Master Chef Joseph Poon, presents his fruit and vegetable carving techniques, such as sculpting a watermelon rind into Elvis Presley’s likeness or creating a lemon pig, in an interactive and energetic demonstration.

The Greater Philadelphia Minghui School performs choreography highlighting the ethnic diversity of Chinese dance at 11:30am. The dance showcase continues at 1:30 pm, featuring the award-winning Great Wall Chinese School Little Mulan Dance Troupe’s performance of traditional and folk dances of China, and the Penn Chinese Dance Club’s Chinese classical dance with long sleeves and folk dance with fans.

In China, tai chi is categorized as a martial art applied with internal power. Focusing the mind solely on the movements of the form helps to bring about a state of mental calm and clarity. Throughout the afternoon, visitors can try the fluid and mindful movements of various Tai Chi styles and Falun Gong. Practitioners from the Chinese School of South Jersey lead the day’s first Tai Chi session at 11 am. Then at 1 pm, Sifu John Chen and his students from the Ba’z Tai Chi and Kung Fu Studio showcase the explosively powerful movements of Chen Tai Chi. At 2:30 pm, guests can join Falun Gong practitioners from the Greater Philadelphia Falun Dafa Association for sets of gentle and relaxing exercises.

Guided family tours depart at 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm, winding through the Museum’s international galleries to discover and discuss the 12 animal signs of the Chinese Zodiac. From 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, University of Pennsylvania East Asian Languages and Civilizations graduate student Gabrielle Niu leads a drop-in tour of the China Gallery.

At 12:15 pm, students from the Chinese School of South Jersey present Mulan Boxing, and Kung Fu Fan, a series of slow motion exercises designed to improve women’s strength and poise.

Qin Qian and local musician and instructor Kurt Jung perform traditional and modern Chinese melodies on the erhu (Chinese two-string fiddle) and the yangchin (Chinese hammered dulcimer) at 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm. Kurt also discusses the role of music in ancient Chinese society.

Chinese painting instructor Onlei Annie Jung leads a drop-in calligraphy workshop at 11:00 am and 12:30 pm to demonstrate basic stroke techniques for guests, then returns at 2:00 pm to explain the seven tans of the tangram, an ancient Chinese puzzle game believed to have been invented in China during the Song Dynasty, and introduced in Europe in the early 19th century.

Museum guests can also enjoy a sneak peek inside Shen Yun performing arts’ 2015 show highlighting the ensemble’s graceful interpretations of ancient Chinese legends that draw Philadelphia audiences year after year.

Members of Cheung’s Hung Gar Kung Fu Academy offer a dynamic, Shaolin-style Kung Fu demonstration at 3:00 pm. Then, at 3:45 pm, visitors are treated to the sharp footwork and pulsating drums of the spectacular Grand Finale Lion Dance to chase away evil and usher in good luck for the year.

THROUGHOUT THE DAY

A Chinese Art Marketplace provides activities for children and families. From 11:00 am to 3:30 pm, visitors can enjoy demonstrations by local painters and artists, including Chinese calligraphy and paper cutting. Families can also create a Year of the Sheep craft and learn more about Chinese New Year traditions, the growing trend of Spring Festival among younger generations, the legend of the Chinese zodiac, and see the artistic achievements of the Chinese with artifacts including silk paintings, jade and coral figurines, bronze vessels, stone sculptures, and glazed pottery. Guests can also view the Museum’s distinctive 19th-century crystal ball—believed to be from the imperial collection of Qing dynasty Dowager Empress Cixi. She was born in a year of the Sheep, as was Emperor Taizong, whose favorite horses, Curly and Autumn Dew are depicted in stone reliefs located in the China Gallery.

The Pepper Mill Café joins the festivities by serving Chinese lunch entrées and kid-friendly foods.

The Epoch Times is the media sponsor of the 34th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration at the Penn Museum. The Celebration is the third in the Museum’s World Culture Day series.

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION 2015 SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

11:00 am – Tai Chi with the Chinese School of South Jersey
11:00 am – Calligraphy Drop-in Workshop
11:00 am – 2:00 pm – Fruit & Vegetable Carving with Chef Joseph Poon
11:30 am – Greater Philadelphia Minghui School Dance Performance
11:45 am – “The Science and Art of Acupuncture” presentation by Dr. Jun Mao, MD, MSCE
12:00 pm – “Animal Signs of the Chinese Zodiac” guided family gallery tour
12:15 pm –Mulan Boxing and Kung Fu Fan Presentation
12:30 pm – Chinese Music Demonstration with Kurt Jung
1:00 pm – Ba’z Tai Chi Demonstration & Workshop
1:00 pm –China Gallery drop-in tour with Gabrielle Niu
1:30 pm – Great Wall Chinese School Little Mulan Dance Troupe Performance & Penn Chinese Dance Club Performance
2:00 pm – “Animal Signs of the Chinese Zodiac” guided family gallery tour
2:00 pm – Chinese Music Demonstration with Kurt Jung and Qin Qian
2:00 pm – Tangram Workshop
2:30 pm – Falun Gong Demonstration
3:00 pm – Kung Fu Demonstration
3:45 pm – Grand Finale Lion Dance
All Day Events, 11:00 am – 3:30 pm

In the China Gallery
Health Screenings with Dr. Qingyao Shi, MD, Dipl. OM, Lic. Acupuncturist
Year of the Sheep Family Craft
Chinese Painting
Paper Cutting
Calligraphy

Pepper Mill Café
Special Chinese New Year Café Menu

About the Penn Museum

The Penn Museum (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 300 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.

The 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 21, 30, 40, and 42. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and first Wednesdays of each month until 8:00 pm. Open select holiday Mondays. Museum admission donation is $15 for adults; $13 for senior citizens (65 and above); free for U.S. Military; $10 for children and full-time students with ID; free to Penn Museum Members, PennCard holders, and children 5 and younger.

Hot and cold meals and light refreshments can be purchased with or without Museum admission in The Pepper Mill Café. The Penn Museum can be found on the web at www.penn.museum. For general information call 215.898.4000. For group tour information call 215.746.8183