Arts and Culture

Arts at Penn - Arts at Penn provides an online calendar of the upcoming arts and cultural events at the University of Pennsylvania. You can learn about opportunities at Penn from performing arts groups to academic programs and courses by visiting their website.

The African American Museum in Philadelphia - The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and interpreting the materials and intellectual culture of African Americans in Philadelphia, the Delaware Valley, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Americas. The Museum is committed to telling the triumphant story of African Americans in all its permutations: political, religious, family life, Civil Rights Movement, arts and entertainment, sports, medicine, architecture, law, and technology.

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts - The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents a broad range of innovative music, theatre, and dance performances each season. The Annenberg Center highlights the value of the performing arts by presenting world renowned and emerging artists and companies who express adventuresome perspectives on contemporary issues, timeless ideas, and diverse cultures.

Arthur Ross Gallery - Through the diversity of its exhibitions, the Arthur Ross Gallery links the University with the city of Philadelphia and broader communities and draws attention to the work and role in society of artists, art historians, and curators. It presents objects from private collections and historic institutions, including Penn, to enhance the ambience on campus and to draw visitors to West Philadelphia. The Gallery is free and open to the public.  

Asian Arts Initiative The Asian Arts Initiative is grounded in the belief that the arts can provide an important political and cultural "voice" for the Asian-American communities in Philadelphia. Its goal is to become a community arts center where the diverse experiences of Asian Americans can be expressed and explored. There is no admission fee, except for featured events.  

Franklin Institute Science Museum - The mission of The Franklin Institute is to create a passion for learning about science and technology.  Pennsylvania’s most visited museum, The Franklin Institute features permanent hands-on exhibitions on space, physics, sports and biology including the famous Giant Heart.  The Franklin Institute is also home to the Tuttleman IMAX Theater, Fels Planetarium, and 3D capable Franklin Theater.

Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) - An international leader among contemporary art museums, ICA believes in the power of art and artists to inform and inspire. ICA regularly schedules lectures, screenings, and performances and is always free for all to engage and connect with the art of our time.

James G. Kaskey Memorial Garden (Biopond) - The Biopond is a cultivated retreat and one of Penn’s best kept secrets! Though the pond is the central feature, it is also home to a wide variety of animals and quiet garden spaces, all of which creates an atmosphere of calm and serenity.

Kelly Writers House  - Kelly Writers House serves as a center for writers from Penn and the Philadelphia community, hosting over 300 free and public programs and projects - readings by poets and novelists, lectures, film screenings, workshops, art exhibits, open-mics and more.

The Mexican Cultural Center of Philadelphia - The Mexican Cultural Center of Philadelphia (CCM/Centro Cultural Mexicano de Filadelfia) is comprised of businesses, organizations, and individuals interested in improving and participating in relations between our two countries. The Center's main objective is to promote and encourage, through cultural exchanges with Mexico, a better understanding of Mexico and Mexican culture among the Mexican, Mexican-American, and North American communities.

Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania was established in 1932 as a botanical garden and a center for research and education. The Arboretum is a leading advocate in stewardship of natural resources, promoting preservation of Pennsylvania's open spaces and the environment through workshops, research projects and technical assistance on local, state, and national levels. Penn students may visit the Arboretum for free at any time, simply by showing their University ID card.

 Philadelphia Museum of Art Experience 2,000 years of artistic expression in one extraordinary place. The Museum offers inspiration and discovery through an adventurous line-up of concerts, film, courses, lectures, hands-on workshops, gallery talks and artist conversations.

 The Rodin Museum - The Rodin Museum constitutes one of the most important collections of 19th century sculptures anywhere in the world as well as one of the most distinguished museums devoted to the work of a single artist. Treasures at the Rodin Museum include a cast of the Burghers of Calais (1884-95) and The Thinker.

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology - This world-renowned museum and research institution offers three gallery floors of materials from around the globe. Highlights include a 12-ton sphinx and monumental architectural remains from the ancient Egyptian palace of Merenptah; Egyptian mummies; Nigerian Benin bronzes; samples of the first writing in the world; and materials from Mesopotamia, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and the ancient Mediterranean world. In addition, public events such as in-depth symposia, gallery tours, visiting lecturers, and festive "world culture" days are among the many special events offered throughout the year.