Family-Friendly Chinese New Year
Penn Museum Chinese New Year 2017 Courtesy of Penn Museum/PhillyVoice

2017 is the Year of the Rooster, according to the Chinese zodiac.

January 04, 2017

Annual Chinese New Year Celebration returns to Penn Museum

2017 is the Year of the Rooster

On Jan. 21, Penn Museum will host its 36th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration. There will be tours, demonstrations, crafts and other family-friendly activities leading up to the Lion Dance finale.

There are also a few new components to the day. 

Attendees will have an opportunity to go on a zodiac tour of the galleries in search of artifacts featuring the 12 animals that make up the Chinese zodiac. 2017 marks the Year of the Rooster.

Contemporary Asian and Asian-American media and arts will be featured at the celebration, too. The Philadelphia Asian Film Festival and the Asian Arts Initiative partnered with the event. 

Here is the full schedule of activities:

Time Activity 
11 a.m. Chinese For Families Program 
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Drop in Calligraphy Class 
NoonFamily Zodiac Tour of the Penn Museum 
Noon  Lecture on Traditional Chinese Culture and Shen Yun Performance 
12:30 p.m. Chinese Music Demonstration and Performance 
 1:30 p.m.Tai Chi Workshop 
2-3:15 p.m. Tangram Workshop 
2 p.m.  Chinese Music Demonstration and Performance
2 p.m. Performance by Chinese Arts Center Program 
2 p.m.Philadelphia Asian Film Festival Short Films 
2:30 p.m. Falun Gong Demonstration 
3 p.m.  Family Zodiac Tour of the Penn Museum
3:15 p.m. Kung Fu Demonstration 
4 p.m.  Lion Dance Finale


All activities in the Chinese New Year Celebration are free with museum admission, which is $10-$15 per person.


36th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration

Saturday, Jan. 21
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Free with museum admission
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
(215) 898-4000

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