Classroom Workshops at the Penn Museum..

Delve further into the ancient world with a workshop! Experienced museum educators lead your students through hands-on activities that explore facets of past cultures. Students learn how to use artifacts (primary sources for learning about the past) as clues, and how to connect them with content knowledge about the ancient world. Props and replica artifacts give students an interactive experience that brings the material to life.

Select from the following programs:

Digging Up Rome

Grades: 6th-12th
How are artifacts unearthed and analyzed by archaeologists? Photos and video footage tell the story of Penn Museum excavations of the ancient Roman world. Students practice archaeological site interpretation and learn more about the lives of ancient Romans by handling replica artifacts. Using their newfound knowledge of the archaeological process, students will make observations and inferences to draw conclusions about the past.

Making a Mosaic

Grades: 5th–9th
Discover the artistry of Roman mosaics in this hands-on workshop where students learn all about the different types of this decorative art, and how ancient artisans created them. Students will work in small groups, then as a class to create one giant mosaic comprised of over 4,000 tesserae! The workshop incorporates math, along with the study of ancient history.

Mummy Makers

Grades: 5th–9th
Ever wonder how and why the ancient Egyptians mummified their dead? Learn how to be an ancient Egyptian embalmer and prepare Mr. Ulysses Penn for his journey to the afterlife! Using fabricated mummies, students will explore mummification through each step of the process including brain removal, evisceration, desiccation, and wrapping. Students will also investigate the religious significance of mummification. This workshop uses life-like mummies.

Preparing for Eternity: Egyptian False Doors

Grades: 2nd-5th
What did the inside of an ancient Egyptian tomb look like? What did people get to take with them into the afterlife? Students learn about hieroglyphs, tomb offerings, and false doors—ancient Egyptian passageways between the worlds of the living and the dead. Students then create their own false doors incorporating hieroglyphs and ancient Egyptian art motifs.

Preserving the Past

Grades: 5th-9th
What role does a conservator play in preserving the past? Students will not only learn the answer to this question, but will explore some core practices of conservation. View real-life examples of conservation in the Museum’s collection, and learn about the science behind deterioration and preservation. Then practice the basics of conservation with hands-on activities.

Ages See Workshop Descriptions
Length 1 hour
Price $100 per workshop plus group admission:
$7 per student group admission
1 adult REQUIRED for every 10 students
All teachers with school ID are FREE
$12 per additional adult
Group Size 30 student maximum
Timing 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Tuesday through Friday
When to Book Request your workshop at least 6-8 weeks in advance.
Deposits should be received at least 4 weeks in advance.
Final confirmation must be received by the 10th of the month prior to your tour.
(Example: October tours must be finalized by September 10th)


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