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January 30, 2018

Jill DiSanto, Public Relations Director


New this year: Junior Anthropologists Summer Camp for Children Entering 1st Grade

Kids crafts at the Museum

Philadelphia, PA, February 1, 2018—Online enrollment opens today for the Penn Museum’s popular summer day camp,Anthropologists in the Making, celebrating 20 years in 2018! This unique summer camp offers children entering grades 2 through 8 an engaging experience that ventures through time and across continents, tapping in to the Penn Museum’s internationally-renowned collections and anthropology research. New this year, the Junior Anthropologists camp caters specifically to young children who will be entering 1st grade in the fall.

Anthropologists in the Making offers eight one-week sessions from June 25 through August 17, 2018. Each week explores a different theme, from Adventures on the Nile to Myths and Legends to Ancient Engineering. Each week also culminates in a Friday Showcase of Learning, open to parents and friends, where campers make creative presentations to demonstrate all they’ve discovered. Details about the camp are online:

Brand new for summer 2018 is a Junior Anthropologists Summer Camp, featuring four one-week sessions, July 9 through 20 and August 6 through 17, that invite younger campers to explore the Penn Museum through structured, hands-on activities.

Both camp programs run from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, with optional pre-camp (8:00 am to 9:00 am) and after-camp (3:00 to 5:30 pm) care available for an additional fee. There are discounts for Penn Museum members and for early registration (before May 1). Full registration details are online. A limited number of need-based partial scholarships ($100 off tuition) are available until May 1. To be considered for a scholarship, please emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Children may attend one or more weeks of camp:

Anthropologists in the Making Summer Camp Schedule:

Week 1 – June 25-29
Adventures on the Nile
Journey to Egypt and explore the culture of the Nile River Valley. Discover what daily life was like in Ancient Egypt, design a model boat to travel down the Nile, learn to write your name in hieroglyphs, and hear stories from Egyptian Mythology.

Week 2 – July 2-6, *no camp on Wednesday July 4
Stories from North America
Storytelling is an integral of part of Native American history. Join us as we explore Native American culture through storytelling, music, and art-making. Explore Native American celebrations, feast days, rituals, and more by sampling foods, creating pottery, and designing your own wampum.

Week 3 – July 9-13
Anthropology 101
There are four branches in anthropology—biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and archaeology. Explore the field of anthropology by participating in activities that celebrate all four fields. Excavate a simulated dig site, learn about the development of the alphabet, and explore cultural values from around the globe.

Week 4 – July 16-20
Myths and Legends
Did you know that myths have been used to explain meteors, eclipses, earthquakes, and floods for millennia? Explore cultures around the world through myths, legends, and origin stories. Discover how the stars found their place in the sky and how angry gods unleashed massive flooding. Create a mythical creature, write you own origin story, and design a personal amulet.

Week 5 – July 23-27
Ancient Engineering
Explore the architecture of Ancient Rome, Greece, Egypt, Mesopotamia and more! Embrace your inner engineer and design your own city. Construct model buildings, roads, and bridges and test how your creations hold up to earthquake and volcano simulations.

Week 6 – July 30-August 3
Game, Set, Match
Games have existed throughout time and across continents. Discover the different types of games hidden in our galleries. Challenge a fellow camper to Senet, a board game from ancient Egypt, design your own mancala board, and create your very own game.

Week 7 – August 6-10
Unearthing Rome and Greece
Do you have what it takes to be an archaeologist? Uncover artifacts that tell the story of the ancient Mediterranean world. Explore the world of Etruscan women, discover the importance of Demeter, and learn about what life was like in the Ancient Mediterranean. Design a votive, etch your own coins, and build your own model house.

Week 8 – August 13-17
Unwrapping the Afterlife
Discover how Ancient Egyptians celebrated life after death. Explore what hides behind the façade of a pyramid, design your own shabti (an Egyptian funerary figure), create a tomb mural, and more. Visit In the Artifact Lab and chat with a conservator. You might even get to meet a mummy!

Junior Anthropologists Summer Camp Schedule:

July 9-13
What’s Anthropology?
Participate in activities that celebrate the different branches of anthropology! You can help excavate a simulated dig site, learn about alphabets and how they’re used, and explore cultures from around the globe.

July 16-20
Fables and Folktales
Explore the world through myths, legends, and origin stories. Discover how the stars found their place in the sky, learn about the thirteen moons on Turtle’s shell, and design your own animal mask.

August 6-10
Digging Up Rome and Greece
Do you have what it takes to be an archaeologist? Dig up artifacts from Rome and Greece and discover the stories that they tell. Explore what it means to be a gladiator, design your own coins, and help build a life-sized sculpture!

August 13-17
Mummies and the Afterlife
Discover how Ancient Egyptians celebrated life after death. Design your own shabti (an Egyptian funerary figure), create an animal mummy, visit In the Artifact Lab and chat with a conservator. You might even get to meet a mummy!

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, with P.M. @ PENN MUSEUM evening programs offered. Closed Mondays and holidays. 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 Members, PennCard holders, and children 5 and younger.

Hot and cold meals and light refreshments are offered to visitors with or without Museum admission in The Pepper Mill Café; the Museum Shop offers 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.


About the Penn Museum
The Penn Museum’s mission is to be a center for inquiry and the ongoing exploration of humanity for our University of Pennsylvania, regional, national, and global communities, following ethical standards and practices.

Through conducting research, stewarding collections, creating learning opportunities, sharing stories, and creating experiences that expand access to archaeology and anthropology, the Museum builds empathy and connections across diverse cultures

The Penn Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm. It is open until 8:00 pm on first Wednesdays of the month. The Café is open Tuesday-Thursday, 9:00 am-3:00 pm and Friday and Saturday, 10:00 am-3:00 pm. On Sundays, the Café is open 10:30 am-2:30 pm. For information, visit, call 215.898.4000, or follow @PennMuseum on social media.