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Penn Museum Anthropology Camp

Celebrate summer fun and learning through the Penn Museum’s world-renowned collections. Each week features an exciting theme with hands-on workshops, expert talks, gallery exploration, and more!

Penn Museum Anthropology Camp is designed for children ages 6-13 who will be entering grades 1–8 for the 2022-2023 school year.

Camp Dates: June 27-August 19, 2022

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The Penn Museum Anthropology Camp 2022 logo over a photo of campers playing a ball game outside in the couryard.

What will summer camp look like in 2022?

The safety of your child is our top priority. COVID-19 vaccines are required for all counselors and campers. Face masks are required for indoor activities.

We will adapt camp safety guidelines as COVID-19 protocols continue to change. Major updates will be shared on this page. Additional information will be shared in the parent welcome letter following camp registration.

Couldn’t attend our Virtual Open House and have questions about camp? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to speak with our Camp Director.


Dates

The waitlist for sold out sessions can be accessed through the registration website. If you have any specific questions about camp sessions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Theme
Stories from the Earth Week 1 - SOLD OUT
June 27 - July 1
Week 7 - SOLD OUT
August 8 - 12
Building Bridges, Pyramids, and Temples Week 2* - SOLD OUT
July 5 – 8
Week 8 - SOLD OUT
August 15 - 19
Who’s Who in Ancient Egypt Week 3 - SOLD OUT
July 11 - 15
Signs and Superstitions Week 4 - SOLD OUT
July 18 - 22
Beats, Ballads, and Bards Week 5
July 25 - 29
Powerful People: Kings, Queens, Pharaohs, and Shamans Week 6 - SOLD OUT
August 1 - 5
*There will be no camp on Monday July 4.

Themes

Stories from the Earth
Learn about cultures around the world through myths and legends. Discover how the stars found their place in the sky and how angry gods unleashed massive flooding. Listen to stories about volcanoes, earthquakes, and other natural phenomena. Explore the power of storytelling, create a mythical creature, and write your own origin story.
Building Bridges, Pyramids, and Temples
Humans have lived in a wide variety of dwellings, used roads to travel, and visited places of worship throughout history. The things we build and how we use them can tell us so much about the daily lives of people around the world. Join us for a week of building challenges as we design our own bridges, construct the tallest towers, and create pyramids and temples fit for a king and queen!
Who’s Who in Ancient Egypt
Take a trip back in time as you examine artifacts in the museum galleries. Explore what life was like for pharaohs, priests, scribes, and commoners. Make papyrus, sculpt a shabti, and engineer a boat for the Nile. Listen to stories from Egyptian mythology and discover how Ancient Egyptians celebrated life after death.
Signs and Superstitions
If you have ever crossed your fingers, knocked on wood, or avoided stepping on a sidewalk crack, this is the camp session for you! Explore the origins of these customs and why we still practice them today. Explore what methods people from around the world use to ward off evil or bring good fortune. Create your own superstition and then make a protective amulet.
Beats, Ballads, and Bards
Music has provided a soundtrack for the human experience throughout history. Explore the importance of song, beats, and rhythm in storytelling. Learn how music is used in ritual and celebration around the world. Take a close look at musical instruments, design your own drum, and explore how contemporary music impacts our everyday lives.
Powerful People: Kings, Queens, Pharaohs, and Shamans
Do you know what it means to be powerful? Why did so many cultures have kings and queens and where are they today? Discover what it means to be powerful in a variety of cultures around the world and throughout time. Make a ceremonial mask and participate in a textile workshop. Learn about regalia, art, and other symbols of status as you explore the museum galleries.

Tuition and Fees

Register by April 1 $320 Members | $340 Non-members per week
Register After April 1 $340 Members | $360 Non-members per week
Pre-camp (8:00 - 9:00 am) $30 per week
After-camp (3:00 - 5:30 pm) $75 per week

Scholarships

A limited number of need-based full and partial scholarships are available until April 15, 2022.

  • $100 Partial Scholarship
    This scholarship will be given to help offset the cost of tuition. Campers receive $100 off one session. Open to all applicants.
  • Full Scholarship
    This scholarship will cover full tuition for one session of camp. Only open to applicants who live within the city of Philadelphia.

Scholarship applications are now closed.

To request a scholarship application, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Camp Lunches

You may pre-purchase lunch for your child from the Museum Café Tuesday-Friday each week. All lunches must be pre-purchased. You will not be able to purchase lunch during morning sign-in.

Pre-purchase during online registration or by emailing the Camp Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Lunch menus will be available by February 2022.

The Museum Café will be closed on Mondays and lunch service will not be available. Please be sure to pack a lunch for your child on Mondays.

Our café is not a nut-free facility. If your child has a severe nut allergy, we recommend that you send a lunch from home. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the camp director.

Frequently Asked Questions

What time does camp begin each day? What time does camp end?

Camp sessions run from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

I am filing my taxes and need a receipt and the Museum's Tax ID number. How do I access this information?

The Museum's tax ID is 23-1352685. To obtain a receipt, you may access your online account.

I am a Penn staff/faculty member. Do I receive the Member discount?

Only families who enroll at the Penn Museum’s Household level and above are eligible for Camp discounts. Penn staff/faculty are not automatically Members at this level. This is a separate (fully tax-deductible) fee. Learn more about Penn Museum Household Memberships.

How many campers can enroll in a session? Does the camp sell out?

We cap each week at 65 campers. Most sessions sell out each year, so early registration is encouraged.

About how many weeks do children attend? Do most children attend all eight weeks? Do you get new campers?

Most campers attend at least two sessions, most often back-to-back. About half of our campers return from the prior summer, while half are new each year.

How are the campers divided into groups?

Campers will be divided into four separate groups, or classrooms, of 14-16 campers. These groups are separated by age approximately as follows: 6-7; 7-8; 9-10; 11-13.

What is the ratio of campers to counselors? Are the counselors high school students?

All counselors are 21 or older, have previous experience working with children, and have passed PA and FBI clearances. Camp staff include eight counselors, camp assistant director, camp director, and 4-5 additional support staff. Two counselors are assigned to a group of 14-16 campers each week, with a ratio of 1:8.

Do you offer a sibling discount?

We do not offer a sibling discount. Please consider becoming a Member to receive discounts. Learn more about Penn Museum Memberships.

My child is 5 years old. My child is turning 14. Can I enroll them?

If your child has completed kindergarten and will be entering first grade next school year, they can be enrolled in our camp program. If your child is turning 14 and entering high school, we do not recommend our summer camp program.

My child can no longer attend the camp. Are any of the fees refundable or transferable?

The $100 deposit, due at time of registration, is non-refundable. If you cancel your child’s registration three or more weeks prior to the start date of the session, all tuition and fees (minus the deposit) will be refunded. Refunds cannot be given if you cancel a session two weeks or less prior to the session start date. If your child wants to enroll in a different session, we will transfer all funds paid to a different session if space is available AND if you decide to transfer three or more weeks prior to the start date of the session.

I just registered online. Will I receive additional paperwork? When do I have to make additional payments?

You will receive a confirmation email upon registration. You will receive additional mandatory paperwork via email by June 1, 2022. These forms must be completed and returned two weeks prior to the start of your child’s camp session. If you create an online account during registration, you may log into your account at any time to make additional payments. Balances are due two weeks prior to the start of each camp session.

I’m not sure if I’ll need pre-care and/or after-care for my child. Should I enroll anyway? Do I need to register for the entire week?

If you think that you may need pre-care or after-care, enroll at time of registration. You must register for an entire week of pre-care or after-care.

No payment is needed at time of registration for pre-care and/or after-care. If you do not need to use pre-care and/or after-care, the charges will be removed from your account. All payments for pre-care and/or after-care must be paid by the first day of your child’s camp session. If you need to enroll your child in pre-care and/or after care, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Is there a waitlist for sold out sessions?

Yes. The waitlist for sold out sessions can be accessed through the registration website. If you have specific questions about camp sessions, please contact the camp director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Contact

Learning and Public Engagement Department
215.898.4016