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World Wonders

Take a weekly trip around the world from the comfort of your own home! The Penn Museum's World Wonders morning summer series celebrates the diversity of the world’s cultures through live virtual interactive workshops and activities for school-aged children and their families. Many of our workshops include activities that you can make with us while watching at home. Check the program descriptions for recommended materials so you are ready to make and create with us.

Join us every Wednesday from June 3 to August 26 at 11:00 am. Programs are held in collaboration with the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration. Sign-up links coming soon—in the meantime, browse our upcoming workshops below!

A virtual workshop

Free to Registered Guests

June 3
Let's Talk About Coins
Coins can do more than make you wealthy! Discover more about the materials, symbols, and making process of coins to learn about the messages they carry. Participate in interactive conversations and discuss coins from your daily life. Assist our Museum educator in creating a “class coin,” and work on your own coin with a design that sends a message meant to be seen by the world!
*Recommended Materials: Paper, writing utensils, scissors, and tape/glue.
June 10
Can You Match That X-Ray?
Do you have the eye to preserve archaeological discoveries? Learn how scientists use technology and observation to reveal what lies under the wrappings of mummies! Then test your skills with a matching game based on x-rays of animal mummies in the Penn Museum.
June 17
Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
A Complex and Colorful Celebration of Life
by Carlos José Pérez Sámano, Penn Museum Global Guide
Imagine a vibrant, colorful community celebration of loved ones who have passed on so that they are never forgotten. This special workshop invites you to learn about this celebration: Mexico’s “Day of the Dead.” Mexico’s modern traditions honor both ancestral customs and contemporary values. See how the riches of the country’s geography connect to the deep meaning of this holiday’s traditional altars and discover the symbolism of each element. Explore how the famous candy skulls are made and why they are so important. Then, celebrate the Day of the Dead with a craft activity and a poetry ready from Carlos in Nahuatl, the language of the powerful Aztecs.
*Recommended Materials: Tissue/colored/craft paper, scissors.
June 24
Making a Lasting Impression
Discover what life was like in ancient Mesopotamia through the study of cylinder seals. These tiny stone artifacts function as the earliest known signatures, with names and images that tell us about the identities of ancient people. Create your own cylinder seal registers using pictures to represent what makes them unique.
*Recommended Materials: Paper, ruler, and writing utensils.

Upcoming Dates

  • July 1
  • July 8
  • July 15
  • July 22
  • July 29
  • August 5
  • August 12
  • August 19
  • August 26

World Wonders Events



World Wonders

Let's Talk About Coins

Wednesday | June 3 | 11:00 am - 11:30 am



World Wonders

Can You Match That X-Ray?

Wednesday | June 10 | 11:00 am - 11:30 am



World Wonders

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Wednesday | June 17 | 11:00 am - 11:30 am



World Wonders

Making a Lasting Impression

Wednesday | June 24 | 11:00 am - 11:30 am


Learning and Public Engagement Department