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The Penn Museum offers several classroom-based activities that might suit your curricular goals. Many of these have been developed by Penn faculty, and draw from Penn Museum research and collections. We will provide you with the background readings, workshop instructions, and all materials. Please fill out a class visit request form to schedule a workshop in your classroom. Sample Workshops Maya Hot Chocolate Japanese Woodblock Printing Chinese New Year paper cutting Atlatls Ancient Incantation Bowls

Enhance your classroom curriculum with incredible artifacts from our teaching collection. Artifact Loan Boxes focus on the daily life of ancient world cultures. These themed object sets provide primary and secondary sources for classrooms and other educational settings. Through touching and studying replica artifacts, students foster deeper connections to other cultures. About the Program Artifact Loan Boxes are comprised of replica objects that come from the Penn Museum’s Teaching Collection. Artifacts can be handled without gloves and are appropriate for all ages and a variety of learning environments. These portable “object kits” can be shared among many classes for maximum educational impact. Artifact Loan Boxes are great for history and world cultures classes, but also can be used for library displays, and language and visual art courses (creative writing, drawing, 3-D scanning, design, etc.). These provide a great pre-visit or post-visit experience for students that visit the Penn Museum for tours and workshops. Borrow a box for up to a month! Artifact Loan Boxes feature: 8-10 touchable artifacts, either pre-selected or customized for your class Expedition magazine articles written by Penn experts To request a Loan Box: EmailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak5bda923f453441e8b7f8ef67605d7f0a').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy5bda923f453441e8b7f8ef67605d7f0a = 'classuse' + '@'; addy5bda923f453441e8b7f8ef67605d7f0a = addy5bda923f453441e8b7f8ef67605d7f0a + 'penn' + '.' + 'museum'; var addy_text5bda923f453441e8b7f8ef67605d7f0a = '';document.getElementById('cloak5bda923f453441e8b7f8ef67605d7f0a').innerHTML += ''+addy_text5bda923f453441e8b7f8ef67605d7f0a+''; with your class name and number, desired loan dates, and a description of the classroom activity you would like to use the box for. Please allow at least four weeks between your initial request and the desired dates. All loan boxes must be picked up from the Penn Museum in person, Monday to Friday between 8am and 3pm.

Plan a class visit to archives. Classes are invited to visit the Penn Museum's extensive archival collection, which includes thousands of documents, photographs, prints, and films related to the Museum's history and collections. The staff of the Penn Museum Archives is happy to discuss topics pertaining to the history of the museum, our excavations, and our holdings. A visit would include a summary of what your students might expect to find regarding your specific topic, and how to conduct archival research. The Archives are accessible Monday to Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. To request a visit to the Archives with your class, please fill out the Request Form at least three weeks in advance of your potential visit.

Experience the collection firsthand in the classroom The Collections Study Room serves as a laboratory where students can examine and discuss Museum artifacts from our storerooms firsthand. Professors are encouraged to lead their students to observe, interpret, synthesize, analyze and organize our material culture in this space. The room can accommodate up to 20 students and includes 5 state-of-the-art storage cabinets, a photography station, and an interactive SMART Board, along with Academic Engagement staff to help you design your curriculum around object-based learning. While we recommend that object-based learning works best with smaller groups, we can accommodate groups larger than 20 in other Museum classrooms. To request a visit to the Collections Study Room, please fill out the Request Form at least three weeks in advance of your potential visit. For more on the Collections Study Room, read our blog post, "If You Build it, They Will Come". I bring all my students down here, I love coming here. The methodology session that my students did last year where we recreated a tomb assemblage–the papers they wrote for that class were just spectacular! It was amazing. Campbell Grey, Associate Professor of Classical Studies on his Problems in Greek and Roman History class visit to the Collections Study Room

Reserve a gallery for a class tour or activity Many of the Museum’s most interesting objects are currently on display in our Signature and Special Exhibition galleries. Museum galleries are open for class visits during normal public hours (Tuesday-Sunday 10 am - 5 pm), or on Mondays and after hours by special request. Gallery Visits are available for classes of all sizes, but we do ask that you fill out a Request Form to ensure that there are no conflicts with previously scheduled tours or events. A number of guided tours are available on special request and depending on availability.

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