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Explore ancient cultures while reinforcing goals from your students’ Individualized Education Programs. Our multisensory access programs intertwine academics with social and life skills, and are appropriate for students with cognitive, sensory, motor, mobility, and behavioral disabilities. Plan a Field Trip Download Our Field Trip Planner Select from the Following Programs Workshops NEW! Middle Eastern Music Meet Fatima, who lives in Iran and studies music. In this workshop, students learn to play along to Middle Eastern rhythms through simple musical notation and pattern-making. They’ll also employ their fine motor skills as they dance to the music with traditional movements of the hands and arms. The grand finale features a student jam session with percussion instruments. Roman Marketplace Do as the Romans do and take part in an interactive ancient Roman marketplace. This workshop highlights social interaction, emotional response, and functional mathematics in a simulated marketplace. Students wear togas, handle reproductions of ancient artifacts, and use all of their senses to shop the Roman market using differentiated budgets. Mummy Makers Become an ancient Egyptian embalmer and help prepare Mr. Ulysses Penn for his journey to the afterlife. Students will explore each step of the mummification process, including brain removal, evisceration, desiccation, and wrapping. Tools of the trade will be available for students to touch and a Jell-O brain for teachers to scramble. Using their measuring skills, students create natron to take back to the classroom so they may desiccate a piece of fruit. This workshop uses life-like mummies. Touch Tours and Workshops Using their sense of touch, students with visual impairments can explore select objects in the Egypt galleries in addition to artifact reproductions. A hands-on workshop explores facets of ancient Egyptian history, from the process of mummification to hieroglyphs. All Touch Tours and Workshops are co-taught by guides who are blind or visually impaired and guides who are sighted. To book your Penn Museum Touch Tour please visit our partners at Philly Touch Tours. Guided Tours Faces Tour How do humans use their faces to convey emotion? Designed for students on the autism spectrum, this tour uses artifacts in our galleries to help improve upon students’ abilities to recognize facial identity, expression, and social cues. Students will engage in role play, drawing activities, and be asked to talk about their own experiences with emotion. Multisensory Guided Tours Explore the lives of the ancients through a guided tour of the artifacts they left behind. Our accessible tours are interactive and multisensory, incorporating storytelling, props, and role play. Please contact us to discuss your gallery preference. Visit Resources Customizable Visual Schedule Use our Customizable Visual Schedule to plan your field trip together with your students. Preview the sensory-friendly aspects of our galleries and explore our collection, and then cut and paste your itinerary into a checklist for your students to use on their visit. Click here to download. Social Stories Whether you’ve scheduled a workshop, tour, or are self-guiding, your students can preview their trip with our visual Social Stories. Our Social Stories use simplified language and outline your itinerary of programs, highlight sensory information, and discuss Museum Manners. Choose from the following three itineraries: Self-Guiding Workshop and Gallery Tour Workshop and Self-Guiding Sensory-Friendly Map Identify spaces in the Museum that are quiet, less crowded, and dimly lit by using our Sensory-Friendly Map. Click here to download. Calming and Engagement Tools Do you have students who require physical tools to help them engage in a lesson? Or students that can use additional support to feel comfortable in an unfamiliar setting? Teachers are invited to borrow items from our collection of Calming and Engagement Tools during their field trip. Please look over our collection and email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak7ceca0812f5ff6b64c09057d7038c997').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy7ceca0812f5ff6b64c09057d7038c997 = 'education' + '@'; addy7ceca0812f5ff6b64c09057d7038c997 = addy7ceca0812f5ff6b64c09057d7038c997 + 'pennmuseum' + '.' + 'org'; var addy_text7ceca0812f5ff6b64c09057d7038c997 = 'education' + '@' + 'pennmuseum' + '.' + 'org';document.getElementById('cloak7ceca0812f5ff6b64c09057d7038c997').innerHTML += ''+addy_text7ceca0812f5ff6b64c09057d7038c997+''; to request your desired items before your visit. Click here to download. Family Access Programs Engage all of your senses in our accessible family offerings, including early opening and evening programs for visitors with special needs and their families Visit Family Access Programs at the Penn Museum


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Get more from your trip by booking a guided tour! Experienced museum guides lead your students through gallery highlights, answer their questions, and share behind-the-scenes stories of the Museum, all in about an hour. Plan a Field Trip Download Our Field Trip Planner Tour Information For K-2 students, we recommend our Storytime Expeditions instead of Guided Tours. AGES All ages LENGTH 1 hour PRICE $2 per participant per tour + Group Admission ($7 per student, $12 per adult) 1 FREE teacher chaperone or adult per every 10 students GROUP SIZE 30-student maximum per tour (22-student maximum for Greece) Groups with less than 10 students will be charged for 10 students 1 chaperone is REQUIRED for every 10 students TIMING Tuesday–Friday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM WHEN TO BOOK At least 6-8 weeks in advance HOW TO BOOK Fill out Online Request Form: www.penn.museum/k12programrequest or contactThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak2b86a5a8379a46f10cf5614ba0db7b9e').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy2b86a5a8379a46f10cf5614ba0db7b9e = 'education' + '@'; addy2b86a5a8379a46f10cf5614ba0db7b9e = addy2b86a5a8379a46f10cf5614ba0db7b9e + 'pennmuseum' + '.' + 'org'; var addy_text2b86a5a8379a46f10cf5614ba0db7b9e = ' education@pennmuseum.org';document.getElementById('cloak2b86a5a8379a46f10cf5614ba0db7b9e').innerHTML += ''+addy_text2b86a5a8379a46f10cf5614ba0db7b9e+''; Select from the following tours: Canaan and Israel These cultures are crossroads of the ancient world, with strong influences from Egypt to the Near East. A model of an ancient house—with its ‘kitchen,’ ‘office,’ and ‘pantry’—brings this gallery to life. China See everything from oracle bones—the origin of Chinese writing—to the crystal ball of the Dowager Empress of China in this eclectic gallery. A beautiful collection of artwork reveals the importance Buddhism in China. Egypt With one of the most impressive collections of Egyptian artifacts in the world, Penn Museum offers a one-of-a-kind Egypt tour that includes mummies, sarcophagi, and the largest sphinx in North America. Rome and Etruscan Italy Forefathers of the Romans, the Etruscans were an influential ancient civilization. This tour includes standouts from both the Etruscan and Rome Galleries, including bronze armor. Greece Dozens of Greek painted vases and hand-minted coins introduce your students to everything from mythology to daily life in ancient Greece. Middle East (Mesopotamia): The Middle East is home to the world’s oldest civilization, Mesopotamia. Learn about this culture from the marvelous artifacts discovered by Penn Museum archaeologists. Native American Voices Interactive technology brings this gallery to life, introducing visitors to the diverse Native American people of today. Hear their voices as you discover cultural artifacts ranging from the Southwest to the Arctic. Special Exhibition Tour Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq Archeological sites in Iraq and Syria headline international news, as the destruction of cultural heritage becomes both a by-product and a tactic of ongoing war. Ancient artifacts and contemporary art convene to tell a story of the continuum between the past and present-day lives. Suggested for Grades 9-12. Looking for a College, Adult, or Seniors' Tour? View our other tour options Other Tours Options


Come to the Museum to transform your understanding of the human experience. Housing one of the world’s greatest collections of ancient artifacts from around the world, the Museum illustrates the human story: who we are and where we came from. Plan a Field Trip Download Our Field Trip Planner What can archaeology teach my class? Archaeologists aren’t treasure hunters, they’re evidence seekers. Artifacts help archaeologists reconstruct human history. While at the Museum, your students will sharpen their observational and analytical skills as they learn to see ancient artifacts as evidence of the past. What can anthropology teach my class? Anthropology is the study of humankind, past and present. A trip to the museum can help your students appreciate how culture affected people in the past and how it affects their lives today. Guided Tours Interactive Workshops International Classroom Access Programs Homeschool Groups High School Programs Storytime Expeditions School Adventure Days Gallery Closures For more information about each gallery closure, directions and parking, and accessibility accommodations, visit our Plan your Visit page. Need help getting to the Museum? Download our arrival instructions below. Please alert the Learning Programs Department to any mobility needs for your group (crutches, wheelchairs, difficult mobility) so we can make the best arrangements possible for all individuals in your group. The Building Transformation is a reinstallation of 44,000 square feet of gallery space. It will add visitor amenities—including new heat and air-conditioning systems, elevators, stairwells, gift shop, and restrooms—to make the Penn Museum fully accessible to all, let in the light, and create new pathways. Visit the Building Transformation website to learn more about gallery updates. Arrival Instructions Sponsor Recognition Educational opportunities for many students are made possible through generous donations provided by the following sponsors. The Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation, The Coca-Cola Company; Marie A. Conn, Ph.D.; Connelly Foundation; Kristin A. B. Davidson, CGS84, GED88, GED01, and Robert M. Davidson; Dr. Pamela P. Freyd, GED68, GR81, and Dr. Peter Freyd; GRoW Annenberg Foundation and Gregory Annenberg Weingarten; Anna Sophocles Hadgis, CGS70, G85, and Nicholas J. Hadgis, Ph.D., PAR; Dr. Gary Hatfield and Dr. Holly Pittman, Institute for Museum and Library Services, Diane V.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy, Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation, Estate of Ellen Cole Miller, National Endowment for the Arts, Palisade Capital Management, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Philadelphia Cultural Fund; William L. Potter, WG88, and Joanne S. Ruckel, WG88; Scholler Foundation, M. Trudy Slade.


“The speakers were amazing! Really enjoyed their expertise as well as down-to-earth attitudes.” With its world-famous collection and internationally-respected scholars, the Penn Museum offers unique opportunities for teachers to increase content knowledge and explore new ways to teach students about the ancient world. All Penn Museum professional development opportunities offer Act 48 credits to participating teachers. Current Professional Development Opportunities The Refugee Experience: South Sudan with Nyamal Tutdeal Tuesday, November 13, 2018 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM Penn Museum, 3260 South Street Group (Kress) Entrance What is it like to leave the only place you’ve ever called home? Former refugee, turned human rights advocate Nyamal Biel Tutdeal will tell her story as a refugee, touch upon the current worldwide migration crisis, and highlight the importance of rallying as world citizens to understand the refugee experience. A reflective discussion will encourage teachers to think critically about the issues that refugees face upon arriving to their new home country. Click here to register Check out our past professional development opportunities. Create Your Own Professional Development Our educators can work with you to design a professional development experience that is perfect for your staff or group. Choose from expert talks, gallery tours, and interactive workshops – all designed specifically to meet your group’s professional learning goals. Looking for ideas? Check out our past professional development opportunities. Get Started Planning Your PD


The Penn Museum welcomes homeschool and cyber school groups to utilize the galleries for student learning. No matter the size of your group, make a reservation in advance to be eligible for our discounted group rate. Join us for special Homeschool Programs throughout the year to explore the museum with other students and families. Plan a Field Trip Download Our Field Trip Planner Schedule a Group Visit Get the most out of a visit to the Penn Museum by booking as a group. Guided Tours of our galleries are available for $90 for 10 or fewer total participants. Interactive Workshops bring the past to life through hands-on learning. Utilize our Online Resources to prepare for your trip with a pre-visit lesson or request our scavenger hunt when you make a reservation! Sign up for the Homeschool Programs mailing list to receive emails about upcoming homeschool programs, educator resources, or events for families. Archaeological Adventures Homeschool Days Homeschool and Cyber School families can explore our galleries with a Guided Tour, join an Interactive Workshop, sit in on a Storytime Expedition, and make archaeology-inspired artwork. Dates and themes for each Archaeological Adventures Homeschool Day are listed below. Homeschool Day admission and program costs: $12 per child/adult One adult per family is free and children 3 and under are free Advance registration is required. Book today to reserve your spot! Exploring the Past – NEW for Teens and High School age students! Join the expedition to further discover Archaeology at the Penn Museum! Homeschool and cyber school students will hear from Museum experts, explore the galleries, and discover history through hands-on workshops. Exploring the Past admission and program costs: $15 per child/ adult One adult per family is free and children 3 and under are free Advance registration is required. Book today to reserve your spot!


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