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Explore ancient cultures while reinforcing goals from your students’ Individualized Education Programs. Our access programs intertwine academics with social and life skills, and are appropriate for students with cognitive, sensory, motor, mobility, and behavioral disabilities. Each program is multisensory and is designed by a certified special education teacher. Plan a Field Trip Download Our 2017-2018 Field Trip Planner Select from the Following Programs 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 will wear togas, handle reproductions of ancient artifacts, and use all of their senses to shop the Roman market using differentiated budgets. In Touch with Ancient Egypt 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 Jello brain for teachers to scramble. Using their measuring skills, students will create natron to take back to the classroom so they may desiccate a piece of fruit. This workshop uses life-like mummies. 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 access tours are interactive and multisensory, incorporating storytelling, props, and role play. Please contact us to discuss your gallery preference. Touch Tours and Workshops Using their sense of touch, students with visual impairments are able to 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 a tour please visit Philly Touch Tours. SPECIAL PROGRAMS Evening Expedition September 9, 2017 4:00-7:00pm Join the Penn Museum and other local families for an unforgettable night of sensory-friendly fun at our Evening Expedition. For children, teens, and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, this program offers a hands-on look into the lives of the ancients through active, engaging, multisensory activities. Our evening explorers will take part in an interactive game show, enjoy an introductory lesson to ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, perform adaptive yoga, make crafts, and even touch artifacts from our ancient Peruvian mummy cart! The night will culminate with a flashlight tour of select Museum galleries. Please email or call Megan Becker at This email address is being protected from spambots. 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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. 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Get more from your trip by booking a guided tour! Experienced museum guides lead your students through highlights of the galleries, answer their questions, and share some behind-the-scenes stories of the Museum, all in about an hour. Penn Museum tours feature opportunities to closely look at artifacts (primary sources for learning about the past) and discuss key concepts with our guides. This format provides an ideal way to address Common Core standards in Speaking & Listening as well as addressing content in World History, World Cultures, and United States History. Plan a Field Trip Download Our 2017-2018 Field Trip Planner Tour Information Reservations Reserve your private guided tour at least 6 weeks in advance. Tours fill up quickly! Each gallery can accommodate one tour at a time, with the exception of Egypt, which can accommodate up to three groups at one time. Group Size We require a minimum of 10 students and a maximum of 30 people for each guided tour. Please note that Ancient Greece is limited to 22 people. For school groups we require one adult for every 10 children. Rates K-12 School Groups Children and Students (with ID) $7 Group Admission + $2 per person per tour Adults and Seniors $12 Group Admission + $2 per person per tour Payment Payment in full for guided tours must be made no later than two weeks prior to the tour date. Select from the following tours: Africa The continent of Africa is home to diverse array of cultures. Masterpieces of mask making and artifacts from the Asante Kingdom are just some of the stars in this gallery. Canaan and Israel Crossroads of the ancient world, with strong influences from Egypt to the Near East. A model of an ancient house, complete with ‘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 Buddhist 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 including mummies, sarcophagi, and the largest sphinx in North America. Etruscan/Roman World Contemporaries of the great Greek city-states and forefathers of the Romans, the Etruscans are an enigmatic and influential ancient civilization. This tour includes standouts from both the Etruscan and Rome Galleries, including bronze armor, and complete groups of tomb artifacts. Greece Dozens of Greek painted vases and hand-minted coins introduce your students to everything from mythology to daily life in ancient Greece. Mexico and Central America Birthplace of the Maya and Aztec civilizations, Mesoamerica has a rich cultural tradition. Discover artifacts from an ancient ballgame, and stand in awe under the large stone stela monuments that commemorate the power of ancient rulers. Native American Voices Videos and interactive technology bring 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. Rome Get an inside look into the Roman world with glimpses of politics, religion, and art. Ancient materials of marble, metal, and glass tell the stories of this influential civilization. Introduction to Archaeology How do we know what we know? What do archaeologists do, and how does it tell us about the past? Brush up on your archaeological thinking skills as you examine highlights from around the Museum. NEW TOUR OFFERINGS! Storytime Expeditions Designed for K-3 classes, this tour welcomes the next generation of museum-lovers. While at the Museum your students will hear a story, see a few artifacts, and do an activity in a 45-minute gallery experience. 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 2017-2018 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 Gallery Changes This year begins an exciting period of renovations and updates for the Penn Museum and its neighbor, the University of Pennsylvania Health System's Penn Tower. We do not anticipate any major gallery closures at this time, but some artifacts may temporarily be off display due to construction vibrations. A few galleries may be affected by noise from construction as well. The Learning Programs Department will ensure you have an enjoyable and informative experience as our Penn neighbor and the Museum improve our buildings. For the latest information on gallery closures, please view the Plan Your Visit section of the website. NEW Traffic Advisory & Drop-off 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 Teacher Talks: Excavations at Abydos in Egypt with Paul Verhelst Wednesday, October 18, 2017 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM Sponsored by the Unpacking the Past program at the Penn Museum. Hear from an expert from the field excavations in Abydos, Egypt. See pictures, ask questions and learn about the discovery of a previously unknown ancient pharaoh and ceremonial boat structure. Teacher Talks are free for Philadelphia educators and participants receive dinner and Act 48 Credits. REGISTER HERE Teacher Talks: Unearthed in the Archives: Penn’s work at Maya Sites Wednesday, November 8, 2017 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM Sponsored by the Unpacking the Past program at the Penn Museum. Get an exclusive, behind the scenes tour of our vast archives with a focus on Penn’s excavations of Maya sites in Central America. Learn about the Maya culture and the people who study it. Teacher Talks are free for Philadelphia educators and participants receive dinner and Act 48 Credits. REGISTER HERE 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. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. 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We know these people built massive earthen mounds, however, the history of mound building begins nearly 5,000 years before the Cahokia mounds were constructed. In this workshop, we will examine the archaeological site of Cahokia and investigate the origins of America's first city. Teacher Talks are free for Philadelphia educators and participants receive dinner and Act 48 Credits. Around the Globe in Your City: A World Heritage Teacher Workshop Saturday, September 16 2017 8:45 AM — 12:00 PM This interactive workshop will introduce educators to the Philadelphia World Heritage City Project, to the heritage education resources available at the Penn Museum and elsewhere right here in Philadelphia, and to the recent first international Philadelphia World Heritage Education trip. Participants will work in small groups to examine new global curricula across grade levels and disciplines, discover object-based learning techniques using Penn Museum galleries, and hear Philadelphia teachers discuss how they have implemented their visits to Indian and Nepalese World Heritage sites and cities into classroom action plans. Act 48 Professional Education credits are offered for this workshop. Middle East: Crossroads of Culture August 24, 2017, 8:30AM – 12:30PM The Middle East Center and the Penn Museum invite you to join us for morning of learning on Thursday, August 24th. Participants will receive a tour of the new exhibit “Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq” and a hands-on workshop that focuses on ancient Middle Eastern adornment. Before the tour, Dr. Lauren Ristvet, Dyson Associate Curator in the Near East Section, will speak about her experiences curating the exhibit. The deadline for registration is August 10. Using Artifacts in Your Classroom August 22, 2017 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Join us for a day of exploration of the Penn Museum's Artifact Loan Boxes. Participate in hands-on workshops that demonstrate how to use objects in your classroom – no matter what subject you teach! Learn directly from Penn Museum experts and preview examples of cross-curricular lessons that place objects at the center of learning. Breakfast and lunch are provided. Participants will receive Act 48 Credits. A Loan Box for all Subjects: Using Artifacts in Your Classroom August 9-10, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m Join us for a two day exploration of the Penn Museum’s Artifact Loan Boxes. Participate in hands-on workshops that demonstrate how to use objects in your classroom – no matter what subject you teach! Learn directly from Penn Museum archaeologists and conservators and develop engaging cross-curricular lessons that place objects at the center of learning. Breakfast and lunch are provided both days. Participants will receive Act 48 Credits and teaching resources. Legendary Empires: Power, People & Politics July 17- July 21, 2017 9AM-4PM On behalf of the University of Pennsylvania’s National Resource Centers, the Penn Museum invites you to this week of learning. Sessions will focus on creative interpretations of “empire,” exploring fabled kings and queens, dynasties that reshaped landscapes, colonial rulers and modern empires. Workshops led by Penn faculty and Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture. Field trips to the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s new South Asia Gallery and the Penn Museum’s special exhibition, “Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq.” Receive a $100 stipend for attending and writing a lesson plan! Engaging Students in International Issues: The Choices Approach April 8, 2017, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm Co-sponsored by the Brown University’s Choices Program, Penn’s Middle East Center, and South Asia Center, this workshop will introduce educators to the Choices Program's award-winning resources to teaching about contested international issues. Participants will work with the Middle East and South Asia units, view the new Penn Museum exhibit Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq and hear from Dr. Salam Al Kuntar, Co-curator of the exhibit. Middle East Cultures: Preserving the Past Presented in conjunction with the Middle East Center at Penn August 23, 2016 8:30 AM– 12:15 PM Dr. Salam Al Kuntar presents the work of the Penn Museum’s Cultural Heritage Center on Safeguarding the Heritage of Syria and Iraq Project (SHOSI), a project which protects Syrian and Iraqi cultural heritage by empowering the Syrians and Iraqis to preserve their own cultural artifacts and sites. After the talk, teachers participate in a guided gallery exploration using object-based learning strategies to explore and study of real Turkish cultural treasures in The Golden Age of King Midas exhibition. MESOPOTAMIAN MADNESS: Teachers and Scholars Creating Curriculum Together Presented in conjunction with the International Association for Assyriology and sponsored by the Unpacking the Past program at the Penn Museum July 14th and July 15th, 2016, 8:00am – 3:00pm Teachers participate in hands-on workshops and talks led by international scholars visiting Philadelphia for their annual conference. As partners, teachers and scholars will produce materials and lessons for teaching about Mesopotamia that are not only easy for teachers to use and adapt, but are also animated by a sense of discovery and are informed by the latest research. Special Education Programs at the Penn Museum Sponsored in part by PECO August 26, 2015 , 8:00 am – 1:00 pm School District of Philadelphia Autistic Support, Life Skills Support, and Multiple Disability Support teachers preview our new educational offerings for students with disabilities. Our interactive and multisensory programs include gallery tours, Museum workshops, classroom outreach lessons, distance learning, and our Loan Box program. Teachers at this workshop preview how our programs build upon classroom studies of functional academics, social and interpersonal communication skills, and domestic maintenance. Inquiry and the Ancients: A Mini Teacher Institute Presented in conjunction with the University City Science Center and sponsored in part by PECO July 13 - July 14, 2015 , 8:00 am - 3:00 pm The educational value of a class visit to the Penn Museum can be greatly enhanced by what happens before and after the trip.  Participants in this Mini Institute learn from leading experts in the field of archaeology, receive behind the scenes tours of the Penn Museum’s world-class collections, and are given time and space to work collaboratively with other teachers to create extension lessons for their classrooms using inquiry-driven approaches. Native American Peoples: Past and Present Teacher Institute Presented in conjunction with the Yale Peabody Museum February 18 – February 19, 2015, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM The Institute assists and inspires teachers to create a curriculum that highlights Native American culture of past and present. Sessions will highlight the Penn Museum’s incredible collection of Native American objects and knowledgeable curators and professors.


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 Archaeological Adventures homeschool days throughout the year to explore the museum with other students and families. Plan a Field Trip Download Our 2017-2018 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. Hands-on Workshops bring the past to life through interactive 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 Throughout the year, we welcome homeschool and cyber school families to participate in our themed Archaeological Adventures. Explore our galleries with a guided tour, visit conservators in the Artifact Lab, join a hands-on workshop or a storytelling session, or make archaeology-inspired artwork. Advance registration is required. We cannot guarantee space in our programs on the day of an event without advance registration. Book today to reserve your spot! With an Archaeological Adventures Ticket, You Save! Your admission to Homeschool Day includes the opportunity to visit the museum, take guided tours, and participate in workshops and drop-in activities with 20% savings. Regular cost of a visit with programs includes: Admission (Children): $10 Guided Tour Fee: $2 per student (10 student minimum) Workshop Fee: $100 per session (up to 30 students) Homeschool Day admission and program costs: $12 per child/ adult. One adult per family is free and children 3 and under are free. Reservations are required and can be booked through the event listings below.


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