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Penn Instructors

Academic Engagement staff are working to make sure that the Fall semester is successful, in whatever form it takes. In the best-case scenario, we hope to see you and your students in our galleries and collection study rooms this fall, but we are also preparing ways for you to access the Museum’s collections virtually. We hope that these options spark ideas about ways we can support your Fall teaching; please get in touch with us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to start planning as soon as you are ready.

  • Virtual Gallery Tours, prepared by our wonderful Graduate Guides, of our major galleries and exhibitions (currently in preparation). These 45-minute, pre-recorded tours can be paired with a live Q&A with the guide.
  • Robust Digital Collections of Penn Museum objects, archival photographs and documents, archival films, public lectures, and digital exhibits.
  • Support for Digital Curation using Penn Museum collections, to create a full Omeka digital exhibit or other digital humanities products like Neatline.
  • Collections Study Room “Studio Time” for filming your own course content with accessioned objects.
  • OBL Small-Group Sessions to foster engagement with collections. Academic Engagement staff can lead small groups of students through the process of ‘deep looking’ at an object from the collection. We can also train TAs to lead these sessions.
  • Loan Boxes from our Teaching Collections of non-accessioned objects, so you can prepare object-based lessons from your own home or office.
  • Impactful Student Projects that enhance our understanding of Penn Museum collections, including translation, digitization, object research, and research on the Museum’s history.

Visit the Museum

The Penn Museum’s collections hold over 1 million objects from across the span of human history up to the present day. Whether your content relates directly to the our collection, or if you’d like to use the Museum as a platform for developing other academic skills, we are glad to work with Penn faculty to create meaningful experiences that match curricular goals.

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Gallery Visits

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Collections Study Room

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Penn Museum Archives

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Museum-Intensive Courses

In Your Classroom

We understand that not all classes will be able to come to our building, so we offer several ways to bring the benefits of object-based learning into your regular classroom.

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Loan Boxes

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Workshops

Resources

Want to learn more about object-based learning theory and resources? Dig deeper into these resources.

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Sample Lessons & Activities

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Object-Based Teaching & Learning

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Faculty Workshops

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