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Loan Boxes

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:

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.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.


Academic Engagement Department