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Graduate Guides

The Graduate Guides program allows the Penn Museum to share knowledge of the human story through graduate student-led tours and provides students with experience using the galleries to share their expertise with the public and with University classes.

How to Become a Graduate Guide


Graduate Guides must be approved by the Museum before giving tours of the galleries. The Graduate Guides program offers trainings, guidance, and resources to lead engaging and informative tours of the Penn Museum. To find out more, email the program managers.

New Graduate Guide Training Dates

  • Day 1: Learning to Guide Tours
    Saturday, September 10th, 9am-5pm
    Penn Museum, Widener Auditorium
    Breakfast and lunch provided
  • Day 2: Leading Difficult Conversations
    Monday, October 17th, 5-9pm
    Penn Museum, Widener Auditorium
    Dinner provided

Attendance at both sessions is required. Please RSVP by Monday, September 5th.


Full-time graduate students enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania are eligible to become Graduate Guides.

Graduate Guides should have knowledge and experience related to the Museum’s collections and research and should be able to incorporate their own relevant expertise into their tours.

Tour Information

Graduate Guides provide tours for the visiting public and University classes.

Types of Tours
Graduate Guides will lead Museum Highlights tours, themed tours, and tours of specific galleries. See a list of the tours offered here.

Graduate Guides receive payment for each 50-minute tour given. To receive payment, students must be eligible to be paid by the University. A student who is not eligible to be paid is still welcome to participate as a volunteer.

Program Managers

Sarah Linn, Penn Museum Research Liason

Amanda Grady, Penn Museum Group Sales Manager


Academic Engagement Department