University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Summer Camp

Celebrating 20 years of engaging children with summer fun and learning through Penn Museum’s world-renowned collections. Anthropologists in the Making is designed for children ages 7-13 who will be entering grades 2nd – 8th for the 2018-2019 school year.

If your child is 6 years old and will be entering 1st grade this fall, check out our brand new Junior Anthropologists summer camp!

Click the "Register" button above to register or to access your online account to make additional payments.

Camp Themes

Week 1 – June 25-29

Adventures on the Nile

Journey to Egypt and explore the culture of the Nile River Valley. Discover what daily life was like in Ancient Egypt, design a model boat to travel down the Nile, learn to write your name in hieroglyphs, and hear stories from Egyptian Mythology.

Week 2 – July 2-6, *no camp on Wednesday July 4

Stories from North America

Storytelling in an integral of part of Native American history. Join us as we explore Native American culture through storytelling, music, and art-making. Explore Native American celebrations, feast days, rituals, and more by sampling foods, creating pottery, and designing your own wampum.

Week 3 – July 9-13

Anthropology 101

There are four branches in anthropology – biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and archaeology. Explore the field of anthropology by participating in activities that celebrate all four fields. Excavate a simulated dig site, learn about the development of the alphabet, and explore cultural values from around the globe.

Week 4 – July 16-20

Myths and Legends

Did you know that myths have been used to explain meteors, eclipses, earthquakes, and floods for millennia? Explore cultures around the world through myths, legends, and origin stories. Discover how the stars found their place in the sky and how angry gods unleased massive flooding. Create a mythical creature, write you own origin story, and design a personal amulet.

Week 5 – July 23-27

Ancient Engineering

Explore the architecture of Ancient Rome, Greece, Egypt, Mesopotamia and more! Embrace your inner engineer and design your own city. Construct model buildings, roads, and bridges and test how your creations hold up to earthquake and volcano simulations.

Week 6 – July 30-August 3

Game, Set, Match

Games have existed throughout time and across continents. Discover the different types of games hidden in our galleries. Challenge a fellow camper to a game of Senet, design your own mancala board, and create your very own game.

Week 7 – August 6-10

Unearthing Rome and Greece

Do you have what it takes to be an archaeologist? Uncover artifacts that tell the story of the ancient Mediterranean world. Explore the world of Etruscan women, discover the importance of Demeter, and learn about what life was like in the Ancient Mediterranean. Design a votive, etch your own coins, and build your own model house.

Week 8 – August 13-17

Unwrapping the Afterlife

Discover how Ancient Egyptians celebrated life after death. Explore what hides behind the façade of a pyramid, design your own shabti, create a tomb mural, and more. Visit In the Artifact Lab and chat with a conservator. You might even get to meet a mummy!

Tuition & Fees

A limited amount of partial scholarships ($100 off tuition) are available until May 1. To be considered for the scholarship, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Register by May 1: $280 Members / $300 Non-members per week
Register after May 1: $300 Members / $320 Non-members per week
Pre-camp (8:00am - 9:00am): $5 per day/$25 per week
After-camp (3:00pm - 5:30pm): $12 per day/$60 per week

Frequently Asked Questions

What time does camp begin each day? What time does camp end?

Camp sessions run from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

I am filing out my taxes and need a receipt and the Museum's Tax Id number. How do I access this information?

The Museum's tax id is 23-1352685. To obtain a receipt, you may access your online account.

I am a Penn staff/faculty member. Do I receive the Member discount?

Only families who enroll at the Household level and above are eligible for Camp discounts. Penn staff/faculty are not automatically members at this level. This is a separate $95 (fully tax-deductible) fee. Learn more about Penn Museum Household membership.

How many campers can enroll in a session? What are the popular themes? Does the camp sell out?

We cap each week to 70 campers. Most sessions sell out each year, so registering before May 1 is encouraged. Our most popular themes each year include the mock excavation week, the Egypt week, and the Classical week. Every year, we get an increasing number of campers who return.

About how many weeks do children attend? Do most children attend all eight weeks? Do you get new campers?

Most campers attend at least two sessions; they likely attend these back-to-back. Each year, several campers attend all eight sessions. About half of the campers return from the year prior, while half of the campers are new each year.

How are the campers divided, or do all ages interact with each other?

Campers are divided into four separate groups of about 17 campers. These groups are based on age and break down (approximately) as follows: 7-8; 8-9; 9-10; 11-13. The group of 7 to 9-year-olds and the group of 9 to 13-year-olds visit different areas of the Museum and interact with each other from 9:30am – 10:30am. During lunch and outdoor play times, the whole camp is together. The camp breaks into the four separate age groups for Snack Time, hands-on components, behind-the-scenes activities, and Camp Recap.

What is the ratio of campers to counselors? Are the counselors high school students?

All counselors are 21 or older, must have had previous experience working with children, and must pass clearances. Camp volunteers, who are teens, act as assistants to the camp staff. Camp staff include eight counselors, approximately three to five volunteers per week, and two camp directors. Two counselors are assigned to about 18 campers each week; therefore, the ratio is about 1 counselor to 9 campers.

Do you offer a sibling discount?

We do not offer a sibling discount. Please consider becoming a Member to receive discounts. Learn more about Penn Museum membership.

My child is 6 years-old. My child is turning 14. Can I enroll him/her?

If your child has completed first grade, you may enroll him/her for Camp 2018. If your child is 6 years old and entering first grade this fall, you may want to consider enrolling him/her in our brand new Junior Anthropologists summer camp.

If your child is turning 14 and entering eighth grade, consider a Camp volunteer position for him/her.

My child can no longer attend the camp. Are any of the fees refundable or transferable?

The $100 deposit, due at time of registration, is non-refundable. If you cancel your child’s registration three or more weeks prior to the start date of the session, all tuition and fees (minus the deposit) will be refundedRefunds cannot be given if you cancel a session two weeks or less prior to the session start date. If your child wants to enroll in a different session, we will be able to transfer all funds paid to a different session (no penalties) if the space is available and if you decide to transfer three or more weeks prior to the start date of the session.

I just registered online. Will I receive additional paperwork? When do I have to make additional payments?

You will receive a confirmation e-mail upon registration. You will receive additional mandatory paperwork, via e-mail, by Monday June 4, 2018. These forms must be completed and returned two weeks prior to the start of your child’s camp session. If you create an online account at time of registration, you may log into your account at any time to make additional payments. Balances are due two weeks prior to the start of each camp session. You will be enrolled in automatic billing and the remaining balance will be withdrawn from your account two weeks prior to each camp week start date.

I’m not sure if I’ll need pre- and after-camp. Should I enroll anyway?

If you think that you may need pre- or after-camp, enroll at time of registration. No payment is needed at time of registration for pre/after-camp. Payments for pre- and after-camp can be paid ongoing during the week of your child’s session.


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