University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Mother and Daughter looking at an object

Engage all of your senses in the Penn Museum’s Family Access Programs. Designed for visitors with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families, our multisensory accessible offerings use role play, storytelling, movement, and touch to bring the lives of the ancients to life.

Archaeology in the A.M.

Date Saturday 10 March 2018
Time 9:00AM – 10:00AM

Rise and shine with the mummies! For individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families, our early opening allows you to explore the Museum at your own pace before it opens to the public. Take part in a drop-in craft activity and introductory hieroglyph lesson, don the fashions of the ancients at our dress up station, and participate in an interactive storytime. Touchable replica artifacts will be accessible in many of our galleries, with educators stationed to answer your every curiosity. And extend your morning of fun by staying for our March Second Saturday program, beginning at 11:00AM!

A designated quiet space with dimmed lighting and fidgets will be accessible throughout the event, and a limited number of noise-reducing headphones will be available to borrow. Click here to download the accompanying social story.

Free with admission. Pre-registration is not required but RSVPs toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. are strongly encouraged.

Evening Expedition

Check back for our next Evening Expedition date!

Join other local families at the Penn Museum for an unforgettable night of sensory-friendly fun at our Evening Expedition. For ages 8 and up, 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 can engage with our ancient Peruvian mummy cart. The night will culminate with a flashlight tour of select Museum galleries.

Visit Resources

Customizable Visual Schedule

Use our Customizable Visual Schedule to plan your field trip together with your students. Preview the sensory-friendly aspects of our galleries and explore our collection, and then cut and paste your itinerary into a checklist for your students to use on their visit. Click here to download.

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.


Learning Programs Department


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