University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Summer Camp

Brand new for summer 2018, Junior Anthropologists Summer Camp invites our youngest campers to explore the Penn Museum through structured, hands-on activities. Junior Anthropologists is designed for children aged 6 who will be entering grades 1st grade for the 2018-2019 school year.

If your child is 7-13 years old and will be entering 2nd-8th grade this fall, check out our Anthropologists in the Making summer camp!

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

Camp Themes

July 9-13

What’s Anthropology?

Participate in activities that celebrate the different branches of anthropology! You can help excavate a simulated dig site, learn about alphabets and how they’re used, and explore cultures from around the globe.

July 16-20

Fables and Folktales

Explore the world through myths, legends, and origin stories. Discover how the stars found their place in the sky, learn about the thirteen moons on Turtle’s shell, and design your own animal mask.

August 6-10

Digging Up Rome and Greece

Do you have what it takes to be an archaeologist? Dig up artifacts from Rome and Greece and discover the stories that they tell. Explore what it means to be a gladiator, design your own coins, and help build a life-sized sculpture!

August 13-17

Sold Out: Mummies and the Afterlife

Discover how Ancient Egyptians celebrated life after death. Design your own shabti, create an animal mummy, visit In the Artifact Lab and chat with a conservator. You might even get to meet a mummy!

The waitlist for sold out sessions can be accessed through the registration website. If you have any specific questions about camp sessions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.. As of May 1 we are no longer accepting scholarship applications for the 2018 camp season. Applications for the 2019 camp season will be available starting in February 2019.

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?

Junior Anthropologists will cap at 15 campers.

Will campers in Junior Anthropologists interact with older campers from Anthropologists in the Making?

Yes. Both camps will have lunch and outdoor play time together. They will also be attending the weekly World Wonders presentation on Wednesdays together. Junior Anthropologists will be in their own camp group 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 two counselors, approximately two volunteers per week, and two camp directors. The camper to counselor ratio is approximately 1 counselor per 8 children.

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 5 years-old. Can I enroll him/her?

If your child has completed kindergarten and will be attending first grade during the upcoming school year, you may enroll him/her for Camp 2018.

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 refunded. Refunds 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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