Discover ancient civilizations and explore modern cultures through remarkable objects and powerful stories that emerge from the Museum’s extraordinary expeditions across the world. These artifacts illustrate the human story: who we are and where we came from. A Museum visit helps your students understand how culture affected people in the past and how it affects our lives today.
Using artifacts as evidence, our galleries show students that we are still learning about history through new discoveries. Stories of human history align with academic standards in many subjects, including social studies, science, and visual, performing, and English Language arts. We offer programs that meet the needs of all learners, including accessible programs that focus on social skills and functional academics.
What can archaeology teach my class?
Archaeologists aren’t treasure hunters, they’re evidence seekers. Artifacts help archaeologists reconstruct human history. The Penn Museum will help your students sharpen their observational and analytical skills as they learn to see ancient artifacts as evidence of the past.
What can anthropology teach my class?
Anthropology is the study of humankind, past and present. The Penn Museum can help your students appreciate how culture affected people in the past and how it affects their lives today.
Museum Field Trips
Explore the human experience through one of the greatest collections of ancient artifacts from around the world. A visit to the Penn Museum allows students to extend their learning and explore their curiosity through tours, workshops, and more.
Explore the Penn Museum without leaving your school or community space. We bring the museum to you through video conferencing technology, outreach educators, and artifact loan boxes. Traveling programs can also be paired with museum visits to extend the experience and deepen student engagement.
Explore ancient cultures while reinforcing goals from your students’ Individualized Education Programs. Our multisensory access programs intertwine academics with social and life skills, and are appropriate for students with cognitive, sensory, motor, mobility, and behavioral disabilities.
Title I Schools
Explore the Penn Museum through free programs available to Title I Schools in Philadelphia and the surrounding region. A Museum visit helps your students understand how culture affected people in the past and how it affects our lives today. We offer programs that meet the needs of all learners, including accessible programs that focus on social skills and functional academics.
Unpacking the Past
This program is made possible by the generosity of the following donors:
- Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation
- Albert A. Ciardi III, W88
- Marie A. Conn, Ph.D.
- Kristin Davidson, CGS84, GED88
- Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation
- Pamela Freyd, Ph.D., GED68, GR81, and Peter Freyd, Ph.D., PAR
- Ghislain Gouraige, Jr., C80, and Marjorie P. Gouraige, PAR
- GRoW Annenberg Foundation
- Diane von Schlegell Levy and Robert M. Levy, WG74
- Merle-Smith Educational Endowment
- Jill Meyer
- Morel Family Foundation, Lauren Bayster-Morel and Donald Morel, Jr., Ph.D.
- Agnes M. Mulroney, CW57, PAR
- National Endowment for the Arts
- Barbara Rittenhouse
- Kathryn Sorkin and Sanford Sorkin, W67
- Lee Evan Tabas, C72, ME72, and Nancy Freeman Tabas, PAR
- Jeffrey Weiss and Jill Topkis Weiss, C89, WG93, PAR
The International Classroom program is made possible by the generosity of the International Classroom Endowment and the Charles C. Harrison Endowment.
Inquiry Into China
Inquiry Into China is made possible by the generosity of the Freeman Foundation.
The Global Guides: Immigrant Stories Tour Program is made possible by the generosity of the Barra Foundation.
Access Programs are made possible by the generosity of the Albert B. Millet Memorial Fund, administered by BNY Mellon Wealth Management, and the Museum Education Endowment.