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Guided Tours

Enhance your museum visit by booking an interactive guided tour! Experienced museum guides lead your students through gallery highlights, answer their questions, and share behind-the-scenes stories of the Museum.

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Tour Descriptions

Canaan and Israel

These cultures are crossroads of the ancient world, with strong influences from Egypt to the Near East. A model of an ancient house—with its “kitchen,” “office,” and “pantry”—provides visitors with useful comparisons between the past and today.

China

See everything from oracle bones—the origin of Chinese writing—to the crystal ball of the Dowager Empress of China in this eclectic gallery. A beautiful collection of large sculptures reveals the importance Buddhism in China and the secrets of the Silk Road.

Egypt

With one of the most impressive collections of Egyptian artifacts in the world, the Penn Museum offers a one-of-a-kind Egypt tour that includes mummies, sarcophagi, and intricately carved stone statues. Tours take visitors through our Egypt (Mummies) Gallery.

Rome and Etruscan Italy

Get an inside look into the Roman empire with glimpses of politics, religion, and art. A house model helps to illustrate daily Roman life, while ancient materials of marble, metal, and glass tell the stories of this influential civilization and their predecessors, the Etruscans.

Greece

Explore ancient Greek daily life, mythology, and everything in between through dozens of Greek painted vases and hand-minted coins. From gods and goddesses to animals, the images within this gallery bring Greek beliefs into focus.

Middle East (Mesopotamia)

See artifacts from ancient Mesopotamia and the world’s first city-dwellers, such as cuneiform tablets, the jewelry of an ancient queen, and temple statues! This tour demonstrates how civilization developed from small family settlements to a highly globalized world.

Native American Voices

Interactive technology brings this gallery to life, introducing visitors to the diverse Native American people of today. Hear their voices as you discover cultural artifacts ranging from the Southwest to the Arctic, from 10,000 years ago to today.

Africa

Discover the birthplace of humanity and its endless gifts to the world. Stand in the presence of masterpiece craftsmanship alongside artifacts from great kingdoms that tell stories about life on the continent and its cultural influences.

COMING IN NOVEMBER

Mexico and Central America

The birthplace of the Maya and Aztec civilizations, Mesoamerica has rich cultural traditions. Discover artifacts from an ancient ballgame and stand in awe under the large stone stela monuments that commemorate the power of ancient rulers.

COMING IN NOVEMBER

Additional Tour Options

Grades: Pre-K-2 – Storytime Expeditions
Grades: 9-12 – Global Guide Tours

Booking Information

For K-2 students, we recommend our Storytime Expeditions instead of Guided Tours.

Ages Grades: 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12
Length 1 hour
Price $2 per participant + Group Admission ($8 per student, $13 per adult)
1 FREE teacher chaperone or adult per every 10 students
Group Size 30-student maximum per tour (22-student maximum for Greece)
Groups with less than 10 students will be charged for 10 students
1 chaperone is REQUIRED for every 10 students
Timing Tuesday–Friday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
When to Book At least 6-8 weeks in advance
How to Book Fill out Online Request Form or contact education@pennmuseum.org

Contact

215.746.6774


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