Onsite Workshops

Explore ancient worlds through hands-on workshops led by experienced museum educators. Students learn how to use artifacts as primary sources to understand the past. Life-like props and replica artifacts give students of all abilities and ages fun, interactive learning experiences.

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Elementary School Learners

Best for Grades: Pre-K-2; Also Available for Grades: 3-5

Roman Marketplace

Do as the Romans do and take part in an interactive ancient Roman marketplace. This workshop highlights social interaction, emotional response, and functional mathematics in a simulated marketplace. Students wear togas, handle reproductions of ancient artifacts, and use all their senses to shop the Roman market using differentiated budgets.

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Make a Lasting Impression

Cylinder Seals

Discover what life was like in ancient Mesopotamia through the study of cylinder seals. These tiny stone artifacts function as the earliest known signatures, and the names and images on these objects tell us about the identities of ancient people. Students create their own cylinder seals and impress them into “clay.”

examples of past and present cities
Ceramic figurines of camels with saddles on them.

Legendary Creatures of China

Real and Imaginary

Discover the animals of China and learn if they are real or imaginary! Educators share the historic and cultural stories of these creatures in an interactive presentation. Students will then use their fine motor skills to sculpt their own legendary creature. This workshop uses simple one step directions and a variety of choice, so students create personalized creatures as unique as the students themselves.

An ancient Egyptian false door covered in hieroglphys juxtaposed next to a modern day wooden door in a doorframe.

Preparing for Eternity

False Doors

What did the inside of an ancient Egyptian tomb look like? What did people take with them into the afterlife? Students learn about hieroglyphs, tomb offerings, and false doors—ancient Egyptian passageways between the worlds of the living and the dead. Students then create their own false doors by drawing hieroglyphs, ancient Egyptian art motifs, and the things they’d take to the afterlife.

Middle School Learners

Best for Grades: 6-8; Also Available for Grades: 3-5
A watercolor map of the world.

Culture is Normal

Global Classroom Experiences

Unpack the meaning of culture and explore learning experiences across the globe! Students will reflect on and discuss a selection of school cultures from around the world, then participate in a critical thinking and empathy exercise about engaging with people who hold different norms than their own.

A ceramic statue of a luohan in a green and orange draped robe.

Dating with Style

China’s Material Culture Through Time

Students learn how archaeologists use style analysis to place artifacts in the correct time period. Students take a close look at three distinct dynasties from ancient China and learn about the artistic styles that represent each period. Students are challenged to closely observe replica artifacts and determine when they were made.

Digging Up Rome

How do archaeologists interpret artifacts? Photos and video footage tell the story of Penn Museum excavations of the ancient Roman world. Students practice archaeological site interpretation, handle replica artifacts, and make observations and inferences to draw conclusions about the people that lived there.

penn archaeologists digging in Rome
Depiction of farming in ancient Egypt.

Daily Life in Ancient Egypt

The ancient Egyptians continue to inspire and amaze us today. But who were they? Students will discover the lives of real Egyptians by exploring some of the things they left behind.

High School Learners

Best for Grades: 6-8; Also Available for Grades: 3-5

The Carbon Clock

Radioactivity and Archaeological Dating

Museums, textbooks, and documentaries are filled with important dates, but where do these come from? Dating artifacts by measuring radioactive carbon-14 plays an important part in our understanding of the past. Students discover the links between science and history while using their critical thinking and Algebra/Trigonometry skills to interpret an ancient site.

example of topology by comparing age of two devices

Access Programs

The Penn Museum welcomes all types of learners to participate in Interactive Workshops. New Access programs include the Roman Marketplace, In Touch with Ancient Egypt, Touch Tours and Workshops, and a Faces Tour. Visit our Access Programs page for more information.

Teacher Programs

Do these programs sound like fun for educators or adults? They are! Book a workshop as part of your professional development experience or an adult group workshop.

Booking Information

Ages See Workshop Descriptions
Length 1 hour
Price $125 per workshop plus group admission
Group Size 30 student maximum
Timing Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
When to Book At least 6-8 weeks in advance