Artifact Loan Boxes

Enhance your classroom or other educational setting with incredible artifacts from our teaching collection that focus on the daily life of ancient world cultures. These object sets provide primary and sources to engage students for up to a month. Students can foster deeper connections to other cultures by touching and studying replica artifacts.

About the Program

Artifact Loan Boxes are great complements for history and world cultures classes but they can be used for library displays, language and visual art courses (creative writing, drawing, 3-D scanning, design, etc.). These also are serve as engaging pre-and post-experiences for students that visit the Penn Museum for tours and workshops.

Artifact Loan Boxes feature:

Select From the Following Options:

The following themes connect directly to our signature galleries.


African Continent
Immerse students in the diverse array of cultures represented on the continent of Africa. Investigate musical instruments, ritual masks, wooden figures, and clothing that vary in material and design to discover the similarities and differences between African countries.

Connects to: Africa Gallery, International Classroom programs

Explore ancient mummification with select funerary artifacts. Learn more about domestic life and society with objects related to writing, agriculture, and entertainment. Dive deeper into ancient Egyptian studies with an array of robust activities, articles, and visuals.

Connects to: Egypt Gallery, Ancient Egypt: From Discovery to Display, Mummy Makers Workshop, Egyptian False Doors Workshop, International Classroom programs

Ancient World

Classical World
Explore the Classical world with artifacts from Etruscan, Greek, and Roman civilizations. Study the coins, votive figures, and drinking vessels to learn the story of these influential cultures.

Connects to: Greek Gallery, Etruscan Italy Gallery, Rome Gallery, Digging Up Rome Interactive Workshop, Daily Life in Ancient Rome, International Classroom Programs

Bring the earliest civilization to life with Mesopotamian replica artifacts! Discover how the first cities, writing system, and mythologies developed over time with close study of raw materials, cuneiform tablets, votive figures, and more.

Connects to: Middle East Gallery, Make a Lasting Impression: Cylinder Seals, We Are What We Wear: Adornment in the Ancient Middle East, International Classroom Programs


Asian Continent
Explore the vast continent of Asia with domestic artifacts and artworks from China, Japan, Thailand, and India. Reveal the thread linking the major cultural traditions in Asia through Buddhist artifacts, activities, and Penn Museum publications.

Connects to: China and Japan Galleries; International Classroom Programs

Explore the rich history of China through the examination of paper cutouts, currency, replica tomb figures, silk textiles, and more! Religious and scholastic artifacts encourage a deeper understanding of daily life in ancient China.

Connects to: China and Japan Galleries, Inquiry into China, Dating in Style; International Classroom Programs

Analyze the deep cultural traditions of India with exploration of musical instruments, embroidered textiles, and cosmetic artifacts. Religious figurines, artworks, and Diwali Lamps foster a deeper understanding of spiritual beliefs.

Connects to: International Classroom Programs

Porcelain painted vessels, along with a manuscript and tea set, provide insight into cultural traditions, past and present. Learn more about Japanese Buddhist practices through the association of Amid Buddha statue and Singing Bowl set.

Connects to: Japan Galleries; International Classroom Programs

North America

Native American Voices
Authentic replicas range from the Southwest to the Arctic describe diverse Native American tribes. Gain a better understanding of indigenous cultures by drawing the comparisons between tools, textiles, raw materials, and more! Refer to the vocabulary list, maps, and lesson plans in the Educator Guide to structure appropriate groups discussion and activities.

Connects to: Native American Voices: The People Here and Now exhibition, International Classroom programs

South America

Mayan Civilization
Explore spindles, looms, textiles, and jade ear flares provide insight into the daily life of ancient Mayans. Examination of replica pendants, stela, and craved bones allow close investigation of ancient Mayan glyphs.

Connects to: Mexico and Central America Gallery, International Classroom

Mexico and Central America
Investigate the rich cultural traditions of Mesoamerica, the birthplace of the Maya and Aztecs, with artifacts from common kitchen tools to replica stela that commemorate the power of ancient rulers.

Connects to: Mexico and Central America Gallery, International Classroom

Booking Information

Age All Ages
Length 30 Days (one month)
Price $95 for one month loan
Add on an Artifact Loan Box! $75 for a one-month loan if you’ve purchased other Penn Museum programs
Pick-Up Timing Monday to Friday 8:00am to 3:00pm. Teacher must pick up and return Loan Boxes
When to Book Reservations must be finalized by the 10th of the month prior to your Loan Box loan month