Interactive Virtual Learning Programs
We’ve missed you! We are thrilled to expand upon our award-winning Interactive Virtual Programs this fall, in addition to online experiences. Contact us to find creative ways to meet your learning needs and fit your budget.
Bring the Penn Museum to you using video chat technology! Interact LIVE with a Museum educator, as you are guided through a virtual learning experience that highlight parts of our collections through conversations, object analysis, and making activities. Our Virtual Programs are easily adjusted to fit learning levels of any group!
Virtual Visit Offerings
“Students were able to use information they had learned in a different environment and context. It made the class material applicable and added depth to their knowledge and understanding.”
Virtual visits are often used a curriculum enhancement or enrichment for K–12 school groups. Certain programs have associated activity materials that will be provided digitally for those able to print and distribute. If you have no access to a printer, all activities can be completed with a blank sheet of paper. Virtual Programs are tied to the U.S. national education standard in Common Core and engage key 21st-century skills such as cross-disciplinary thinking and media literacy, as well as Global Competencies.
Dating with Style
China’s Material Culture
Students learn how archeologists use style analysis to identify when an artifact was made. Students take a close look at three distinct dynasties from ancient China and learn about the artistic styles that represent each period. Then, they are challenged to closely observe replica artifacts and determine when they were made.
*Program Materials: Paper and writing utensils
Greece & Rome
Coins in the Ancient World
Coins can do more than make you wealthy! Discover more about the materials, symbols, and making process of coins to learn more about the messages they carry. Through interactive conversations, students will discuss coins they see in their lives. Together they will assist our Museum educator in creating a ‘class coin’ live, as students work on their own coin with a design that sends a message meant to be seen by the world!
*Program Materials: Paper, writing utensils, scissors, and tape/glue
Daily Life in Ancient Rome
Embark on a virtual tour of a lavish Roman home to learn how to speak and write the real Latin terms for each room. Students will look closely at classical artifacts that would have been used inside the house to better understand the day-to-day lives of ancient Romans.
Preparing for Eternity
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.
*Program Materials: Paper, ruler, and writing utensils
Ever wonder how and why the ancient Egyptians mummified their dead? See how ancient Egyptian embalmed and prepared mummies for their journey to the afterlife! Using interactive demonstrations, students will explore mummification through each step of the process, including brain removal, evisceration, desiccation, and wrapping. This workshop uses realistic mummies as props.
Making a Lasting Impression
Discover what life was like in ancient Mesopotamia through the study of cylinder seals. These tiny stone artifacts function as the earliest known signatures, with names and images that tell us about the identities of ancient people. Students will create their own cylinder seal registers using pictures to represent what makes them unique.
*Program Materials: Paper and writing utensils
Journey to the City
Vividly explore the ‘cradle of civilization’ through artifacts from the earliest settlements, temples, and royal tombs. Learn how ancient Mesopotamian societal practices gave rise to the world’s first cities through investigation of Penn’s archaeological digs. Investigate some of Mesopotamia’s innovations: writing, law code, and professionalization of labor. Through interactive conversations, students discover how these ancient cities, in many ways, were not very different from their own.
*Program Materials: Worksheet and pencil
Can You Match That X-Ray?
Do you have the eye to preserve archaeological discoveries? Learn how scientists use technology and observation to reveal what lies under the wrappings of mummies! Then test your skills with a matching game that requires students to closely study x-rays of animal mummies in the Penn Museum!
Preserving the Past
How is science used to preserve ancient artifacts? Investigate the science of deterioration and preservation by walking through the real treatment of an ancient Egyptian funerary object in the Penn Museum collection. Participants practice the basics of conservation to simulate how the Museum cares for and learns from ancient artifacts.
Around the World
Explore the World!
Join the crew for a digital journey around the world! Discover amazing artifacts left behind by great queens and kings. Move from the trade routes of the Silk Road to the pueblos of North America. Your fellow teammates will help you pass some challenges along the way!
Join the crew for a digital journey around the continent of Africa! Explore a kingdom so rich they used gold dust for money. Discover the central role African civilizations have always played in world history! Your fellow voyagers will help you explore along the way!
Join the crew for a digital journey to Egypt! Examine art of the pharaohs to decipher their ancient codes of communication. Discover what mummies don’t take with them to the Afterlife. Follow along an ancient story that explains why mummies are wrapped. Your fellow voyagers will help you explore along the way!
Destination North America!
Join the crew for a digital journey around the continent of North America! See some of the oldest artifacts, made by first inhabitants of the Americas. Hear stories passed down from hundreds of generations of Native Americans about the nature of our world. You and your fellow voyagers will encounter artifacts from many different Native American tribes.
Destination Mexico & Central America!
Join the crew for a digital journey around Mexico & Central America! Visit some of the amazing cities that filled this area before European contact. You and your fellow voyagers will decode ancient writing together. See the legacy of incredible civilizations including the Aztec and Maya today.
Virtual International Classroom Programs
Bring experts with first-hand knowledge of archaeology, cultures, and global perspectives to your students. Learn more about virtual International Classroom programs and their fascinating speakers.
Not to worry, we are able to connect with you without the need of any special equipment or extra downloads! After you schedule your program, you will have access to technical support from our staff.
While we are able to connect on any digital platform, the Penn Museum continues to use the BlueJeans Network as our dedicated bridge, which allows us to connect with most internet-supported hardware, such as video conferencing systems (H.323), laptop and desktop computers, and mobile devices.
**For the second consecutive year, BlueJeans Network received a top rating as one of the most secure and dependable video conferencing software by TrustRadius.
Plan Your Virtual Visit
Please use our Request Your Program button on the top of this page to submit your program interests. You will be contacted by our staff directly after your virtual request is received to discuss program details and to schedule a Tech Check to ensure smooth connections between the Museum and participating institution.
Cost: (30 student per workshop)
- $150.00 for each 50-minute program
- $225.00 for each Virtual International Classroom Workshop offering
- Submit a virtual program request form by November 1 to receive $50 off your order
Based on Class Size:
- 1-30 students are recognized as one class
- 30-60 students are recognized as two classes
- 60-90 students are recognized as three classes
Special offerings providing priority scheduling and dedicated technical support through year
Reserve programs in bundles of 6 or 12 to fit learners of all levels.
- Global Collection: Global Connection
3-part miniseries about world cultures for grades K-12!
For the fifth consecutive year, the Penn Museum’s Virtual Programs and workshops, offered locally, nationally, and internationally, have been honored with a Pinnacle Award from the Center of Interactive Learning and Collaborations (CILC). This prestigious award is based on program evaluation ratings from participating educators.