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Virtual Programs

Unable to visit as often as you would like? Then the Museum can come to you using video chat technology a museum educator will provide a museum-themed lesson in real-time. Our virtual workshops are designed to involve students through inquiry, object analysis, hands-on activities, and demonstrations.

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Virtual Workshop 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 Programs are tied to the US 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.

Daily Life in Ancient Rome

Grades: 5-8

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 Romans.

mesopotamia archaeological site

Mesopotamia: Journey to the City

Grades: 5-8

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 in the Middle East. Investigate some of Mesopotamia’s innovations: the writing system, law code, and professionalization of labor. Through interactive conversations, students discover how these ancient cities, in many ways, are not very different from their own.

view into domus

Mummy Makers

Grades: 5-8

Ever wonder how and why the ancient Egyptians mummified their dead? Learn how to be an ancient Egyptian embalmer and prepare Mr. Ulysses Penn for his journey to the afterlife! Using fabricated mummies, students will explore mummification through each step of the process, including brain removal, evisceration, desiccation, and wrapping. This workshop uses life-like mummies.

depiction of the egyptian afterlife

Preserving the Past

Grades: 6-8, 9-10

What role does a conservator play in preserving the past? Learn how we care for our ancient artifacts as students investigate the science behind deterioration and preservation by practicing the basics of conservation, viewing examples of conservation in the Museum’s collection and the incredible work of Penn Museum conservators.

a penn museum curator at work

Technology Requirements

Not to worry, we can connect with most classrooms without the need for special equipment! We now use a cloud-based bridge that supports most internet-supported hardware such as video conferencing systems (H.323), laptops, desktops and mobile devices.

Plan Your Virtual Visit

Please use our Plan Your Trip button on the Traveling Programs Homepage to begin scheduling your Virtual Programs with the Penn Museum. You will be contacted by our Outreach Programs Manager directly after your virtual request is received to discuss program details and to schedule a Tech Check. These 15-minute test call is scheduled one week prior your first virtual visit and is conducted to determine the integrity of the connection between the Penn Museum and participating institution.

Cost: (30 student per workshop)

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For the fourth 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.