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Object Based Learning  Research at the Penn Museum..

The creation of Digital Exhibitions offers students and faculty the opportunity to curate objects and archival documents within a digital space. A online platform allows students to experiment, freed from the restrictions of a traditional exhibit, and to reach a wider audience.

Penn Museum invites Penn students and professors to explore their ideas through the development of an online exhibition:

  • in conjunction with their curricula.
  • as an individual project for a class or independent study.
  • as a student group project. 

The movement of this project from the storerooms to the classroom to the web has definitely reshaped the way that I interact with archeological sites and materials myself. It has also impacted how I think about processing and presenting information to the public. If I’m ever lucky enough to have the opportunity to work on this sort of project again, I would in a heartbeat!

Rebecca Vandewalle, Class of 2014

The projects can vary in size and scope, from singular object studies to larger assemblages and museum staff are available to help you to develop or focus your ideas. For questions, or to discuss how to get started, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Omeka – a Collections Publishing Platform

Developed by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University with an IMLS grant, Omeka is an open source web-publishing program specifically designed for use by museums, libraries, and similar institutions by providing them an easy to use application to create and publish their own collections based websites. Omeka continues to be supported and updated, and has an active online community of users. is supported by the Penn Libraries, who provide free accounts to Penn Students and Faculty. Both Library and Museum Staff can provide technical support for utilizing the Omeka platform.


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