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Learning Program guided Tours at the Penn Museum..

Get more from your trip by booking a guided tour! Experienced museum guides lead your students through gallery highlights, answer their questions, and share behind-the-scenes stories of the Museum, all in about an hour.

Tour Information

For K-2 students, we recommend our Storytime Expeditions instead of Guided Tours.

AGES All ages
LENGTH 1 hour
PRICE $2 per participant per tour + Group Admission ($7 per student, $12 per adult)
1 FREE teacher chaperone or adult per every 10 students
GROUP SIZE 30-student maximum per tour (22-student maximum for Greece)
Groups with less than 10 students will be charged for 10 students
1 chaperone is REQUIRED for every 10 students
TIMING Tuesday–Friday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
WHEN TO BOOK At least 6-8 weeks in advance
HOW TO BOOK Fill out Online Request Form: or contactThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Select from the following tours:

  • Africa
    The continent of Africa is home to a wealth of cultures. Masterpieces of mask making and artifacts from the Asante Kingdom are just some of the favorites in this gallery.
  • Canaan and Israel
    These cultures are crossroads of the ancient world, with strong influences from Egypt to the Near East. A model of an ancient house—with its ‘kitchen,’ ‘office,’ and ‘pantry’—brings this gallery to life.
  • China
    See everything from oracle bones—the origin of Chinese writing—to the crystal ball of the Dowager Empress of China in this eclectic gallery. A beautiful collection of artwork reveals the importance Buddhism in China.
  • Egypt
    With one of the most impressive collections of Egyptian artifacts in the world, Penn Museum offers a one-of-a-kind Egypt tour that includes mummies, sarcophagi, and the largest sphinx in North America.
  • Etruscan/Roman World
    Forefathers of the Romans, the Etruscans were an influential ancient civilization. This tour includes standouts from both the Etruscan and Rome Galleries, including bronze armor.
  • Greece
    Dozens of Greek painted vases and hand-minted coins introduce your students to everything from mythology to daily life in ancient Greece.
  • Mexico & Central America:
    Birthplace of the Maya and Aztec civilizations, Mexico & Central America have rich cultural traditions. Discover artifacts from an ancient ballgame, and stand in awe under the large stone stela monuments.
  • Middle East (Mesopotamia):
    The Middle East is home to the world’s oldest civilization, Mesopotamia. Learn about this culture from the marvelous artifacts discovered by Penn Museum archaeologists.
  • Native American Voices
    Interactive technology brings this gallery to life, introducing visitors to the diverse Native American people of today. Hear their voices as you discover cultural artifacts ranging from the Southwest to the Arctic.
  • Rome
    Get an inside look into the politics, religion, and art of the Roman world by examining artifacts. Ancient materials of marble, metal, and glass tell the stories of this influential civilization.
  • Special Exhibition Tour
    Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq

    Archeological sites in Iraq and Syria headline international news, as the destruction of cultural heritage becomes both a by-product and a tactic of ongoing war. Ancient artifacts and contemporary art convene to tell a story of the continuum between the past and present-day lives. Suggested for Grades 9-12.


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