University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

The Penn Museum welcomes and encourages undergraduate and graduate student researchers to make use of its collections for class projects and independent research. The Museum’s nearly one million artifacts are primary sources of the cultures that made and used them, from which students can draw information or inspiration whether for a senior thesis, master’s thesis, dissertation, journal article, conference poster, or independent study. Request An Appointment Getting Started Feel free to browse the galleries and exhibitions in person during our regular hours or access the collection from anywhere through our digital collections. The website also has articles, blogs, lectures, and miscellaneous projects by students, staff, and faculty that can provide a springboard to thinking about the many ways one can approach working with the Museum’s collection. Still not sure where to start? EmailThis email address is being protected from spambots. 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Some of the Museum’s most interesting, noteworthy, important, and informative artifacts are those on display. Student researchers are also free to photograph (without flash) or draw (dry materials only) in the galleries. Our ongoing Building Transformation has affected the availability and accessibility of some galleries. Please check the website before your visit for gallery closures or detours to ensure that you can access what you would like to see. Seeing Objects Not on Display If the objects you would like to study are not on display, however, please make an appointment with the above request form. In addition to a list of specific objects that you would like to see, please provide us with a brief description of your project and how your visit fits into it. All research requests must be received at least one week prior to the research appointment. Research appointments are available between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday, and are scheduled based on staff availability. Please see our Student Collections Research Policy for more information about your visit regarding object handling, photography, scientific testing, equipment, publications, and more. You can also email us atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak02a5b1efad455dbd348872a2d2e499ee').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy02a5b1efad455dbd348872a2d2e499ee = 'classuse' + '@'; addy02a5b1efad455dbd348872a2d2e499ee = addy02a5b1efad455dbd348872a2d2e499ee + 'pennmuseum' + '.' + 'org'; var addy_text02a5b1efad455dbd348872a2d2e499ee = ' classuse@pennmuseum.org';document.getElementById('cloak02a5b1efad455dbd348872a2d2e499ee').innerHTML += ''+addy_text02a5b1efad455dbd348872a2d2e499ee+''; with specific questions. Researching the Collection Museum Archives The Museum Archives is home to the Museum’s excavation and expedition records, administrative documents, film archives, photograph and drawing collections, and more. To visit the Archives, please emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak3c91745fd4bd6f672ff43f9db62da98e').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy3c91745fd4bd6f672ff43f9db62da98e = 'archives' + '@'; addy3c91745fd4bd6f672ff43f9db62da98e = addy3c91745fd4bd6f672ff43f9db62da98e + 'pennmuseum' + '.' + 'org'; var addy_text3c91745fd4bd6f672ff43f9db62da98e = ' archives@pennmuseum.org';document.getElementById('cloak3c91745fd4bd6f672ff43f9db62da98e').innerHTML += ''+addy_text3c91745fd4bd6f672ff43f9db62da98e+''; . Please note that visits to the Archives are by appointment only and may have limited accessibility during various phases of the Building Transformation Please check with Archives staff when you make your appointment about accessibility. Museum Library The Museum> Library collection specializes in resources that support research in archaeology, anthropology, and is home to two rare books collections. Located inside the Museum’s building, the Library is part of the greater Penn Library system and open to the public. Please check their website for hours. While appointments are not needed, you can schedule a consultation or instructional session with a librarian.


The Penn Museum Certificate in Object-Based Teaching and Learning provides a formalized opportunity for University of Pennsylvania graduate students in Museum-related disciplines to develop their skills in teaching with collections and material culture. The Penn Museum, as a world-class institution with diverse collections, is the ideal partner for formalizing pedagogical training in Object-Based Learning (OBL), to unify the disparate fields using the Museum, and to provide recognition of graduate students’ ability to teach with Museum objects and collections. Certificate Requirements Participation in the Graduate Guide program: develop and lead at least one gallery tour. Develop and execute an hour-long OBL classroom activity (including but not limited to leading a recitation in the Collections Study Room, Virtual or International Classroom, extra-curricular workshop, or Preceptorial). Attend 5 approved OBL Workshops (a combination of Center for Teaching & Learning and Museum-based workshops). Create a Museum- and Object-Based teaching statement, integrating with a larger teaching philosophy. Optional Activities Shadow or participate in a K-12 education tour, workshop, or teacher professional development offering through the Learning Programs department. Volunteer for Cartifacts, at a World Culture Day, or another Public Programs offering. Write a post for the Penn Museum blog on teaching in the Museum. Eligibility: Any current University of Pennsylvania graduate student. Fall 2018 OBL Workshops 10/24 Teaching with Native American Collections Lucy Fowler Williams, Associate Curator, American Section 11/27 Making the Past Accessible: Objects and Special Needs Audiences Megan Becker, Learning Programs Educator 12/4 Teaching with Objects for the Non-Major Katherine Moore, CAAM Teaching Specialist in Archaeozoology *All workshops are held from 12-1pm in Classroom 2. Bring your lunch, we will provide drinks and sweets.


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Penn Museum Student Advisory Board (SAB) connects Penn students with the Museum. We welcome new members! The Penn Museum Student Advisory Board is a group of undergraduate, graduate, and professional Penn students who meet twice a semester to advise the Museum on behalf of the Penn student body. We comprise students from various disciplines, levels, and courses of study to advise the Museum on ways to engage a diverse audience of students. Our goal is increase student involvement in Museum events, programming, and research. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak3bed7a8222c82bbfc5b4344c1b03d55b').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy3bed7a8222c82bbfc5b4344c1b03d55b = 'students' + '@'; addy3bed7a8222c82bbfc5b4344c1b03d55b = addy3bed7a8222c82bbfc5b4344c1b03d55b + 'pennmuseum' + '.' + 'org'; var addy_text3bed7a8222c82bbfc5b4344c1b03d55b = 'students' + '@' + 'pennmuseum' + '.' + 'org';document.getElementById('cloak3bed7a8222c82bbfc5b4344c1b03d55b').innerHTML += ''+addy_text3bed7a8222c82bbfc5b4344c1b03d55b+''; to join the group. Stay up to date on what’s happening for students at the Museum, follow the Penn Museum student page on Facebook.


Clio Society is the Penn Museum’s undergraduate student interest group. All undergraduate students are welcome to join! Mission statement: Named after Clio, the Greek Muse of history. “Our goal is to give students a platform within the museum where they can enhance and strengthen their undergraduate experience through the Penn Museum’s many resources.” Clio brings together students who share a common interest in and appreciation for museums, culture, and art. Members will gain a greater understanding of world cultures, arts and culture professions, and the museum field. Members can train to become Museum docents, volunteer for Museum programming, participate in behind the scenes tours of Museum collections, learn object-based teaching, invite uest speakers, organize events for students, and attend Clio-sponsored visits to other museums. To stay up to date on what’s happening for students at the Museum, follow the Penn Museum student page on Facebook. What We Do: Are You Ready for Escape the Museum Themed after an “Escape the Room,” students have the opportunity to solve clues, answer riddles, and unlock secrets to help them escape from one gallery to the next while simultaneously navigating the Museum! Dive into the Depths with Storage Tours Clio Members have the rare opportunity to see behind-the-scenes collections in our deepest areas of Museum storage. Usually paired with a pizza party, Clio gets a guided tour by keepers in sections not usually seen by the public, such as Oceania, Asia, and American. Give Gallery Tours and Facilitate Cartifacts! Do you have a favorite gallery or object in the Museum? Want to share your knowledge with others? Clio gives you the opportunity to learn about object-based teaching, and present your tours to other students and guests! Train on our Cartifact program to learn how to teach using handleable replicas of real objects in the galleries. Come in Character with Clue Once a year, Clio hosts a gallery-based, interactive Clue Night! Students from select clubs, such as Benjamin Franklin Scholars come to the Museum to try and solve the mystery of who took what from where. Help participate and get into the character of Clue!


The Penn Museum seeks to engage its Penn student audience. These organizations are your opportunity get involved at the Museum, create experiences for fellow students, and share your thoughts on how the Museum can evolve as a space and resource for students. Clio Society Clio Society is the Penn Museum’s undergraduate student interest group. All undergraduate students are welcome to join! Read More: Clio Society   Penn Museum Student Advisory Board (SAB) Penn Museum Student Advisory Board (SAB) connects Penn students with the Museum. We welcome new members! Read More: Student Advisory Board


The Penn Museum presents a series of regular events for Penn undergraduate and graduate students who like to learn by doing, laughing, and conversation. Also look out for special events on the calendar below. Making Workshops DO: These hands-on workshops let you step into the past by studying ancient objects from the museum’s international world-renowned collections and then crafting and using modern replicas of your own. Penn faculty experts and local artisans lead these engaging sessions and answer your questions throughout the evening. Movie Nights Laugh: Join us for a series of the best/worst movies about archaeology and history with faculty and graduate student experts who will set the record straight with rib-tickling running commentary. Curator Tours Talk: Drop in on select Friday afternoons for a curator-led gallery tour. After the tour, you’ll have the opportunity to chat with the curator over tea & cookies. Each month will be a different gallery & curator. AED Events Calendar Monday, January 22nd, 2018 4:00PM-6:00PM Penn graduate student “Welcome Back” Tea Mixer Friday, February 9th, 2018 5:00PM Deadline: Summer Internship Application Monday, February 12th, 2018 6:00PM-8:00PM Making Workshop: TBA Friday, March 30th, 2018 5:00PM Deadline: Field Funds for Penn graduate and undergraduate field research Sunday, April 1st , 2018 1:00PM-3:00PM Student Preceptorial Workshop: Shibori Saturday, April 14th, 2018 5:00PM Deadline: Penn Museum Fellows Application Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 6:00PM-9:00PM Penn undergraduate and graduate student gala for the Middle East Gallery opening Thursday, April 26th, 2018 “And So the Story Goes… Innovations in Storytelling” Student Exhibit Opening


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