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Global Guides

What better way to learn about the culture of another place than to speak to someone who grew up there? Through the Global Guides Program, the Museum offers gallery tours led by Philadelphians who grew up in countries around the world. In addition to sharing historical information about the artifacts on display, the guides combine personal experiences and stories to interpret objects from their countries of origin.

Global Guides will present tours and enrichment programs for the following galleries

  • Middle East Galleries
  • Africa Galleries
  • Mexico and Central America Gallery

Virtual Global Guide Tours

While onsite tours are temporarily paused for everyone’s safety, you can still virtually explore the galleries with a Global Guide! Choose from two options

Public Virtual Tours
All are welcome to join these free on Fridays at 2:30pm. Register through our Events Calendar.
Private Group Virtual Tours
For groups of 10 or more looking for an exclusive experience, discounted rates are available. Tours are led in English, but also available in the Global Guides' native languages: Middle East Galleries tours in Arabic, Africa Galleries tours in French, Lingala, or Swahili, and Mexico & Central America Gallery in Spanish. To schedule a virtual tour (allow at least two weeks advance notice), contact Amanda Grady, Group Sales Manager, at 215.746.8183 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Want a sneak peek of our Global Guide tours? In these short Digital Daily Dig videos, a Guide shares the history and significance of one artifact at the Museum.

The Global Guides Program has been internationally recognized through presentations at numerous museum conferences, including the American Alliance of Museums, the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums, and the American Association of State and Local History. Additionally, articles about this program have been features in Museum magazine, Hyperallergic, and by the Associated Press in dozens of publications around the world.

To learn more about the guides please contact Kevin Schott (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Funding Recognition

The Global Guides: Immigrant Stories Tour Program was made possible by the generosity of the Barra Foundation.

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Kevin Schott,
Associate Director for Interpretive Programs