Come to the Museum to transform your understanding of the human experience. Housing one of the world’s greatest collections of ancient artifacts from around the world, the Museum illustrates the human story: who we are and where we came from.
What can archaeology teach my class?
Archaeologists aren’t treasure hunters, they’re evidence seekers. Artifacts help archaeologists reconstruct human history. While at the Museum, your students will sharpen their observational and analytical skills as they learn to see ancient artifacts as evidence of the past.
What can anthropology teach my class?
Anthropology is the study of humankind, past and present. A trip to the museum can help your students appreciate how culture affected people in the past and how it affects their lives today.
This year begins an exciting period of renovations and updates for the Penn Museum and its neighbor, the University of Pennsylvania Health System's Penn Tower. We do not anticipate any major gallery closures at this time, but some artifacts may temporarily be off display due to construction vibrations. A few galleries may be affected by noise from construction as well. The Learning Programs Department will ensure you have an enjoyable and informative experience as our Penn neighbor and the Museum improve our buildings. For the latest information on gallery closures, please view the Plan Your Visit section of the website.
Educational opportunities for many students are made possible through generous donations provided by the following sponsors.
The Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation, The Coca-Cola Company; Marie A. Conn, Ph.D.; Connelly Foundation; Kristin A. B. Davidson, CGS84, GED88, GED01, and Robert M. Davidson; Dr. Pamela P. Freyd, GED68, GR81, and Dr. Peter Freyd; GRoW Annenberg Foundation and Gregory Annenberg Weingarten; Anna Sophocles Hadgis, CGS70, G85, and Nicholas J. Hadgis, Ph.D., PAR; Dr. Gary Hatfield and Dr. Holly Pittman, Institute for Museum and Library Services, Diane V.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy, Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation, Estate of Ellen Cole Miller, National Endowment for the Arts, Palisade Capital Management, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Philadelphia Cultural Fund; William L. Potter, WG88, and Joanne S. Ruckel, WG88; Scholler Foundation, M. Trudy Slade.