Middle East

Whether you are teaching K–12 school groups in-person or virtually, our educators can broadcast LIVE to your students on any of the major video conferencing platforms. Virtual visits enhance your standard curriculum and add interesting enrichment opportunities. Our programs are designed to be adjustable in length and content so we may best fit the needs of you and your learners.

Virtual Visit Offerings

Some programs have associated activity materials. These are provided digitally for those able to print and distribute. If you have no printer access, all activities can be completed with a blank sheet of paper.

Several different cylinder seals in various colors and sizes.

Making a Lasting Impression

Cylinder Seals

Best for Grades: Pre-K-2, 3-5

Discover what life was like in ancient Mesopotamia through the study of cylinder seals. These tiny stone artifacts function as the earliest known signatures, with names and images that tell us about the identities of ancient people. Students will create their own cylinder seal registers using pictures to represent what makes them unique.

*Program Materials: Paper, ruler, and writing utensils

An archaeological dig site with works excavting.


Journey to the City

Best for Grades: 6-8, 9-12, Adult

Vividly explore the ”cradle of civilization” through artifacts from the earliest settlements, temples, and royal tombs. Learn how ancient Mesopotamian societal practices gave rise to the world’s first cities through investigation of Penn’s archaeological digs. Investigate some of Mesopotamia’s innovations: writing, law code, and professionalization of labor. Through interactive conversations, students discover how these ancient cities, in many ways, were not very different from our own.

*Program Materials: Worksheet is provided in PDF

An incantation bowl with two figures in the middle and inscriptions around the inside.

Objects of Protection

Incantation Bowls

Best for Grades: 3-5, 6-8

Incantation bowls were made in the Middle East roughly 1,500 years ago and were used to protect people from evil. The designs and text were meant to confuse and trap evil spirits. Join Museum educators to learn how they were used, then create your own incantation bowl to bring you good luck and keep bad things away!

*Program Materials: Paper and writing utensils

Learn from someone who lived there! Book a virtual International Classroom Workshop for this area.

Technology Requirements

We are able connect with you without the need of any special equipment or extra downloads! After you schedule your program, you will have access to technical support from our staff.

Plan Your Virtual Visit

Use the Request Your Program form to submit your interest and begin your booking. You will be contacted by our staff directly after your virtual request is received to discuss program details and to schedule a Tech Check to ensure smooth connections between the Museum and participating institution.

Cost (30 student per workshop)

Class Size Limits

Reading Ancient Artifacts

Prepare your learners to practice their critical skills by sharing their observations, stating claims, and forming questions about an artifact in the Museum’s collection. This 30-minute virtual visit is available for the special price of $100.00 through the end of the academic year!

Program Packages

Special offerings providing priority scheduling and dedicated technical support for those booking multiple programs within one school or many in a district.