Enjoy our archaeology and anthropology workshops in our new classroom! In our Classroom Workshops students will experience a hands-on and minds-on array of interactive, thought provoking activities that will complement and strengthen your museum visit.
Select from the following programs
NEW!! 5000 Easy Pieces: Making a Mosaic
The artistry of Roman mosaics is revealed in this hands-on workshop where students learn all about the different types of this decorative art and how ancient artisans created them. Students will get to work in small groups, then as a class to create one giant mosaic comprised of over 4,000 tesserae! The workshop incorporates math, along with the study of ancient history.
NEW!! Roman Domes and Arches: The Science of Ancient Architecture (coming Spring 2014)
The ancient Roman invention of the arch and dome transformed architecture. In this workshop, students will learn about the physical forces that work in tandem to support aches and domes, and will build and test an arch of their own. Working in the Penn Museum's majestic Chinese Rotunda, students will also calculate the circumference, radius and diameter of this Roman-styled dome. This workshop incorporates science, math and ancient history.
Preserving the Past: Artifact Lab
Practice the basics of museum conservation in this hands-on artifact lab. Students repair and restore artifacts as they discover both the science behind deterioration, and the important role conservators play in preserving the past.
Become an ancient Egyptian embalmer and prepare Mr. Ulysses Penn for his journey to the afterlife! Using fabricated mummies, students will explore mummification as they witness each step of the process including brain removal, evisceration, desiccation, and wrapping. Students will also investigate the religious significance of mummification. Mummy Makers incorporates both math and science, along with the study of ancient history. This workshop uses life-like mummies.
Explore archaeology and excavate without getting dirty. Exercise your critical thinking and deduction skills as you explore material culture. Analyze, catalog, and correlate your finds to unravel the mysteries of the cemetery's inhabitants.
Egyptian False Doors
Imagine yourself as a pharaoh and create a false door incorporating hieroglyphs, an idealized self-portrait, and ancient Egyptian art motifs.
A maximum of 30 students for each Classroom Workshop is required. We require one adult for every 10 children.
Group Admission rates plus $100 per workshop.
45 minutes - 1 hour
Payment in full must be made no later than two weeks prior to the fieldtrip visit date. Sorry, no refunds or credits will be given after payment is processed.