Penn Museum's award-winning Museum on the Go educational program has been bringing ancient and traditional cultures into Philadelphia Schools for more than 25 years.
Using artifacts from the collections of the Penn Museum, a hands-on "mini-museum" is created in the classroom by trained "Mobile Guides." Museum on the Go is an interactive program designed to provide enriching, hands-on experiences in small group settings.
Students have an opportunity to learn through doing. Some examples include:
Many of the artifacts, or reproductions, brought to the classroom are available for students to handle. Presentations are available on one of the following three subjects, to be selected by the teacher:
The guides work in a team of two teaching groups of 15 children. Each group is given two forty-five minute presentations. The minimum stay for the Museum on the Go is three weeks, but may run up to six weeks depending on the number of students.
Each school must provide a secure classroom space for the artifacts to be housed.
The cost to any Philadelphia Public School interested in the program is minimal.
Prema Deshmukh, Outreach Programs Manager