CLIO Society

Make a difference! Join the Clio Society and train to be a docent, leading groups of all ages on guided tours of the Museum galleries and special exhibitions.

Clio Society member Caitlin Costello discusses objects on display in the Etruscan Gallery.The Clio Society, a student program begun in the Fall of 2009, provides undergraduates with the opportunity to become docents (gallery guides) at the Penn Museum. With energetic leadership from students in Penn's School of Arts and Sciences, the Clio Society trains undergraduate guides in the approaches and techniques for leading visitors through the Museum's galleries. They work closely with the Museum’s Deputy Director and Museum Educators in the Community Engagement Department. Through the course of their training, Clio Society students research objects on display, assemble individual tours, and learn the essential communication skills and practical details to interpret gallery exhibitions for visiting groups. These young docents test their skills during the fall and spring semester, and many lead public tours and demonstrate ideas using object carts in the gallery spaces.

Photo: Former Clio Society member Caitlin Costello discusses objects on display in the Etruscan Italy Gallery.

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