The Penn Museum has been committed to inclusivity and engagement since it was founded, offering a wide array of programs and activities for K–12 school groups, individuals, families, and special groups. Believing that the Museum can transform the way our visitors see the past, and the way in which they understand the world and their place in it, our programs offer a first interaction with a resource that we hope may become a lifelong source of information, entertainment, wonder, and belonging.
Unpacking the Past is an innovative partnership with the School District of Philadelphia, KIPP Philadelphia and Mastery Charter Schools that will invite every seventh grade public school student to experience our renowned Egyptian collection while enriching "Common Core" curricula in ancient world cultures, math, and science, with opportunities for continued interaction both in the classroom and at home.
The Penn Museum is pleased to announce a generous lead grant of $1 million from GRoW Annenberg, a program of the Annenberg Foundation: $500,000 outright to launch the program in the 2014–15 academic year, and a challenge grant of $500,000 to be awarded as soon as the Museum has secured additional commitments of $1.2 million to fund the program’s first three years in full.
Your support for Unpacking the Past helps us meet the GRoW Annenberg Foundation’s challenge and underwrites valuable experiences Philadelphia youth.
Insights into Ancient Cultures Touch Tours, offered on select Mondays, enable blind, visually impaired and other special needs visitors to experience select objects from the Museum’s renowned Collection through the sense of touch. Docent-led tours in small groups offer the ability to touch ancient objects without the use of gloves, as well as scaled replicas.
The Penn Museum has established the “Sponsor a School Group” program, through which its friends can underwrite the costs of a visit from two classes at one or more urban public schools, including bus, admission, tour and workshop fees.
$2,000 will cover the following expenses for one public school bringing two classes (60 students total):