Summer Camp

Celebrating almost 20 years of engaging children with summer fun and learning through Penn Museum’s world-renowned collections.

Click the "Register" button above to register or to access your online account to make additional payments.

Registration opens February 12, 2016

Camp Dates: June 27 – August 19, 2016

Tuition & Fees

A limited amount of partial scholarships ($100 off tuition) are available until May 1. To be considered for the scholarship, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Register by May 1: $270 Members / $290 Non-members per week
Register after May 1: $290 Members / $310 Non-members per week
Pre-camp (8:00am - 9:00am): $5 per day/$25 per week
After-camp (3:00pm - 5:00pm): $10 per day/$50 per week

2016 Themes and Schedule

Week 1: Game On! (June 27 – July 1)

With or without a board, games have been a major form of entertainment through time and across continents. Search for game pieces and sporting equipment in the Museum’s galleries. Design and build your own game for your family to play at the conclusion of camp.

Week 2: Mysterious Civilizations (July 5-8)

No camp on July 4

Uncover long, forgotten cultures that have vanished with time. Explore monumental structures and architecture whose function and construction continue to stump archaeologists and engineers today. Work with new friends to invent your own civilization.

Week 3: Digging Greece and Rome (July 11-15) Sold Out!

Do you have what it takes to be an archaeologist? Uncover artifacts of the Mediterranean world and piece together the stories of your dig finds. Tour the galleries to learn more about the burial rituals of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Make your own grave marker and construct a mini sarcophagus.

Week 4: Furry Friends and Savage Beasts (July 18–22)

Calling all animal lovers! Animals have been our loyal companions throughout time. Travel the world to learn about some creatures that went beyond the title of family pet. Discover cryptozoology and hear some trickster tales.

Week 5: Herstory (July 25-July 29)

Woman’s history is everyone’s history. Discover women who have contributed to the fields of archaeology and anthropology. Tour the galleries to discover women’s roles and divisions of labor in ancient societies. Meet mythological goddesses, scary witches, and larger-than-life heroines.

Week 6: Myths and Mysteries of Egypt (August 1-5) Sold Out!

Are ancient Egyptian tomb curses real? Did Cleopatra really live up to her reputation? Ponder these questions and more during interactive gallery talks. Discover the role of mystical items as you tour the Museum’s galleries. Recreate tales featuring Isis and Osiris, Seth and Horus, and more.

Week 7: Magic in the Ancient World (August 8-12) Sold Out!

Before modern medicine and science, the ancients relied on magic for the healing and prevention of illnesses. Meet magicians, shamans, and oracles. Learn how magic was used for personal gain and to foretell the future in the ancient world.

Week 8: Culinary Expeditions (August 15-19)

What people eat and drink can tell us many things about their environment and culture. Search the museum’s galleries to find tools used to acquire, prepare, and eat food. Discover sustenance cultures and what other countries may have for breakfast. Design your own after-life feast, sculpt your own libation bowl, and prepare hummus from scratch.

Daily Schedule

Campers delight in topics such as mythology, dance, music, art, and customs from both long ago civilizations and modern cultures. Through gallery tours, scavenger hunts, art activities, games, and special guest performances, campers will discover the diversity of humankind, past and present.

8:00am - 9:00am Pre-Camp Supervision (optional, additional fee)  
9:00am – 9:30am Meet and Greet Break into age appropriate groups, participate in an icebreaker activity and review camp rules and the day’s activities
9:30am – 10:30am Cultural Connections Explore the weekly theme through interactive talks or gallery tours. On Fridays, campers participate in a museum-wide scavenger hunt
10:30am – 10:45am Snack Time (snack provided)  
10:45am – 12:00pm Creative Connections Engage in hands-on activities, which may include art-making, theatrics, and more.
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch and Free-Play Eat a lunch from home or purchase one from the Museum's Pepper Mill Café. After lunch, children can play with board games or cards (provided).
1:00pm – 2:00pm Outdoor Excursions Enjoy organized, recreational games and free play at a Penn campus field. On some days, come back to the Museum early to finish a project, visit a behind-the-scenes area of the Museum, or meet with a special guest. A movie may be substituted during inclement weather.
2:00pm - 3:00pm

Camp Reflections

Break into age appropriate groups and reflect about the day. Engage in a team-building activity, trivia, and more.
3:00pm Camp Conclusion  
3:00pm - 5:00pm After-Camp Supervision (optional, additional fee)  

Additional Activities

  • "Behind-the-scenes" fun: Campers meet professionals in the fields of archaeology, anthropology and tour "VIP areas" of the museum such as Archives and Conservation.
  • Wednesdays: Campers delight in the World Wonders performing arts series.
  • Fridays: Family and friends are invited to attend the Camp’s showcase of learning.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am filing out my taxes and need a receipt and the Museum's Tax Id number. How do I access this information?

The Museum's tax id is 23-1352685. To obtain a receipt, you may access your online account.

I am a Penn staff/faculty member. Do I receive the Member discount?

Only families who enroll at the Household level and above are eligible for Camp discounts. Penn staff/faculty are not automatically members at this level. This is a separate $95 (fully tax-deductible) fee. Learn more about Penn Museum Household membership

How many campers can enroll in a session? What are the popular themes? Does the camp sell out?

We cap each week to 65 campers. Most sessions sell out each year, so registering before May 1 is encouraged. Our most popular themes each year include the mock excavation week, the Egypt week, and the Classical week. Every year, we get an increasing number of campers who return

About how many weeks do children attend? Do most children attend all eight weeks? Do you get new campers?

Most campers attend at least two sessions; they likely attend these back-to-back. Each year, several campers attend all eight sessions. About half of the campers return from the year prior, while half of the campers are new each year.

How are the campers divided, or do all ages interact with each other?

Campers are divided into four separate groups of about 17 campers. These groups are based on age and break down (approximately) as follows: 7-8; 8-9; 9-10; 11-13. The group of 7 to 9-year-olds and the group of 9 to 13-year-olds visit different areas of the Museum and interact with each other from 9:30am – 10:30am. During lunch and outdoor play times, the whole camp is together. The camp breaks into the four separate age groups for Snack Time, hands-on components, behind-the-scenes activities, and Camp Recap

What is the ratio of campers to counselors? Are the counselors high school students?

All counselors are 21 or older, must have had previous experience working with children, and must pass clearances. Camp volunteers, who are teens, act as assistants to the camp staff. Camp staff include eight counselors, approximately three to five volunteers per week, and two camp directors. Two counselors are assigned to about 17 campers each week; therefore, the ratio is about 1 counselor to 8 campers.

Do you offer a sibling discount?

We do not offer a sibling discount. Please consider becoming a Member to receive discounts. Learn more about Penn Museum membership.

My child is 6 years-old. My child is turning 14. Can I enroll him/her?

If your child has completed first grade, you may enroll him/her for Camp 2015. If your child is turning 14 and entering eighth grade, consider a Camp volunteer position for him/her

My child can no longer attend the camp. Are any of the fees refundable or transferable?

The $100 deposit, due at time of registration, is non-refundable. If you cancel your child’s registration three or more weeks prior to the start date of the session, all tuition and fees (minus the deposit) will be refundedRefunds cannot be given if you cancel a session two weeks or less prior to the session start date. If your child wants to enroll in a different session, we will be able to transfer all funds paid to a different session (no penalties) if the space is available and if you decide to transfer three or more weeks prior to the start date of the session

I just registered online. Will I receive additional paperwork? When do I have to make additional payments?

You will receive a confirmation e-mail upon registration. You will receive additional mandatory paperwork, via e-mail, by June 2. These forms must be completed and returned two weeks prior to the start of your child’s camp session. If you create an online account at time of registration, you may log into your account at any time to make additional payments. Balances are due two weeks prior to the start of each camp session. You will be enrolled in automatic billing and the remaining balance will be withdrawn from your account two weeks prior to each camp week start date.

I’m not sure if I’ll need pre- and after-camp. Should I enroll anyway?

If you think that you may need pre- or after-camp, enroll at time of registration. No payment is needed at time of registration for pre/after-camp. Payments for pre- and after-camp can be paid ongoing during the week of your child’s session


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