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Penn Museum Anthropology Camp

Penn Museum’s summer camp programs have a new name and look for the 2021 season. Celebrate summer fun and learning through Penn Museum’s world-renowned collections. Each week features an exciting theme with hands-on workshops, expert talks, and gallery exploration.

Penn Museum Anthropology Camp is designed for children ages 6-13 who will be entering grades 1–8 for the 2021-2022 school year.

*Registration will open on March 1, 2021.

Penn Museum Anthropology Camp 2021

What will summer camp look like in 2021?

The safety of your child is our top priority. Following University of Pennsylvania and COVID-19 guidelines, campers will be divided into five separate groups, or pods, of 10-12 campers. Campers will remain in their pods for the entire camp week for all workshops, activities, and gallery experiences. There will be limited interactivity between groups during outdoor activities, such as recess, lunch breaks, and special workshops. All counselors and campers will be required to wear a face mask.

Join us this spring for a virtual Penn Museum Anthropology Camp Open House. Check this page for date and registration information.

Additional information will be shared with in the Parent Welcome Letter following camp registration.


Theme Session 1* Session 2*
On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! Week 1
June 21 - 25
Week 6
July 26 - 30
Navigating the Stars Week 2
June 28 - July 2
Week 7
August 2 - 6
Kings and Queens of Africa Week 3
July 5 - 9
Week 8
August 9 - 13
Mythical Creatures and Legendary Tales Week 4
July 12 - 16
Week 9
August 16 - 20
Engineering Marvels of the Ancient World Week 5
July 19 - 23
Week 10
August 23 - 27
*NOTE: Session 1 and Session 2 camp weeks include the exact same lessons, workshops, and activities. Please do not enroll your child for both sessions of the same weekly theme.


On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!
Would you walk 200 miles from Athens to Olympia to watch the Olympic Games? Or to play ball in the Maya ballcourt? Games have been a major form of entertainment throughout history. Search for ancient game pieces in the Museum’s galleries, learn how to play senet or mancala, and participate in a challenging outdoor obstacle course. Design and build your own game to share with family and friends!
Navigating the Stars
Do you love to stare up at the night sky? In the past, people navigated the seas, created calendars, and planted their crops by observing the movement of the sun, moon, and stars. Learn about the contributions of ancient Greek, Egyptian, Babylonian, and American civilizations to the field of astronomy. Listen to important myths based on the stars, draw your own constellation in the sky, and create a story about its origin.
Kings and Queens of Africa
Africa has been home to many great kingdoms, each with its own political structure, culture, and traditions. Take an expedition across this vast continent as you explore the pyramids and temples of ancient Egypt, the bronze-work of Benin, and the musical traditions of Africa. Learn about the importance of textiles, sculpt your own Egyptian shabti, and create and play your own mbira—a musical instrument from southern Africa.
Mythical Creatures and Legendary Tales
Did you know that myths and legends can help us learn about the common and extraordinary parts of our everyday lives? Explore cultures around the world and listen to stories about important animals, heroes, gods, monsters, and giants. Create your own mythical creature, design a votive, and write and illustrate your own epic tale.
Engineering Marvels of the Ancient World
Examining buildings and living structures can shed light on the daily lives of people, their governing systems, and religious beliefs. Learn about architectural feats created long ago and make a model of your favorite “Seven Wonders of the World.” Experiment with building Roman arches and domes, Greek temple facades, and Native American dwellings. Participate in building challenges and see how you compare to some of the great engineers of the ancient past.

Tuition and Fees

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

Register by May 1 $280 Members | $300 Non-members per week
Register after May 1 $300 Members | $320 Non-members per week
Pre-camp (8:00 - 9:00am) $30 per week
After-camp (3:00 - 5:30pm) $75 per week


A limited number of scholarships are available for Penn Museum Anthropology Camp.

Two types of scholarships are available

  • $100 Partial Scholarship
    This scholarship will be given to help offset the cost of weekly tuition. Campers are able to receive $100 off one week. Open to all applicants.
  • Full Scholarship
    This scholarship will cover full tuition for one session of camp. Only open to applicants who live within the city of Philadelphia.

All scholarship applications are due by April 30, 2021.

To request a scholarship application, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Camp Lunches

Campers have the option of purchasing lunches from the Museum Café on Tuesdays through Fridays each week. You can pre-purchase a lunch for your child during online registration or by emailing the Camp Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For the 2021 camp season, all lunches must be pre-purchased. You will not be able to purchase a lunch during morning sign-in.

The Museum Café will be closed on Mondays and lunch service will not be available. Please be sure to pack a lunch for your child. Click here to view our 2021 lunch menu.

Our café is not a nut-free facility. If your child has a severe nut allergy, we recommend that you send a lunch from home. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the camp director.

Frequently Asked Questions

What time does camp begin each day? What time does camp end?

Camp sessions run from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

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 Penn Museum’s Household level and above are eligible for Camp discounts. Penn staff/faculty are not automatically Members at this level. This is a separate (fully tax-deductible) fee. Learn more about Penn Museum Household Memberships.

Is there a difference between Session 1 and Session 2 weekly themes? Is Session 2 an extension of Session 1?

There is no difference between Session 1 and Session 2 weekly themes. Due to limited classroom capacity for the 2021 season, each theme is being offered twice to provide parents with multiple opportunities to enroll their child in a preferred camp week. Session 2 camp themes are not an extension or “part 2” of Session 1 camps.

How many campers can enroll in a session? Does the camp sell out?

We cap each week at 50 campers. Most sessions sell out each year, so registering early is encouraged.

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

Most campers attend at least two sessions and they likely attend back-to-back 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 into groups?

Campers will be divided into five separate groups, or pods, of 10-12 campers. These groups are separated by age approximately as follows: 6-7; 7-8; 8-9; 10-11; 12-13.

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

All counselors are 21 or older, have previous experience working with children, and have passed PA and FBI clearances. Camp staff include ten counselors, camp assistant director, camp director, and 1-2 additional support staff. Two counselors are assigned to a group of 10-12 campers each week, with a ratio of one counselor to six 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 Memberships.

My child is 5 years old. My child is turning 14. Can I enroll them?

If your child has completed kindergarten and will be entering first grade next school year, they can be enrolled in our camp program. If your child is turning 14 and entering high school, we do not recommend our summer camp program.

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 refunded. Refunds 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 if 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 email upon registration. You will receive additional mandatory paperwork via email by June 1, 2021. 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 during 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.

I’m not sure if I’ll need pre-care and/or after-care for my child. Should I enroll anyway? Do I need to register for the entire week?

If you think that you may need pre-care or after-care, enroll at time of registration. Due to limited classroom capacity during the 2021 camp season, you must register for an entire week of pre-care or after-care.

No payment is needed at time of registration for pre-care and/or after-care. If you do not need to use pre-care and/or after-care, the charges will be removed from your account. All payments for pre-care and/or after-care must be paid by the Friday of your child’s camp session. If you need to enroll your child in pre-care and/or after care, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Is there a waitlist for sold out sessions?

Yes. The waitlist for sold out sessions can be accessed through the registration website. If you have specific questions about camp sessions, please contact the Camp Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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