University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Learning Programs at the Penn Museum.

Come to the Museum to transform your understanding of the human experience. Housing one of the world’s greatest collections of ancient artifacts from around the world, the Museum illustrates the human story: who we are and where we came from.

What can archaeology teach my class?

Archaeologists aren’t treasure hunters, they’re evidence seekers. Artifacts help archaeologists reconstruct human history. While at the Museum, your students will sharpen their observational and analytical skills as they learn to see ancient artifacts as evidence of the past.

What can anthropology teach my class?

Anthropology is the study of humankind, past and present. A trip to the museum can help your students appreciate how culture affected people in the past and how it affects their lives today.

Gallery Closures

For more information about each gallery closure, directions and parking, and accessibility accommodations, visit our Plan your Visit page. Need help getting to the Museum? Download our arrival instructions below. Please alert the Learning Programs Department to any mobility needs for your group (crutches, wheelchairs, difficult mobility) so we can make the best arrangements possible for all individuals in your group.

The Building Transformation is a reinstallation of 44,000 square feet of gallery space. It will add visitor amenities—including new heat and air-conditioning systems, elevators, stairwells, gift shop, and restrooms—to make the Penn Museum fully accessible to all, let in the light, and create new pathways. Visit the Building Transformation website to learn more about gallery updates.

Sponsor Recognition

Educational opportunities for many students are made possible through generous donations provided by the following sponsors.

The Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation, The Coca-Cola Company; Marie A. Conn, Ph.D.; Connelly Foundation; Kristin A. B. Davidson, CGS84, GED88, GED01, and Robert M. Davidson; Dr. Pamela P. Freyd, GED68, GR81, and Dr. Peter Freyd; GRoW Annenberg Foundation and Gregory Annenberg Weingarten; Anna Sophocles Hadgis, CGS70, G85, and Nicholas J. Hadgis, Ph.D., PAR; Dr. Gary Hatfield and Dr. Holly Pittman, Institute for Museum and Library Services, Diane V.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy, Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation, Estate of Ellen Cole Miller, National Endowment for the Arts, Palisade Capital Management, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Philadelphia Cultural Fund; William L. Potter, WG88, and Joanne S. Ruckel, WG88; Scholler Foundation, M. Trudy Slade.


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