University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Storytime Expeditions

Are you a parent or teacher looking to introduce young children to world cultures? Join us for Storytime Expeditions! Unlike reading at home or in the classroom, Storytime Expeditions offer unique, immersive learning experiences. Get comfortable amongst real ancient artifacts listening to stories specially selected to highlight the cultures featured in the Penn Museum’s galleries. Touchable artifacts and a guided look around the gallery reinforce the ideas and themes established in the story.

This hands-on learning opportunity not only broadens world cultural knowledge, but also establishes basic museum literacy and critical thinking skills. This program is designed for children between the ages of 4 and 9.


For Teacher and Homeschool Groups:

Stories are selected to appeal to a K-3rd grade age bracket, and lesson plans can be adapted to the needs of your students. We have books and a selection of touchable objects from our Teaching Collection for every gallery in the museum, including China, Japan, Egypt, Africa, Central and South America, The Middle East, and more! Available with advanced booking.

For Familes:

2019 Summer Storytime Series
Fridays, June 7–August 30
11:30am - 12:15pm

Free with General Admission

Join us on Fridays for Storytime Expeditions, available weekly for free to families who pay general admission. Space is limited for Storytime Expeditions, so groups of 10 or more are encouraged to book ahead by calling Learning Programs at 215.746.6774 or emailingThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Storytime dates are: June 7, 14, 21, and 28; July 5, 12, 19, and 26; August 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30.


Gilgamesh the King

June 7, 2019 - 11:30am

With illustrations evoking ancient cyllendar seals and cuneiform writing, this book brings ancient Sumerian culture to life.

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Storytime Expeditions Dates

DateEventTime
Jun
07
Storytime Expeditions: Gilgamesh the King11:30AM - 12:15PM
Jun
14
Storytime Expeditions: Jingle Dancer11:30AM - 12:15PM
Jun
21
Storytime Expeditions: Little Bear, You’re a Star!11:30AM - 12:15PM
Jun
28
Storytime Expeditions: Mama Panya’s Pancakes11:30AM - 12:15PM
Jul
05
Storytime Expeditions: Pompeii: Lost and Found11:30AM - 12:15PM
Jul
12
Storytime Expeditions: Race of the Chinese Zodiac11:30AM - 12:15PM
Jul
19
Storytime Expeditions: Suki’s Kimono11:30AM - 12:15PM
Jul
26
Storytime Expeditions: When the Shadbush Blooms11:30AM - 12:15PM
Aug
02
Storytime Expeditions: Musicians of the Sun11:30AM - 12:15PM
Aug
09
Storytime Expeditions: We’re Sailing Down the Nile11:30AM - 12:15PM
Aug
16
Storytime Expeditions: Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti11:30AM - 12:15PM
Aug
23
Storytime Expeditions: The Clay General11:30AM - 12:15PM
Aug
30
Storytime Expeditions: Tasty Baby Belly Buttons11:30AM - 12:15PM

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