University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Summer Camp

Celebrating over 20 years of engaging children with summer fun and learning through Penn Museum’s world-renowned collections. Anthropologists in the Making is designed for children ages 7-13 who will be entering grades 2nd – 8th for the 2019-2020 school year.

If your child is 6 years old and will be entering 1st grade this fall, check out our brand new Junior Anthropologists summer camp!

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

Camp Themes

Week 1 – June 24-28

Exploring Ancient Cities

Travel back in time and explore the ancient cities of Rome and Ur. Discover what elements it takes to build a city, from paved roadways to the tallest structures. Design your own city map, create a system of currency, and work as a team to build a model city.

Week 2 – July 1-5,*no camp on Thursday July 4

Mesopotamian Mysteries

Join us as we explore the mysterious world of Ancient Mesopotamia. Listen to stories from Sumerian mythology, make a clay tablet, and learn to write your name in cuneiform. Create a bull mask, construct your own ziggurat, and discover the elaborate burial of Queen Puabi.

Week 3 – July 8-12

Trickster Tales

Sneaky or cowardly, friends of humans or foes of the gods, the trickster is a mythical figure revered in many cultures. Explore stories of tricksters from around the world and discover how these clever, mischievous characters can teach us more about ourselves. Write your own trickster tale, design an animal mask, and paint your story on a scroll.

Week 4 – July 15-19

Sold Out: Excavating the Past

Would you like to be an archaeologist? Discover for yourself as you undertake your own mock dig at the museum. With a trowel in hand, unearth relics from the past. Catalog, clean, restore your finds, and deduce their meaning. Visit the artifact lab, chat with a conservator, and learn how they take care of artifacts every day.

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Week 5 – July 22-26

Designing the Museum

Do you know what it takes to build a museum? Discover why museums are so important as you explore the roles of conservators, exhibit designers, and educators. Get up close and personal with some artifacts, learn how to write exhibit labels, work with new friends to repair broken ceramic vessels, and design your own museum exhibit to share with family during our weekly showcase.

Week 6 – July 29-August 2

Sold Out: Engineering the Mediterranean

Have you ever wondered how the Colosseum got its shape? Do you know why columns are important to Greek architecture? Join us as we explore the engineering feats of Ancient Rome and Greece. Learn to identify different types of columns, build a model Colosseum, participate in an engineering challenge, and meet with an architect.

Week 7 – August 5-9

Sold Out: Life in Ancient Egypt

Discover what daily life was like for pharaohs, priests, scribes, and commoners in Ancient Egypt. Listen to origin stories and hear about Egyptian gods and goddesses. Explore the process of mummification, learn to write your name in hieroglyphs, and meet with an Egyptologist.

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Week 8 – August 12-16

Sold Out: Heroes, Giants, and Monsters

Dive into the rich world of mythology and examine the larger than life characters from some of your favorite stories. Listen to tales filled with figures like Gilgamesh, Hercules, Polybotes, Medusa, and more. Examine mythical creatures, design your own Greek mask, and create characters for a tale of your own.

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Tuition & Fees

Register by May 1: $280 Members / $300 Non-members per week
Register after May 1: $300 Members / $320 Non-members per week
Pre-camp (8:00am - 9:00am): $5 per day/$25 per week
After-camp (3:00pm - 5:30pm): $12 per day/$60 per week


A limited number of scholarships are available for our 2019 Anthropologists in the Making and Junior Anthropologists Summer Camps. 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. This scholarship is open to all applicants.
  • Full Scholarship: this scholarship will cover full tuition for one session of camp. It will not cover pre-care and/or after-care. This scholarship is only open to applicants who live within the city of Philadelphia.

All scholarship applications are due by April 15th. To request a scholarship application, please e-mailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Lunch Orders

Campers have the option of purchasing lunches from the Pepper Mill Café Tuesday-Friday 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.. You also have the option of purchasing a lunch during morning sign-in. Please note: if you choose to purchase a lunch during morning sign-in you must bring exact change. Credit cards will not be accepted.

The Pepper Mill Café will be closed on Mondays and lunch service will not be available. Please be sure to pack a lunch for your child. Our lunch menu for 2019 is available here.

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-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 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 70 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 18 campers each week; therefore, the ratio is about 1 counselor to 9 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. If your child is 6 years old and entering first grade this fall, you may want to consider enrolling him/her in our Junior Anthropologists summer camp. 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 Monday May 27, 2019. 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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