University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Distance Learning for K12 students at the Penn Museum..

Are you unable to visit the Museum? Not to worry, our Virtual Workshops make it possible to experience the Penn Museum without leaving your classroom! Through the use of video conferencing technologies, a museum educator beams into your class to provide a museum-themed lesson in real-time!

“Students were able to use information they had learned in a different environment and context. It made the class material applicable and added depth to their knowledge and understanding.”

Our virtual workshops are designed to involve students through inquiry, object analysis, hands-on activities, and demonstrations. This technology provides you with a unique opportunity to introduce, conclude, or supplement a visit to the Penn Museum!

Virtual Workshop Offerings

Virtual Programs are tied to the US national education standard in Common Core and engage key 21st century skills such as cross-disciplinary thinking and media literacy, as well as Global Competencies.

Daily Life in Ancient Rome: (Grades: 5—9)

Embark on a virtual tour of a lavish Roman home to learn how to speak and write the real Latin terms for each room. Students will look closely at classical artifacts that would have been used inside the house to better understand the day-to-day lives of Romans.

NEW! Mesopotamia: Journey to the City (Grades: 5-9)

Vividly explore the ‘cradle of civilization’ through artifacts from the earliest settlements, temples, and royal tombs. Learn how ancient Mesopotamian societal practices gave rise to the world’s first cities through investigation of Penn’s archaeological digs in the Middle East. Investigate some of Mesopotamia’s innovations: the writing system, law code, and professionalization of labor. Through interactive conversations, students discover how these ancient cities, in many ways, are not very different from their own.

Mummy Makers: (Grades: 5 – 9)

Students will learn how and why ancient Egyptians mummified their dead by stepping into the role of apprentice to an ancient Egyptian embalmer! Using fabricated mummies, students will explore the artificial mummification process as they prepare Mr. Ulysses Penn for his journey to the afterlife. This workshop uses life-like mummies.

Preserving the Past: (Grades: 6 – 10)

Learn how we care for our ancient artifacts as students investigate the science behind deterioration and preservation by practicing the basics of conservation, viewing examples of conservation in the Museum’s collection and the incredible work of Penn Museum conservators.

Virtual International Classroom Workshops: (Grades: 9-12)

Bring real archaeologists or anthropologists into your classroom virtually to share their in-depth expertise and experiences in the field through visuals, objects, and interactive conversations. Choose from the programs listed below.

  • Exploring the Classics through Artifacts
  • Can You Dig It?: Archaeology of Ancient Egypt
  • Home Sweet Home
  • Teeth, Diet, and Evolution
  • The Evidence of Human Evolution
  • Gifts of the Gods

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Technology Requirements:

Not to worry, we can connect with most classrooms without the need for special equipment! The Penn Museum now uses the Blue Jean Network as our dedicated bridge, which allows us to connect with most internet-supported hardware, such as video conferencing systems (H.323), laptop and desktop computers, and mobile devices.

Plan Your Virtual Visit

Please use our Plan Your Trip button to begin scheduling your Virtual Program with the Penn Museum. You will be contacted by our Outreach Programs Manager directly after your virtual request is submitted to discuss program details and to schedule a Test Call. Each 15 minute Test Call is scheduled one week prior to the program and is conducted to determine the integrity of the connection between the Penn Museum and participating school.

Cost: (30 student per workshop)

  • $125.00 for each Virtual Workshop
  • $200.00 for each Virtual International Classroom Workshop offering
  • Book more than one Virtual Workshop and you will receive 10% off on each additional program

Based on Class Size:

  • 1-30 students are recognized as one class
  • 30-60 students are recognized as two classes
  • 60-90 students are recognized as three classes



For the third consecutive year, the Penn Museum’s Virtual Programs and workshops, offered locally, nationally and internationally, have been honored with a Pinnacle Award from the Center of Interactive Learning and Collaborations (CILC). This prestigious award is based on program evaluation ratings from participating educators.



Learning Programs Department


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