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.

When the Shadbush Blooms

July 26, 2019 - 11:30am

Told by Traditional Sister and Contemporary Sister, each from her own time, this is a book about tradition and about change. Then and now are not so very different when the shadbush blooms.

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Storytime Expeditions Dates

Storytime Expeditions: When the Shadbush Blooms11:30AM - 12:15PM
Storytime Expeditions: Musicians of the Sun11:30AM - 12:15PM
Storytime Expeditions: We’re Sailing Down the Nile11:30AM - 12:15PM
Storytime Expeditions: Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti11:30AM - 12:15PM
Storytime Expeditions: The Clay General11:30AM - 12:15PM
Storytime Expeditions: Tasty Baby Belly Buttons11:30AM - 12:15PM

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