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Gallery Games and Activities

Roll up your sleeves and feel your way through ancient history! The best way to learn about the past is by touching it - handle ancient tablets from the collection of Penn Museum and then make your own or even learn the ancient art of Japanese woodblock print making. There is always something new to discover at the Penn Museum.

Escape the Penn Museum!

Available Spring 2020

Groups are invited to enter into the real-life adventure of Escape the Penn Museum and make their way through a course of challenging puzzles, hidden clues, and riddles in order to “Escape the Penn Museum”. Choose from four tracks including mayhem in Mesopotamia, a catastrophic Roman art heist, an ancient Egyptian palace intrigue, or an exciting Afrofuturist reality. These escape rooms are available for groups of 15-20 per room and can accommodate up to 80 people.

Length: 1 - 1.5 hours
Capacity: 20 people per escape room, 80 people max
Booking: Please allow at least three weeks lead time when booking this activity
Pricing: Please contact group sales for pricing information

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Gambling with the Gods

Ancient Casino Night

Available Spring 2020

Transform the Penn Museum’s Chinese Rotunda into an ancient casino room floor! “Roll them bones” and make your way through the showroom floor for an “old” spin on some familiar games. Whether you want to schedule this for a smaller intimate group, or a large 150 person reception - this activity is sure to raise the stakes for future events to come.

Length: 1 - 4 hours
Capacity: 1 - 150+ people
Booking: Please allow at least three weeks lead time when booking this activity
Pricing: Please contact group sales for pricing information

cuneiform tablet

Handling Ancient Cuneiform Tablets

The Sumerians of ancient Mesopotamia created perhaps the earliest written collection of stories in the world - or rather their children did. Archaeologists have dug up the exercise tablets on Sumerian children practiced learning signs and copying myths and legends by the thousands. By handling both ancient tablets from the collection of Penn Museum and modern clay and styluses, your group will follow the path of the ancient scribes as they learned the mysteries of the cuneiform writing system.

Length: 1 hour per session
Capacity: 30 people per session
Booking: Please allow at least three weeks lead time when booking this workshop
Pricing: Please contact group sales for pricing information

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"Making" Workshops

The Penn Museum is serving up a series of workshops for people who like to learn by doing. In the “Making” workshops your group will step into the past by studying ancient objects from the Museum’s international collections while crafting and/or using modern replicas of your own. Penn faculty experts and local artisans lead these engaging sessions and answer your questions.

Make anything from spears and ancient weaponry, to Japanese woodblock print making, or even Maya hot chocolate!

Length: 1 hour per session
Capacity: 40 people per session
Booking: Please allow at least three weeks lead time when booking a "Making Workshop"
Pricing: Please contact group sales for pricing information

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The Archaeologist Within You

It may be difficult for the average person to relate to the work of archaeologists. However, we all do this archeological work instinctively whenever we come across an unfamiliar object in our daily lives – a strange piece of litter on the street, an obscure knick knack at a friend’s house, an unknown tool at the hardware store. Participants in this activity with work as a group to take on the role of archaeologists and try to make sense of various mystery modern-day objects. Groups will discuss their process of discovery and how it relates to their current professional roles and responsibilities. Participants can expect to take away a deeper understanding of the archaeological process, an awareness of their own learning process, and an appreciation for the various ways that leadership skills are used in everyday tasks.

Length: 1 hour per session
Capacity: 30 people per session
Booking: Please allow at least three weeks lead time when booking this workshop
Pricing: Please contact group sales for pricing information


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