Anthropologists in the Making Summer Camp – University of Pennsylvania Museum

Antiquities police heading to work at Saqqara

Penn Museum invites campers to join in a fascinating exploration of ancient and contemporary cultures. Each week highlights a different theme, offering campers the opportunity to enjoy one week or all eight.

Campers delight in topics such as mythology, dance, music, cooking, art, and customs from both long ago civilizations and modern cultures.

Through gallery tours, scavenger hunts, art activities, games, and special guest performances, campers will discover the diversity of humankind, past and present.

Daily Schedule

8:00am – 9:00am Pre-Camp Supervision (optional, additional fee)
9:00am – 9:30am Meet and Greet Break into age appropriate groups, participate in an icebreaker activity and review camp rules and the day’s activities
9:30am – 10:30am Cultural Connections Explore the weekly theme through interactive talks or gallery tours. On Fridays, campers participate in a museum-wide scavenger hunt
10:30am – 10:45am Snack Time (snack provided)
10:45am – 12:00pm Creative Connections Engage in hands-on activities, which may include art-making, theatrics, cooking and more.
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch and Free-Play Eat a lunch from home or purchase one from the Museum’s Pepper Mill Café. After lunch, children can play with board games or cards (provided).
1:00pm – 2:45pm Outdoor Excursions Enjoy organized, recreational games that relate to the week’s theme and free play at a Penn campus field. On some days, come back to the Museum early to finish a project.
3:00pm Camp Conclusion
3:00pm – 5:00pm After-Camp Care (optional, additional fee)

Camper with counselor

Additional Activities

  • "Behind-the-scenes" fun: Campers meet professionals in the fields of archaeology, anthropology and tour "VIP areas" of the museum such as Archives and Conservation.
  • Wednesdays: Campers delight in the Summer Wonder performing arts series.
  • Fridays: Family and friends are invited to attend the Camp’s showcase of learning.
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