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Preserving the Past

from Penn Museum

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Investigate the science of deterioration and
preservation by walking through the real conservation
treatment of a Penn Museum artifact. Students practice the basics of
conservation to simulate how the Museum cares for and learns from ancient artifacts.

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About This Program


By Request: $125.00

Pricing is 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


60 minutes (Able to be adjusted to fit your regular class period)

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 6, 7, 8, 9, Parent, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:

1 person

Maximum participants:

10 classrooms of 30 students

Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Career Education, Sciences, Literacy, Writing, Problem Solving, Gifted & Talented

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Skype, iChat, Vidyo, Movi/Jabber, Blue Jeans, etc...)

Booking Information

Available Monday - Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (EST) with a minimum of three weeks notice.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Programs are non-refundable. Cancellations due to technical difficulties, school closings, or those received 48 hours in advance may be rescheduled for no additional charge. Rescheduling is subject to availability.

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Penn Museum

Philadelphia, PA
United States

Founded in 1887, the Penn Museum has always been one of the world’s great archaeology and anthropology research museums, and the largest university museum in the United States. With roughly one million objects in our care, the Penn Museum encapsulates and illustrates the human story: who we are and where we came from. As a dynamic research institution with many ongoing research projects, the Museum is a vibrant and engaging place of continual discovery.

Outreach Program Manager

Program Details


1. Hello from the Penn Museum
(Audio/Visual Check)
2. Program Intro/Overview
(Purpose/Goal of Program)
3. What is conservation?
(Define word and purpose for conservation)
4. Conservation Practices
(Conservation demos and hands-on activity)
5. Conservator opens the Window
(Penn Museum conservator available for Q&A)


Students will
-Develop an understanding of the importance of conservation.
-Engage in a discussion about archaeological and museum practices.
-Explore work practices of a conservator.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

CC.1.5.7.A Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions, on grade-level topics, texts, and issues, building on other’s ideas and expressing their own clearly

CC.1.5.7.D Present claims and findings; emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details, and examples; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciations.