FREE! Art and Archaeology of Ancient China

by  Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art

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What can art and artifacts tell us about life in Ancient China?  Engage with our museum educators to explore objects that illuminate life in the Shang Dynasty such as oracle bones, tomb artifacts, cooking vessels, chariots, weapons and more!  For Grades 3-12. 

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About This Program


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30-60 minutes based on your needs

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Homeschool/Family , Learning Pod

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

Suggested max is 30 for optimum interactivity. Please let us know if you have more than 30 students

Primary Disciplines

Art, Fine Arts, Foreign/World Languages, Literacy, Problem Based Learning, Problem Solving, Reading, Social Studies/History, Writing

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

Booking Information

Programs are available M,T,W and F from 9am-5pm EST. Register at least 2 weeks before your requested program date to guarantee best availability. If you would like to check on the status of your request, please contact asiatours@si.edu. All requests are subject to availability.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Please notify us 2 weeks in advance of your tour or as soon as possible if you need to cancel your program.

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Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art

Washington , DC
United States

The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art, are located on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Committed to preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting exemplary works of art, the National Museum of Asian Art addresses broad questions about culture, identity, and the contemporary world. The museum cares for exceptional collections of Asian art, with more than 45,000 objects dating from the Neolithic period to today and originating from the ancient Near East to China, Japan, Korea, South and Southeast Asia, and the Islamic world. Nearly a century old, the Freer Gallery of Art also holds a significant group of American works of art largely dating to the late nineteenth century. It houses the world’s largest collection of diverse works by James McNeill Whistler, including the famed Peacock Room.

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Program Details


Program is presented on Zoom by professional museum educators. Through inquiry-based questions and discussion, presenters engage with participants as they explore artworks together. Students may participate in simple drawing and writing exercises throughout the program. Programs are highly interactive and participants are expected to be on camera and interact with the presenter.


Students will be able to:

Identify the characteristics of a civilization
Give examples of objects created in the Shang dynasty and describe their purpose
Make connections between life today and life in the past
Develop an appreciation for ancient art and archaeology of Ancient China