Grades 2-5

Program formats and prices
Tours (60 minutes): $9 per student
Extended tours (90 minutes): $10 per student
Museum Quest (self-paced): $9 per student
One chaperone is required for every 10 students. Required chaperones are free; additional adults pay $12 each ($15 for unguided visit).
 

Ecosystems & Environment


All About Animals | Tour
In a one-of-a-kind game of “I spy,” explore amazing animals that inhabit everywhere from backyards to exotic ecosystems. Discuss animal adaptations for feeding, defense, and keeping warm.
Standard Connection:
3.1 Biological Science

Biomes Across the Globe | Tour
Explore the biomes that make up North America and compare them to environments across the globe. Discuss the links between animals, plants, weather, and climate in historic wildlife dioramas.
Standard Connection:
4.1 Ecology

Explore Ecosystems | Museum Quest
Put your observation skills to the test as you explore diverse habitats in classic museum dioramas. Compare and contrast animal and plant adaptations in arctic, desert, and grassland environments.
Standard Connection:
3.1 Biological Science
4.1 Ecology
 

Paleontology & Geology


Dino Dig | Extended Tour
Explore dinosaur diversity throughout the Mesozoic Era. In addition to your tour, experience the process of paleontology hands-on in a museum classroom by touching real fossils and wrapping a plaster fossil cast to take home.
Standard Connection:
3.1 Biological Science
3.3 Earth and Space Sciences

The World of Dinosaurs | Tour
Investigate how animals, climates, and ecosystems change over time. Discuss the process of fossilization, and what fossils reveal about the lives of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals.
Standard Connection:
3.1 Biological Science
3.3 Earth and Space Sciences

Geology | Tour
Discover how rocks and minerals reveal the history of Earth. Discuss processes of geology like the rock cycle and fossilization, as well as geologic natural resources from building stones to fossil fuels.
Standard Connection:
3.3 Earth and Space Sciences

Rock Hounds | Extended Tour
Examine amazing specimens in our world-famous displays in Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems. In addition to your tour, complete hands-on experiments that introduce the rock cycle and properties of minerals in a museum classroom.
Standard Connection:
3.2 Physical Science: Chemistry and Physics
3.3 Earth and Space Sciences
 

Social Studies


American Indians: Living with Nature | Tour
Examine artifacts from four North American Indian cultures and discover how natural resources influence everyday life. In addition to your tour, complete an anthropology activity where students handle real artifacts and identify geographical regions in a museum classroom.
Standard Connection:
7.3. Geography

American Indians: What’s in a House? | Extended Tour
Examine artifacts from four North American Indian cultures and discover how natural resources influence everyday life. This extended tour includes extra time for an anthropology activity where students handle real artifacts and identify geographical regions.
Standard Connection:
7.3. Geography

Egyptian Archaeology | Extended Tour
Explore the stories that mummies, treasures, and everyday objects reveal about daily life in ancient Egyptian society. In addition to your tour, complete an investigation of replica artifacts and a lesson on hieroglyphs in a museum classroom.
Standard Connection:
8.1 Historical Analysis and Skills Development
8.4 World History

Life in Ancient Egypt | Tour
Travel to the banks of the Nile River. Discuss how artifacts depict what life was like in the time of pharaohs and decipher the meaning of mummies.
Standard Connection:
8.4 World History

Three Cultures | Tour
Compare similarities and differences among indigenous cultures across the globe and throughout history in Polar World: Wyckoff Hall of Arctic Life, Alcoa Foundation Hall of American Indians, and Walton Hall of Ancient Egypt.
Standard Connection:
7.3. Geography

Diverse Cultures | Museum Quest
Compare and contrast food, clothing, and shelter between your everyday experience and the diverse indigenous cultures represented in Alcoa Foundation Hall of American Indians and Polar World: Wyckoff Hall of Arctic Life. Analyze artifacts and museum dioramas to discover how cultures are shaped by unique natural resources in different geographic locations.
Standard Connection:
7.3. Geography
 

Pennsylvania—Interdisciplinary

Pennsylvania Natural History | Tour
Focus on Pennsylvania geology, wildlife, and native cultures in Benedum Hall of Geology, the Hall of North American Wildlife, and Alcoa Foundation Hall of American Indians.
Standard Connection:
3.3 Earth and Space Sciences
4.1 Ecology
7.3. Geography

Meet a Scientist

Learn how your group can meet a scientist on their visit.