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
Program format: 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
Program format: 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
Program format: 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 grasslands environments.
Standard Connection:
3.1 Biological Science
4.1 Ecology
 

Paleontology & Geology

Dino Dig
Program format: Extended Tour 

Explore dinosaur diversity throughout the Mesozoic Era. This extended tour includes extra time to experience the process of paleontology 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
 

Geology
Program format: 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
Program format: Extended Tour 

Explore the geologic process of rock formation, and the properties of minerals that make up rocks. This extended tour includes extra time for hands-on experiments to test chemical and physical properties of minerals.
Standard Connection:
3.2 Physical Science: Chemistry and Physics
3.3 Earth and Space Sciences
 

The World of Dinosaurs
Program format: 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
 

Pennsylvania—Interdisciplinary

Pennsylvania Natural History
Program format: 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
 

Social Studies

American Indians: Living with Nature
Program format: Tour 

Investigate the environments of the Northwest Coast, Southwest Desert, Midwest Plains, and Northeast Woodlands. Discuss the similarities and differences between the cultures of diverse American Indian peoples who inhabit these geographic areas.
Standard Connection:
7.3 Geography
 

American Indians: What's in a House?
Program format: 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
 

Diverse Cultures
Program format: Museum Quest 

Compare and contrast food, clothing, and shelter between your everyday experience and the diverse indigenous cultures represented in Alcoa 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
 

Egyptian Archaeology
Program format: Extended Tour 

Explore the stories that mummies, treasures, and everyday objects reveal about daily life in ancient Egyptian society. This extended tour includes extra time for hands-on investigation of replica artifacts and a lesson on hieroglyphs.
Standard Connection:
8.1 Historical Analysis and Skills Development
8.4 World History
 

Life in Ancient Egypt
Program format: 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
Program format: 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
 

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