Grades 6–12

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

Animal Adaptations
Program format: Tour 

Discuss biomes, food webs, and predator-prey relationships as you explore amazing adaptations of animals in diverse ecosystems throughout the museum.
Standard Connection:
3.1 Biological Science
4.1 Ecology
 

Biomes: Climate and the Environment
Program format: Tour 

Trace crucial links among animals, plants, and the biomes they inhabit, discovering the vital role that climate plays in these relationships. Discuss what you see in dioramas depicting diverse environments and use evidence to infer how organisms respond to environmental change.
Standard Connection:
3.1 Biological Science
 

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 grassland environments. Standard Connection:
Standard Connection:
3.1 Biological Science
4.1 Ecology
 

Form and Function
Program format: Extended Tour 

Handle real animal skulls from our education collection. Observe their physical features and draw inferences to the biology and behavior of living animals. In the exhibition halls, use interpretive skills to explain how inherited structures help organisms survive and reproduce in different environments.
Standard Connection:
3.1 Biological Science
 

Furs, Feathers, Scales
Program format: Extended Tour 

Make connections between physical structures and biological functions as you take on challenges that explore animals in their habitats. This extended tour includes extra time to examine patterns in fur, feathers, and scales using stereomicroscopes.
Standard Connection:
3.1 Biological Science
 

Paleontology & Geology

Climate Change: Then and Now
Program format: Tour 

Compare prehistoric and contemporary climate change, focusing on the adaptive responses of plants and animals in their habitats. Use real data and evidence to think about change and learn how scientists study these phenomena.
Standard Connection:
3.1 Biological Science
3.3 Earth and Space Sciences
 

Evolution of Life
Program format: Tour 

Investigate how animals, climates, and ecosystems change over time. Discuss geologic time, adaptation, and natural selection as you examine fossils and explore the museum’s dioramas.
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 such as 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
 

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: Treasures and Traditions
Program format: Tour 

Investigate the cultural heritage of four diverse American Indian cultures. Discuss their traditions and how they have changed over the past 100 years.
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