Penn Museum offers 'Archaeology in the A.M.' for those with developmental, intellectual disabilities

Shara Dae Howard
November 09, 2018 - 8:43 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The Penn Museum has added Archaeology in the A.M. to its family access programs designed for teens and young adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities

Archaeology in the A.M. pairs exploring the lives of the ancients with making new friends, according to Kevin Schott with the museum.

"Programming is about being here for everyone," Schott said, "and so that means having something for everyone, especially for this group of people who haven't been recognized in the past."

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Visitors will explore global cultures while learning to write in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and posing with new friends at a special photo-booth in the Fashions of the Past exhibit. The second half of the program features an art-making workshop and a social networking space for parents and family friends.

The program is not just about the learning, although there is plenty to learn," Schott said. "It's about friendships and meeting people and being social together with friends and family."

Archaeology in the A.M. is free with museum admission and runs one day only, Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.