Why choose a Peabody Museum Program?
- Peabody Museum programs are delivered by a museum educator from the galleries
- Selected programs are offered both in-person and virtually
- Virtual Peabody Museum programs are offered via Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or other platforms
- All programs are curriculum-based
- We care for the largest collection of cultural materials in the United States
- Museum programs align with Massachusetts social sciences frameworks
- Students are encouraged to use observation and inquiry skills to form new perspectives on cultures
- All programs are 60 minutes unless noted otherwise
Globetrotters (Grades K–2)
Young anthropologists travel the world, comparing artifacts from Africa, Asia, South America, Europe, Australia, and right here in North America. Available in person.
Read with Raven (Grades K–2, 50 minutes)
The museum educator uses storytelling techniques to help students understand a tale’s central message, identify the characters and structure of the tale, and learn more about objects made by Alaska native Tlingit and other native peoples. Available in-person and virtually.
Day of the Dead (Grades 2–12, 45 minutes)
An exploration of the symbols and meaning of this traditional Mexican holiday featuring the museum's colorful Day of the Dead ofrenda (altar). Available in-person and virtually.
Arctic Days (Grades 3–5)
Delve deeper into one geographic region and explore ways that Inuit, Yupik, and other arctic peoples in the U.S. and Canada responded to the challenging environment to engineer appropriate food, clothing, and shelter. Available in person.
Igloos to Adobe (Grades 3–5)
Explore cultural diversity and history among Native peoples in the Northeast, Southwest, and Arctic, using displays in the Hall of the North American Indian gallery. Available in-person and virtually.
Invite a Harvard archaeology student to your class to discuss how they study the human past and what they are learning. Each student speaker will share a short video in advance about their work and respond to student questions during the livestream. Virtual only.
Amazing Aztecs (Grades 4–7)
Explore the Mexica and Aztec civilization through artifacts and primary documents. Use these primary sources to investigate the contact between Aztec and Spanish peoples and understand how bias can impact our understanding of evidence. Available in person.
Magnificent Maya (Grades 4–7)
The definition of society comes to life learning about the culture of the Classic Period Maya. Students are exposed to buildings, writing, and pottery along with dramatic Maya monumental sculptures. Available in-person and virtually.
Virtual Aztec and Maya Leaders (Grades 5-8)
Highlight and compare the monuments, buildings, and symbols associated with royal power in Maya and Aztec civilizations. Companion Powerpoint with maps and archival pictures included. Virtual only.
Virtual Mesopotamian Monuments (Grades 6–8)
In this program from our partner museum, Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East, analyze details of monuments from Sumer, Babylonia, and Assyria to understand the characteristics of these ancient river civilizations. Virtual only.
Foragers to Farmers (Grades 6–8, 70 minutes)
This four-lesson unit uses primary sources to compare nomadic hunting and gathering peoples to sedentary farming peoples. (70 minutes) Available in person.
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