K–12 Programs

Why choose a Peabody Museum Program?

  • All Peabody Museum programs for Fall 2021 are delivered virtually via Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or other platforms

  • All programs are curriculum-based and conducted by a museum educator from the galleries
  • 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
  • The Day of the Dead program is offered in Spanish or English 
  • All programs are 60 minutes unless noted otherwise
Globetrotters class

"You excite the kids and
make it real!"

—Teacher, Grade 4, Winchester

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Program Descriptions

Virtual Day of the Dead (Grades 2–12)

An exploration of the symbols and meaning of this traditional Mexican holiday featuring the museum's colorful Day of the Dead ofrenda (altar). Can be presented in Spanish in November, and in English year-round.

Virtual 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.

Virtual Classroom Visit with a Harvard Student Archaeologist (Grades 3–12)

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 via video call. 

Special Event Thursday, October 21, 1:00–1:40 pm ET (Rain Date: Thursday, October 28) (Grades 4 and up)

Archaeology Live Streaming from Harvard Yard: Discovering Colonial Student Life

Visit a live dig! This 40-minute virtual field trip takes students in grades 4 and up to an active archaeological dig site from the center of Harvard Yard. Meet and observe student archaeologists at work who will demonstrate and explain the techniques they are using as they search for evidence of the lives of colonial students almost 400 years ago in Massachusetts. This will be offered only once this year! The program is free. Advance registration required through our partner, the Center for Interactive Learning & Collaboration (CILC).

Virtual 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.

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 Mesopotamian Monuments (Grades 6–8) 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.

How to Book

Reservations are required. Click on the Request a Reservation button. For fee information, click on the Schedule a Visit page.

Resource Materials

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