Programs

Why bring your group to the Peabody Museum?

  • Watch a short video overview
  • All Peabody Museum programs are hands-on, curriculum-based, and conducted in the galleries. See a complete list of classes in the gray menu on the left side of this page.
  • We offer specialized versions of our programs for ELL/ESL students.
  • We have the finest collection of cultural materials in the United States.
  • Our educators work with Harvard and other researchers to provide up-to-date and accurate information.
  • Museum professionals offer innovative approaches to teaching in a quality learning environment.
  • Museum programs make direct connections with the Massachusetts social sciences framework.
  • Students are excited by the unique museum environment; they become open to learning in new ways.
  • Learning in a museum gallery creates fresh and immediate meanings for students.
  • Students are encouraged to use observation and inquiry skills. They see, touch, and compare artifacts to form new perspectives on different cultures.
Globetrotters class

"You excite the kids and
make it real!"

—Teacher, Grade 4, Winchester

Program Descriptions

Amazing Aztecs (Grades 4–7)

Explore the Mexica and Aztec civilization through artifacts and primary documents in the museum galleries.

Day of the Dead (Grades 2–12)

An exploration of the traditional Mexican holiday featuring the museum's colorful Day of the Dead ofrenda (altar).

Globetrotters (Grades K–2)

Young anthropologists travel the world, comparing artifacts from Africa, Asia, South America, Europe, Australia and right here in North America. (pictured)

Igloos to Adobe (Grades 2–5)

Explore cultural diversity and history among Native peoples in the Northeast, Northwest, Southwest, and Arctic, surrounded by the displays in the Hall of the North American Indian gallery.

King for a Day (Grades 5-8)

A live, interactive webcast uses Skype to highlights the monuments, buildings, and symbols associated with royal power in Maya and Aztec civilizations.

Magnificent Maya (Grades 4–7)

Investigate Classic Period Maya culture and people through the clues left behind in their tools, buildings, and writing, among dramatic Maya monumental sculptures.

How to Book

Reservations are required. For fee and booking information, call 617-495-3216 or click on the
Plan Your Visit page.

Resource Materials

Please click on the links at left for information on Teacher and Student Resources, as well as Multimedia offerings.