For Immediate Release

New Family Programs and Workshops This Spring at the Peabody Museum

(Cambridge, February 10, 2010) Children can touch real Maya jade, explore the science of conserving artifacts, and travel the world as young anthropologists in the Peabody Museum’s new spring programs. In new Workshops and a School Vacation Week Drop-in Discovery Room, Museum educators will be engaging children and families in programs that highlight regions and cultures around the world.


Saturday, January 23, 2010
Awesome Arctic Artifacts! Workshop

Choice of two 60 minute sessions at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm
Free with regular admission
Advance registration required and space is limited, 617-495-3216
Recommended for children ages 7–12 with an accompanying adult

Ever wonder what wearing caribou fur feels like? Or how people traditionally hunted seals? Or how snow knives and snow goggles work? Come find out as we explore traditional arctic life in this artifact-based, hands-on program. Then make and decorate your own snow goggles to take home!


Tuesday, February 16 – Saturday, February 20, 2010 (School Vacation Week)
Drop-in Discovery Room

Daily, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Free with regular admission

What do anthropologists and archaeologists study? Join us for fun activities and get some answers! Decorate a bison hide, grind corn, make Maya glyphs, visit the book nook, explore tables of artifacts while you learn about their conservation, and see if you are up to the challenge of gallery hunts and puzzles.


Saturday, April 24, 2010
Conservation Clues! Workshop

Choice of two 45 minute sessions: 10:00 am and 2:00 pm
Free with regular admission; advance registration required and space is limited, 617-495-3216
Recommended for children ages 7-12 with an accompanying adult

Why can’t we touch the artifacts in the museum? Why can’t we eat and drink in the museum? Why are some of the galleries so dark? Explore artifact conservation science and the behind-the-scenes role of conservators. Handle and learn about conservation tools. Then join an educator and hunt throughout the museum to find evidence of conservation at work.


Saturday, May 22, 2010
Archaeological Illustration

1:00-3:00 pm
Free with regular admission; advance registration required and space is limited. Call 617-495-2916
Recommended for children ages 8-12 with an accompanying adult

Archaeologists use many methods to learn about people in the past, including line drawings and photography to record and share the artifacts they discover. Learn some different techniques for Maya sculpture from archaeological artist and illustrator Barbara Fash. Then practice your new skills in the museum’s Latin America gallery. All drawing materials provided.


Saturday, June 12, 2010
Globetrotters! Workshop

Choice of two 60 minute sessions: 10:00 am and 2:00 pm
Free with regular admission; advance registration required and space is limited, 617-495-3216
Recommended for children ages 5-8 with an accompanying adult

Join us for a special day when young anthropologists are invited to travel the world! Compare clothes, toys, and tools used by people in Africa, Asia, South America, Europe, Australia and right here in North America. Then make your own toy out of recyclable materials to take home!


About the Peabody Museum
The Peabody Museum is among the oldest archaeological and ethnographic museums in the world with one of the finest collections of human cultural history found anywhere. It is home to superb materials from Africa, ancient Europe, North America, Mesoamerica, Oceania, and South America in particular. In addition to its archaeological and ethnographic holdings, the Museum’s photographic archives, one of the largest of its kind, hold more than 500,000 historical photographs, dating from the mid-nineteenth century to the present and chronicling anthropology, archaeology, and world culture.

Hours and location: 9 A.M. to 5 P.M., seven days a week. The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for students and seniors, $6 for children, 3–18. Free with Harvard ID or Museum membership. The Museum is free to Massachusetts residents Sundays, 9 A.M. to noon, year round, and Wednesdays from 3 P.M. to 5 P.M. (September to May). Admission includes admission to the Harvard Museum of Natural History. For more information call 617-496-1027 or go online to: The Peabody Museum is located at 11 Divinity Avenue in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Museum is a short walk from the Harvard Square MBTA station.

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