For Immediate Release

Spring 2011 Family Programs

At the Peabody Museum, Third Saturdays are Family Saturdays!

(Cambridge, January 3, 2011)  The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology presents a monthly program of hands-on activities for families. Family Fun Saturdays are free with Museum admission unless otherwise indicated.

 

January 15

Amazing Aztecs, Noon–1:30 pm or 2:30-4:00 pm

How do we know what we know about the Aztecs? What can be done with a macuahuitl? What could be bought in an Aztec market? Join us for a hands-on program in the gallery to find out the answers. Then make and take home an Aztec craft. Appropriate for ages 8 and up accompanied by an adult. $5 per child with Peabody Museum admission. Advance reservations required and space is limited.

 

February 19 and February 23–26

School Vacation Discovery Room, Noon–4:00 pm each day                 

Ever wonder about what archaeologists and anthropologists do? Want to explore interesting artifacts from around the world? Join the Museum’s education interpreters to have fun and discover answers. And don’t miss the make-and-take-home projects! Appropriate for ages 5 and up accompanied by an adult. Free with Museum admission.

March 19   

Curious About Cuneiform, Noon–1:30 pm or 2:30-4:00 pm

The earliest writing looks like animal tracks on clay. It’s called cuneiform or wedge writing and it was used for more than 3,000 years. How is it made? How do you erase words written on a clay tablet? Learn how to write and read some of the basics of this ancient script and try your hand at using a stylus on clay. Appropriate for ages 8 and up accompanied by an adult.$5 per child with Peabody Museum admission. Advance reservations required and space is limited.

 

April 16

School Vacation Discovery Room, Noon–4:00 pm                  

Ever wonder about what archaeologists and anthropologists do? Want to explore interesting artifacts from around the world? Join the Museum’s education interpreters to have fun and discover answers. And don’t miss the make-and-take-home projects! Appropriate for ages 5 and up accompanied by an adult. Free with Museum admission.

 

May 21

Wall Art Stories Family Program, Noon–1:30 pm or 2:30-4:00 pm                 

Why do people paint murals or wall art? Join us to unravel the mysteries of stories painted by artists long ago. Explore an incredible mural from a Maya site and then make and take home your own piece of wall art. Appropriate for ages 8 and up accompanied by an adult. $5 per child with Peabody Museum admission. Advance reservations required and space is limited.

 

June 18

Give Me Shelter Family Program, 1:00–3:00 pm                  

Do people who live in hot and cold, wet and dry places all live in the same type of house? Why? Come find out as we explore house dioramas, handle artifacts and natural resources, and look for clues that will help us make our own shelter dioramas to take home (while supplies last). Appropriate for ages 5 and up accompanied by an adult. Free with Museum admission.

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. The Peabody Museum is located at 11 Divinity Avenue in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Museum is a short walk from the Harvard Square MBTA station. 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: www.peabody.harvard.edu.

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