Insights into The Roman World

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Insights into The Roman World

Two-hour Interactive Touch Tour at Penn Museum

Insights into The Roman World

Learn first-hand about life two thousand years ago, when much of the world was ruled by Rome.

In partnership with Penn Museum, Philly Touch Tours offers and presents an accessible program for visitors with vision loss. During this two-hour program, visitors will interact with ancient sculpture and carvings as well as replica objects in the Museum’s Rome Gallery to learn about the life of Roman Emperors, Patricians and everyday Citizens in ancient Rome. Find out about the role of women, of the Pretorian Guard and the artistry of ancient mosaics. Hear the legend of Theseus and learn about the Sanctuary of Diana, the much adored goddess of Nemi. So much to know and enjoy! We hope you will join us!


The Kress Entrance, Penn Museum, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Dates and times

Mondays from September through June every year. Call to make arrangements. Other days and times, including weekends may be available.


We welcome groups of up to 10 visitors with vision loss plus assistants/guides. Cost: $14 per adult visitor, $9 for students with sighted assistants/guides free of charge. Compensated rates through sponsorship may be available.

Family and Friends Groups

Families of up to 6 people that include a member with vision loss are welcome with one assistant/guide free of charge.


Cash, credit cards, and checks accepted.
*Checks should be made payable to: Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.


"In short it was the best yet! Our docents were most knowledgeable and did a really fine job with the background information they provided on the various artifacts. Why, one even started his stories in Latin! Of course this was what was spoken in these times. This really added to the experience. After getting oriented and touching some early Roman tools, we moved into the exhibition hall. We were given the option of putting on a toga. How cool was this! We moved from one artifact to another with lots of time to touch and explore. Great history and background information was again provided on each by our docents. All questions were addressed.

The group was small which made the overall experience more personal.

Excellent tour and most interesting.

Thank you for all you do for us."

By Stewart Hughes