Global Guides, Penn Museum, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
What better way to learn about the culture of another place than to speak to someone who grew up there? Through the Global Guides Program, the Penn Museum now offers gallery tours led by immigrants and refugees. In addition to sharing historical information about the artifacts on display, the guides combine personal experiences and stories to interpret objects from their countries of origin.
Global Guides are available to the general public on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays for the Middle East, African, Mexican and Central American Galleries. Private Global Guide tours can be scheduled for groups of 10 or more. Discounted group rates are available. Tours are also available in the Guides’ native languages: Middle East Galleries tours in Arabic, Africa Galleries tours in French, and Mexico and Central America in Spanish.
For further information about this and other museums doing something similar, see:
Ulaby, Neda (17 February 2020). Refugee docents help bring a museum’s global collection to life. National Public Radio.