Penn Museum: ASL iPod Tour


CJ Jones signing the ASL tour at the Penn Museum

Although some tourist attractions and museums may provide ASL or interpreted tours, they may not be offered at your convenience.  However, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, or the Penn Museum, offers an alternative tour which is available at your leisure on your iPod Touch.  The “Highlights of the Galleries Tour” is a virtual tour available in American Sign Language (with English audio), presented by the actor and comedian, CJ Jones.  This iPod tour features eight long-term galleries of the Penn Museum, and highlights sixteen objects of special interest.  With your iPod as your personal ASL guide, you have the ability to explore Penn Museum’s historical artifacts and treasures from around the world.  This includes everything from the largest sphinx in the U.S. to artifacts from Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.  The ASL iPod tour can be downloaded for free on iTunes, or can also be viewed on the Penn Museum’s YouTube Channel.

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is located at 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 and is open from 10am – 5pm Tuesday and Thursday through Sunday, and Wednesday 10am – 8pm.  General admission is $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens (65 and older) and active U.S. military personnel, $8 for children (6-17 years old) and students with a college ID.  The museum is free for museum members, children 5 and under, and for Penn faculty, staff, and students.  During the last half hour of every day, general admission is “pay-what-you-want.”  For more information about the Penn Museum, visit

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