DIDACTICS

Guided Tours and Teaching Activities

Guided Tours, Exhibition Tours, Labs, Activities, Debates, Themed Routes

 

GUIDED TOURS

Tours are directed at students from all grade levels and groups of adults, with content and manner of communication adapted accordingly.
Upon request, you can design a custom tour that will meet the specific needs of your educational programming or your particular interests.

 

You can book visits in Italian, English, French, German, and Spanish

 

Duration and rates for school groups
Duration h 1,00 Fee € 80,00
Duration h 2,00 Fee € 100,00
Custom Tour Fee € 120,00

 

Duration and rates for adult groups
Duration h 1,00 Fee € 100,00
Duration h 2,00 Fee € 120,00
Custom Tour Fee € 140,00
Evening visits avaiable at a € 20,00 increase on the standard rate

Educational Programs

The Archaeological Park of Paestum wants to offer its young visitors the opportunity to complete an authentic journey through time and to “browse” the pages of this city’s history. In essence, this site, which dazzles through the majesty of its temples, is a splendid example of the Doric style, offers a “voice” to narrate the affairs of the Greeks, Lucanians, and Romans, and of their heroes and divinities, and hopes to connect young generations to the importance of their region in the most intuitive way. With this goal in mind, the Park’s educational programs wish to harness the experience of the ancient inhabitants of the city and guide children and teens on a path riddled with myth and adventure.

THE MUSEUM SPEAKS

“The Museum Speaks” focuses on the narrative of a mythological story whose events are closely linked with objects exhibited in the Paestum Museum: inspired by the portrayal of the Judgement of Paris on an oinochoe from the workshop of the painter Assteas, the activity will recount the story of the Trojan War in the form of a folktale. The aim of the initiative is to bring children closer to the archaeological and mythological heritage of antiquity and to stimulate their desire for knowledge.
The story will begin in the projection room of the museum: as the slide depicting the vessel is projected, the narration commences.
As with any respectable fairytale, the beginning of our story will be “Once upon a time”, an expression that characterizes the language of folktales: in this way, a fairytale atmosphere will be created in which young children are reminded of home. After they have been told the story of the Judgement, they will be told in brief about the whole story of the war and the destruction of Troy, for which a “happy ending” will still be found, so as not to create dissonance with the canonical structure of fairytales. The narrative will end with Odysseus’ return home, illustrated by the image of the metope (projected on a slide) commonly referred to as “hero on a turtle” and interpreted as a depiction of the adventurous journey of Odysseus.
At the end of the story, children will be invited to get involved by drawing some significant episodes of the story, making them an active part of the play/education course undertaken.

Recommended ages: 5-10 years old
Where: National Archaeological Museum of Paestum
Duration: 1h30m
Fee: € 2,00 per child (for a group of 30 children minimum)

SCAVENGER HUNT

This initiative is focused on getting to know some of the most important items in the Paestum Museum.
In the first phase of the game, which will take place in the museum’s Education Room, slides of the following will be shown:
1. A bronze vase from the Heroon
2. A marble statuette of Hera
3. The Tomb of the Diver
4. A painted tomb with a scene of the “Return of the Warrior”
5. A painted tomb with a scene of women
These items have been chosen to reconstruct the most significant aspects of the history of Poseidonia-Paestum and the life of the ancient world politically, religiously, and privately.
Afterward, the children will be divided into teams, within which a team leader will be appointed, who will coordinate the team’s tasks. Each team will be assigned an educational worksheet with a questionnaire related to the objects shown.
The game will move, then, to the ground floor of the museum, where the “hunt” really begins. To answer the questions, the children will have to look at the objects on display and read the wall labels.
The winner will be the first team that answers the questions correctly. The members of this team will be awarded a symbolic prize.
The goal of the game is to nurture the active study of archaeological documentation, intended as a tool for reconstructing historical events in the ancient city.
At the same time, the discovery of the “treasures” kept in the museum can act as an incentive to deepen their understanding of the area.
Recommended ages: 6-13 years old
Where: National Archaeological Museum of Paestum
Duration: 1h30m
Fee: € 2,00 per child (for a group of 30 children minimum)

HERACLES...IT'S HARD TO BE A HERO!

This activity is aimed at the knowledge of one of the most famous mythological characters of antiquity, who is distinctly related to the affairs of Poseidonia: Heracles.
The first phase of the game, which will take place in the museum’s Education Room, includes a PowerPoint presentation that recounts the endeavors of Heracles as depicted on some of the metopes from the Heraion at Foce del Sele and decorated vases from the Paestum Museum’s collection. The story will be told through images in the form of cartoons alternated with video clips of the most famous labors.
At the end of the story, images of the selected objects will be projected, and the children will be asked to identify Heracles’ exploits as seen in the narration.
In conclusion, children will be encouraged to depict through drawing and/or comics the story that struck their imagination most.

“Heracles … it’s hard to be a hero!” Is  to be understood primarily as a search for the hero’s identity: by way of a path that has been made as elementary as possible, children will be led to discover one of the most fascinating characters of mythology. At the same time, the link between Heracles and the context of Paestum will stimulate a deeper knowledge of this area and archaeological evidence of its past, prompting the children to look carefully and curiously at some of the museum’s most important finds.

Recommended ages: 6-13 years old
Where: National Archaeological Museum of Paestum
Duration: 1h30m
Fee: € 2,00 per child (for a group of 30 children minimum)

 

ON TRAILS OF GOLD

The visit to the Archaeological Park will be enhanced by a fun activity, a real treasure hunt conducted in a collaborative and non-competitive manner, to inspire in participants a sense of group work and the importance of everyone’s contribution in order to reach a common goal.

Upon arrival, the group will be divided into four teams, each characterized by a color. Each team in turn will have to solve questions, puzzles, crosswords, and math problems to find out the next destination, and then to find the next clue, which another team will have to process and solve, thus advancing from one monument to another. Each team will be provided with a map of the site, testing their sense of direction. Participants will then have to be able to lead their comrades to the identification of the next stage.

The course of the visit will include each of the major monumental discoveries: the temples, the Herōon, the Forum, and the Amphitheater, ending where the city’s treasury was probably located in the past.

The educator will provide, throughout the course, all the useful explanations for the overall understanding of the archaeological site and the information needed for the children to interpret and solve the clues, thus stimulating their ability to concentrate. The recreational format, therefore, is meant to help retain attention, guide observation, and solicit participants’ ability to reason.

Recommended ages: 8-13 years old   
Number of participants: 25 max.
Where: Archaeological Area of Paestum
Duration: approximately 2 hours
Fee: € 130,00

FROM MYTH TO TEMPLE

Who truly makes an ancient city, apart from its inhabitants? This lab plans to describe to the children the origins of Poseidonia-Paestum through the story of the characters that have contributed to making its history important and lasting: the deities and heroes of mythology. Participants will be guided to discover the most significant buildings of the city, such as the majestic temples still standing and the monument dedicated to the founding hero, and later will be “transported” from the urban dimension, bounded by walls, to the outer territory, where there is another building of worship that today is able to communicate to the visitor only through the images sculpted in its stone… Thanks to these architectural “snapshots”, which will also be illustrated by the technique of production, we will try to reconcile the events of the gods chosen to protect the city (Athena, Hera, Zeus, Apollo) to those related to mythical and divine characters who have contributed to the foundation of this “border” sanctuary, in particular Heracles and Hera, united in a perpetual love/hate relationship.
By leveraging the power of images in the ancient world and their key role in communicating universal messages, the children will be given the opportunity, based on their preferences and skills, to reproduce the themes illustrated on the metopes of the Heraion at Foce del Sele, as well as to expand upon the episodes of the myth in an original manner, to produce a personal reading of the stories. In fact, at the end of the lesson, the children will be assigned special seats, arranged so as to encourage them to admire the reproductions closely and for a prolonged period of time. Participants will be provided a variety of media (paper, cardboard, recycled materials, sculptable pastes of various kinds) and different tools to make their own metopes in relief, impression, and line drawing.
At the end of the lab activities, children visiting with their families will be able to bring home their artifacts as a souvenir of the day, while classes on a school trip may organize their work in groups and decide to leave their works in the museum’s custody on view for a “most original metope” prize at the end of the school year.

Eracle uccide il gigante Alcioneo

Heracles kills giant Alkyoneus

Recommended ages: 6-13 years old
Where: National Archaeological Museum of Paestum
Duration: 1h30m
Fee: € 2,00 per child (for a group of 30 children minimum)

DEMOCRATIC MIND Visit/Debate

A visit to the site, with a particular focus on buildings with a public and democratic function, will be the starting point for a lively debate that, drawing from sources both historical and contemporary, will be an opportunity to reflect on the way society functions.

Where: Archaeological Area of Paestum
For Who: 11-18 years
Duration: 2 Hours
Fee: € 130,00

 

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