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Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

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Address: University of Michigan, 434 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Phone Number: 734 764 9304
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Tue - Fri 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Description: The Kelsey Museum houses a collection of nearly 100,000 objects from the...
The Kelsey Museum houses a collection of nearly 100,000 objects from the civilizations of the Mediterranean.
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Really informative, small selection, but they make use of a small area. I was really excited to see everything, and even the building it is housed in is beautiful.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
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Washington
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29 reviews 29 reviews
24 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Really informative, small selection, but they make use of a small area. I was really excited to see everything, and even the building it is housed in is beautiful.

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Chatham, Canada
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27 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We have enjoyed many visits to the Museum of Archaeology. Various areas are enjoyable for children of different ages. Interesting collections of stuffed animals and prehistoric skeletons. The collection is showing its age in many regards, but limits in funding mean that upgrades are unlikely in the near future. Still worth a visit.

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Irvine, California
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22 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Recently enjoyed a one hour visit to the Kelsey. Arranged to have a guide from the museum take me and my family on a tour of the very interesting collection of ancient artifacts.

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Singapore, Singapore
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41 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The roman display was well explained. This museum belongs to the university so it gives a scholastic explanation- If you see the same things in Italy, there is hardly any explanation

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Since the expansion, the layout of the exhibits are very informative! If you are on campus, I highly recommend a visit.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Plan to spend some time here. There is a ton to see and lots of artifacts to learn about. Great way to spend an afternoon.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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23 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 via mobile

Other reviews have noted the museum's own lovely architecture, excellent collection, and thoughtful exhibitions, all of which we heartily agree with! This is truly a small wonder. What we've come to appreciate most however is the museum's inspired and informative curator tours, docent tours, exhibition openings, and graduate student talks about ongoing excavation field work. The Kelsey opens views of... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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133 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Excellent small museum. The old house leads to a modern museum. The museum is free. There are lots of Roman and Egyptian pieces.

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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We went with our grandchildren and found it just the right size for them - and us!! An excellent array of artifacts.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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28 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is a great museum if you want a taste of ancient art without being overwhelmed by size and their Etruscan room is a gem. It's location is also great - right across from UMichigans art museum so going to both in a visit is easy. Parking is often a problem so consider parking 10 minutes away in the Maynard... More 

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