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Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

University of Michigan, 434 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
734 764 9304
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Ranked #15 of 32 attractions in Ann Arbor
Type: Museums
Description: The Kelsey Museum houses a collection of nearly 100,000 objects from the civilizations of the Mediterranean.
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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111 reviews 111 reviews
24 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 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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Ames, Iowa
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57 reviews 57 reviews
13 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

Of particular interest to my wife and me was the archaeology of the Greek-Roman rural town of Karanis in Egypt. The museum exhibits a wide range of articles of everyday life whereas most museums show only artifacts from the tombs of Egyptian and Hellenistic royalty and nobles. The displays are well organized and the informational labels very instructive. And to... More

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Ann Arbor
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This delightful museum on the campus of U of M has an extensive collection of Egyptian, Greek and Roman artifacts. This beautiful example of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture has a large exhibit wing, completed in 2009, that is home to a watercolor rendition of the "Villa of the Mysteries" on the second floor, as well as many other artworks and artifacts... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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198 reviews 198 reviews
64 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

If you have time, check out this small museum on the University of Michigan campus. I saw a wonderful photography exhibition contrasting the ruins of Petra Jordan to the decay of downtown Detroit.

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

A pleasant experience, the museum is not large, but features many artifacts and artworks from the ancient and medieval world in the Mediterranean and Near East.The collection includes colorfully-painted ancient Egyptian mummy, Greeks (pottery), ancient Roman sculpture, Etruscans, Persia,...

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

As a B&B we hosted a digital photography company, intent to digitize the world's varied and exotic copies of both canonized and aprocryphal books of the Bible. Kelsey has quite a famous and extensive collection.

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Dutchess County NY USA
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56 reviews 56 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

I went to school at the Univ of Michigan and never visited this first-rate little archeological museum right on State St. -- it took visiting the campus again after several decades to get the gumption up to walk up the steps and in the door. A great and fascinating collection, beautifully and interestingly presented, mostly from U of M archeological... More

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Webster, New York
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

What a wonderful way to see so many artifacts from so long ago. My son is very interested in ancient Egypt so he was thrilled but the rest of our family loved it just as much!

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Westchester County, NY
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

I didn't know what to expect when I walked into the Kelsey. As you enter the older part of the building you think Indiana Jones is somewhere around the corner, and then you enter the contemporary gallery...WOW! The antiquities are some of the finest I've seen in the US. Barring seeing artifacts in Greece, Italy and Turkey there is a... More

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Redhill, United Kingdom
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90 reviews 90 reviews
12 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

This lovely building houses an interesting collection, nicely laid out on 2 floors to allow for leisurely viewing. We visited mid-morning during the week and there was just one other couple there at the time, which meant that we could really take time to look at the displays. I was particularly interested in the coins, glass, pottery and jewellery. Highly... More

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