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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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Lovely museum

Lovely museum - nicely designed with good information and great architecture. Definitely worth a visit!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Lovely museum - nicely designed with good information and great architecture. Definitely worth a visit!

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The Kelsey is the showplace for the university's department of archeology, which has participated in some remarkable excavations. A recent renovation/expansion makes it very attractive. It is small, quiet and easy to peruse; also free. Nice where are you? To spend an hour or so when visiting the campus.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Located around the U of M campus area. Parking was about 1/4 away in parking ramp. No charge for museum. They claimed to have over 25,000 Egyptian artifacts but only about 5% on display. Displays were nice but a little disappointing if you are an Egypt fan. They have a very small gift shop run by students. Kind of small... More 

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Washington
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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