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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 #10 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
23 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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223 reviews 223 reviews
104 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 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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dc
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19 attraction reviews
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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115 reviews 115 reviews
25 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
16 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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108 helpful votes 108 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
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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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