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Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

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I Really Dig This Place!

Yet another must-see experience on the campus of the University of Michigan. The Kelsey is just... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Alan W
Baltimore, Maryland
A Hidden Gem

This museum is a real gem. It contains many relics from ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian... read more

Reviewed August 17, 2018
frank d
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The Kelsey Museum houses a collection of nearly 100,000 objects from the civilizations of the Mediterranean.
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University of Michigan, 434 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Yet another must-see experience on the campus of the University of Michigan. The Kelsey is just down the street from the university's art museum (UMMA), so you can't see one without seeing the other. Both are free, but a donation is encouraged, and you should!...More

Thank Alan W
Reviewed August 17, 2018

This museum is a real gem. It contains many relics from ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian civilizations. Two of the best exhibits are artifacts from a 1930s dig in Egypt by the University of Michigan and a recreation of the famous room from Pompeii's Villa...More

Thank frank d
Reviewed July 27, 2018

For a small museum, they did an excellent job in covering multiple eras of the past. What was especially wonderful was the way they filled in missing parts that might have been missing or damaged to give you some idea of what it might once...More

Thank hd613
Reviewed June 3, 2018 via mobile

Nice displays and a great collection. The latter includes objects from Karanis and Seleucia, magic amulets, Greek and Roman sculptures and a small but exceptional collection of glass items. There is also a large scale watercolor reproduction of a room from the famous Villa of...More

Thank Darlene P
Reviewed May 28, 2018

This small museum was full of surprising finds. The visitor has to open drawers to see all the artifacts, but to me that added to the delight of the space.

Thank fergiedrea
Reviewed April 29, 2018

The Kelsey Museum is an accessible, educational and beautiful museum. During my most recent visit, a helpful docent was circulating answering all questions about the museum, its pieces and the exhibits. Be sure to open the exhibit drawers for insight into the collection.

2  Thank Sandler J
Reviewed April 3, 2018 via mobile

Being on a budget, free activities go a long way for me and my family, so of course, this museum being free of charge, was incentive for a visit. But being honest, if there was a charge going into it, based on my recent visit,...More

3  Thank Kristen C
Reviewed December 25, 2017

There are very few good archaeology museums in the US, and this is one of them! The museum has been very innovative with technology and reconstructions, like that of the room of the mysteries and the Roman Baths. Definitely worth a visit in Ann Arbor

Thank Amelia E
Reviewed November 19, 2017

A two-star review by a Quintin K from Georgia called the Kelsey Museum a “low point of UM’s Museum Collection,” but his review was entirely unfair to the museum. His first complaint is of a “hostile docent,” something I’ve never experienced in the times I’ve...More

5  Thank Earman4141
Reviewed July 19, 2017

After amazing experiences at the UM Museums of Art and Natural History, I decided to visit the Kelsey Museum. I was surprised and disappointed by the Kelsey Museum, whose lovely facade belies promises a great experience. When I walked in, the first thing I noticed...More

5  Thank ATL_Jacket
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July 14, 2018|
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Response from Kristen C | Reviewed this property |
...sorry, it posted before I could finish...they also ask that if you bring in a backpack, that it's on your front side so you can see it at all times & you don't accidentally bump into anything. They have a coat rack for... More
April 28, 2017|
Response from LoveToTravelWhenICan | Reviewed this property |
The website says it is open 1-4 on Saturdays.