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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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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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A great place to wander. The exhibits are nicely described and displayed. If you have an interest in ancient art this is the place for you in Ann Arbor. It isn't too large and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Marguerite B
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A great place to wander. The exhibits are nicely described and displayed. If you have an interest in ancient art this is the place for you in Ann Arbor. It isn't too large and the fairly new renovated spaces are conducive to wandering.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I LOVE this museum. I graduated from the University of Illinois and worked at their campus museum. . . compared to this one. . . that one was a play house. A large majority of everything in the Kelsey was excavated throughout their history as a museum starting in the 1920s. They have ongoing expeditions throughout the ancient roman empire... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a find! This is a small musuems with a wealth of artifacts from the Mediterranean areas. There was a guided tour that was par-excellence. The docent was wonderful; I am not sure of her name, but I didn't want the tour to end. Oh, and did I mention it's free.

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Thank tampatyke
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

The museum is well laid out with focus on civilizations of the Mediterranean and the Near East. It took us about an hour to leisurely walk around and explore the displays. It was facinating looking at artifacts of daily life from ancient civilizations. Their displays were well designed with a particular focus expressed in each one. When you visit, make... More 

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Thank theresa t
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

It's not the MET. This is a great small museum. Plan to spend about 45-1 hour and you will see most of the exhibits. Well designed and informative.

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Ann Arbor
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

This little museum is worth a visit if you are on central campus. It won't take very long and it's free, so there's no reason not to take advantage of it. This is especially nice as a quick break on a hot summer day. Donations are welcome.

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Mysuru (Mysore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

This is a museum exclusively for archaeology, unlike in many other museums where there is just a wing for archaeology. I had come across coins, urns and jewellery in other places, but here I got to see even a grain mill, dice, comb, shipping jars and one or two rooms from a villa - an elite's house - with mural... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2016

We had a docent-led tour of the museum including the special Pompeii Exhibit. Donations are appreciated, but the museum is free. Tours are $2.person. Entrance is off of Maynard St.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

Outstanding...low key...small and personal with excellent collection. Worthwhile place to visit and a great place to go if you are looking for something to sketch in your sketchbook or if you need some peaceful time to yourself.

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2 Thank JournalingAuthor
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

The museum is rather small, and you almost wouldn't recognize it if not for the sign out front. Frankly speaking, the contents are interesting if you have an interest in archaeology but for anyone else, this place is fairly boring. You could see everything there is to see inside in under thirty minutes and read every plaque twice in less... More 

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