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Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

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University of Michigan, 434 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
+1 734-764-9304
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Wow. Don't miss the Kelsey.

Nice displays and a great collection. The latter includes objects from Karanis and Seleucia, magic... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Darlene P
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Small, but fascinating

This small museum was full of surprising finds. The visitor has to open drawers to see all the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
fergiedrea
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Washington Island, Wisconsin
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The Kelsey Museum houses a collection of nearly 100,000 objects from the civilizations of the Mediterranean.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good32%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“open drawers” (2 reviews)
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University of Michigan, 434 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
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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
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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

1  Thank Krissy C
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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
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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
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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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Reviewed July 16, 2017

It is a big museum. Admission is free and you are allowed to take pictures but no flash. It is worth visiting.

Thank EdShelby
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Reviewed June 27, 2017 via mobile

An impressive selection of archeological objects from Mesopotamia ,Greece and Roman periods in the middle eastern ereas. A must.

Thank menachemle
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Reviewed April 29, 2017

A week and a half ago,I was fortunate enough to visit this excellent archaeological museum on the campus of the bustling University of Michigan.I saw its copious collection of ancient artifacts dating back from the Neolithic Period to Roman times in present day Iraq,Syria,Iran,Egypt,Greece,and Italy.This...More

2  Thank margatemensch2016
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