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Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
Ranked #15 of 97 things to do in Ann Arbor
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Owner description: The Kelsey Museum houses a collection of nearly 100,000 objects from the civilizations of the Mediterranean.
Reviewed September 24, 2012

I visited Kelsey when Sigmund Freud's collection of antiquities was on exhibit there. I enjoyed it thoroughly. I have not been there recently but I believe there are likely some continuing exhibits that are equally as interesting. It is a small house which, itself, is a bit of blast from the past. It is close to the Michigan Union.

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Reviewed August 10, 2012

Our 13 year old daughter has recently shown an interest in Archaeology, so when we found this museum (on TripAdvisor) would be on our way home from our family vacation, we thought it might be worth a stop. And we were right.

Relatively small, with a focus on the collections from digs where sponsored by the founder/school, this museum had a surprising breadth of materials on display. Both displays and signage were well managed providing "themed" viewing collections representing different geographical locations and eras. Some areas, including the impressive Room of Mysteries were high quality reproductions, but most were original, or originals in situ with reproductions of how they would have looked in antiquity. An hour or so was more than enough, although we admittedly skipped the exhibit on Kelsey himself which took up a good part of the second floor. Metered parking behind the museum was coin operated (with one hour costing $1.40 - in coins), but parking in front and on the side street were managed by the new centralized parking meter which accepted credit cards. Small gift shop also had some unique items; unfortunately, a booklet or exhibition catalog of the museum's collection was not avaialble.

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Reviewed June 20, 2012

So much to see and its free!
I love ancient history

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Reviewed April 18, 2012

My kids love the natural history museum with the dinosaurs and the huge mastadon. We take them at least once a year for the planetarium shows and my boys love all of the bugs and animal displays

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Reviewed March 31, 2012

Kelsey has some nice artifacts that are displayed in a traditional way. There's no cutting edge curation here, but it's a pleasant way to kill an hour.

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