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Kelsey Museum of Archaeology


Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

University of Michigan, 434 South State Street, Ann Arbor, 48109, MI

Located on the campus of the University of Michigan in downtown Ann Arbor, this research museum houses more than 100,000 artifacts with about 1,500 rotating on display. Families can tour the museum and explore the collections and cultures from Egypt, Greece, Rome and the Near East. Kids can see Egyptian footwear, jewelry and household items used mostly by everyday people at the time, not just the wealthy or royalty.

There are mummies of people and animals on display, as well as children’s toys, some similar to the toys of today. Kids can observe the artifacts through glass displays and also explore the many collection drawers that showcase even more. Special exhibits, like an Ancient Color exhibit, are also rotating throughout the year and sometimes offer a more hands-on experience. The Ancient Color exhibit lets visitors see, touch and watch how color was created in ancient times.

Families could spend about an hour here. Guided tours are available on select days.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closed Monday.

Things to Know/Bring
Admission to the museum is free.

Metered street parking surrounds the area.