Kelsey Museum of Archaeology- Wednesday Activity Review

This review of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology is part of our Summer Series: Wednesday Activity Reviews.

Did you know that University of Michigan has it’s own Museum of Archaeology? The Kelsey Museum of Archaeology on the University of Michigan campus focuses on archaeology from the Mediterranean region. 

Ann Arbor Kelsey Museum of Archaeology - Looking at Masks

Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

The museum is not large. It is focused on ancient Mediterranean civilizations, particularly Egypt during the Roman occupation. My daughter and I spent about 35 minutes in the museum. 

One of the highlights at the University of Michigan Museum of Archaeology is the child mummy. 

Ann Arbor Kelsey Museum - Child Mummy

She enjoyed exploring the drawers under the exhibits with more artifacts.

Ann Arbor Kelsey Museum of Archaeology - More Artifacts in


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It was so interesting to see the horse toy artifact. Several years ago we attended a Family Day event at the Kelsey Museum. At that event the kids made a paper version of the horse.

Ann Arbor Kelsey Museum of Archaeology - Toys, mask, 3D print of mummy skull

Make sure to visit the upstairs section of the museum. I loved the cross section of the bath house. My daughter was very impressed with the murals from a house. I don’t have pictures. On our trip I was experimenting with Instagram Stories. I took the photo in the story and didn’t save it to my camera roll. 

Visiting Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

Getting to the Kelsey Museum

The Kelsey Museum’s address is 434 South State Street. However, the main museum entrance is on Maynard St. There is currently a lot of construction around the museum. The State St sidewalk north of the museum is closed and several walking paths in the area are closed. Note only the Maynard entrance is accessible, you will have to use stairs at the State Street entrance/exit. 


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Parking is available on the street and in several nearby lots/garages. Since we visited when University of Michigan was out of session, I found street parking on State Street. The University of Michigan visitor lot at 400 Thompson St is very close to the Maynard entrance. The city’s Maynard Structure (324 Maynard St) is also a short walk. The Kelsey Museum is also easily accessible by bus.

Kelsey Museum Hours and Admission

The Kelsey Museum’s hours are:

  • Mondays – Closed
  • Tuesday-Friday – 9a-4p
  • Saturday & Sunday – 1-4p

Museum admission is free. Donations are welcome.

Kelsey Museum Events

The Kelsey Museum occasionally runs family friendly events. My daughter loved their family days in preschool/early elementary. We haven’t been able to attend more recent events, but we’ll definitely be on the lookout for more family friendly events at Kelsey Museum this fall.

Other Activities Near Kelsey Museum

Since the Kelsey Museum is on campus, there are plenty of other nearby activities. While the Natural History Museum is currently closed, the University of Michigan Museum of Art is close by. On our visit, we started with lunch at Totoro. There are plenty of good restaurant choices in the area. We also recommend gelato at Iorio’s after visiting the museum.

Totoro Restaurant Review - Sesame Chicken Bento Box

 

 

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