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“Well worth a visit” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
Ranked #15 of 83 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.
Redhill, United Kingdom
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118 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2013

This lovely building houses an interesting collection, nicely laid out on 2 floors to allow for leisurely viewing.

We visited mid-morning during the week and there was just one other couple there at the time, which meant that we could really take time to look at the displays. I was particularly interested in the coins, glass, pottery and jewellery.

Highly recommended.

Visited March 2013
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English first
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Wow, cool stuff!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2013

I went with my middle-school child for a class trip. Very cool. They had a scavenger hunt to keep the kids interested as they learned about the artifacts on display. really interesting.

Visited September 2012
Thank JudiAnnArbor
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estados unidos
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86 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Gods and Goddesses”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2013

Myths and Heroes, amphora, urns, iridescent vials, votives, lamps, and cylinder seals. The ancient world awaits your discovery. Open the drawers, find the connection, follow the thread back 5000 years to the banks of the Nile and Euphrates and the Islands of the Aegean. Closes at 4:00pm alllow an hour or two.

Visited January 2013
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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92 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Marvelous Architecture”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 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.

Visited September 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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100 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“A great place for a short visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 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.

Visited August 2012
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