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K-12 Educators and Schools

Guided Tours

A field trip to the Kelsey includes a tour of the permanent exhibit and a hands-on activity.
Tours are designed around a theme or an ancient civilization. For details, or to schedule a tour, please visit the K-12 Tours page.

Self-Guided Visits to the Museum

Interested in bringing your class to the museum to explore on your own? You are certainly welcome to do so. The museum is free, and is open to the public Tuesday-Friday 9:00-4:00pm. Please contact the Education Department to reserve a time for your visit. We frequently have scheduled tours in the museum, and we want to make sure there is room for everyone to see the artifacts and move safely through the galleries.

Please review our suggestions for Parking and the Rules of the Museum prior to your visit.

Civilizations in a Crate

This series of traveling educational kits, designed for use in the classroom or home, give students and teachers a unique resource for studying ancient Mediterranean archaeology. For details, or to rent a kit, please visit our Civilizations in a Crate page.

School Outreach

Can’t schedule a visit to the Kelsey? We are happy to travel to your school to give presentations on the following topics:

  • Egyptian Mummies
  • Egyptian Daily Life
  • Roman Daily Life
  • Roman Warfare
  • Greek Daily Life
  • Near Eastern Daily Life
  • Toys and Education in the Ancient World
  • Ancient Writing
  • Science and Archaeology
  • Special Topic (Designed with the Education Department)

Each presentation includes an engaging hands-on activity that will reinforce what the students are learning.

Presentations cost $2 per student. We are able to provide presentations Tuesday-Friday. Presentations must be scheduled at least 2 weeks in advance. If your school is located outside of Ann Arbor or Ypsilanti, there is a mileage fee of 57.5 cents/mile. To set up a visit to your classroom, please contact the Education Department.

You Are Invited!

Teacher Open-House

Saturday, October 15, 2016

  • Light refreshments 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm 
  • Program and Tour 2:00-3:30 pm

This is a great opportunity to:

  • Learn about field trips to the museum

  • Discuss outreach to your classroom

  • Try out activities your students will do

  • Go on a tour of the museum with the museum educator

    . . . and most importantly

  • Share your thoughts on the types of tours, programs, and outreach activities that will enhance your classroom and field trip experiences!

RSVP to Sarah Mullersman: mullersm@umich.edu or 734-647-6147

First 20 to RSVP will receive a parking voucher!