The Kelsey Museum of Archaeology offers tours and activities for grades K-12. Pre-K groups are welcome to schedule a docent to lead the Read and Look activity.
Field trip tours can be scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday–Friday (last scheduled at 3:00 p.m.). The museum can accommodate a maximum of 45 students at one time, and requires a minimum of 10 students to schedule a group tour. Tours are $2 per student. Chaperones, teachers, and aides are free. We require at least one adult chaperone per 15 students.
The Kelsey Museum is fully accessible and we are happy to work with you if any of your staff, students, or chaperones need any special accommodations.
Plan Your Visit
Step 1: Choose a topic or ancient civilization to explore more on your gallery tour (Archaeology, Egypt, Near East, Greece, Rome, Ancient Writing, Special Exhibition, Custom Topic)
- Tours take 30 minutes to 1 hour
- The 2018–2019 Special Exhibitions at the Kelsey Museum explore themes and artifacts that resonate with all ages:
Urban Biographies, Ancient and Modern (August 24, 2018–January 6, 2019)
Ancient Color (February 8, 2019–July 28, 2019)
Step 2: Choose one or more activities listed on this page. Each activity takes 30–45 minutes to complete.
- Archaeology activities work well with most tour topics
- Have a group of more than 30 students? Pick 2 activities or 2 tour topics — groups will rotate
Step 3: Email or call Sarah Mullersman (firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-647-4167) to plan and reserve your field trip. We look forward to seeing you this year!
- Read and Look (Pre-K-1st)
- Sketching in the Galleries (K-12th)
- Burial Boxes (3rd-12th)
- Pottery Reconstruction (1st-8th)
- Museum Ethics and Artifacts (11th-12th)
- Ancient Board Games (2nd-8th)
- Making Mosaics (K-5th)
- Reading Latin Inscriptions (8th-12th)
- Fred the Mummy Presentation (2nd-5th)
- Hieroglyphic Writing (1st-5th)
- Myths and Monsters (K-5th)
- Ancient Democracy! (5th-12th)
- Greek Mythology through Artifacts (6th-12th)
- Ancient Board Games — The Royal Game of Ur (2nd-8th)
What to Expect When You Arrive
Before you bring your group to the museum, please review the Gallery Rules with students, chaperones, and other teachers. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Education Department prior to your visit. Please enter the museum at the Maynard Street entrance. Your guide will meet you and your group outside on the porch.
Parking is available:
- In the Maynard Parking Structure
- In metered parking along State Street and Maynard Street
- Buses can drop the students off at the Maynard Entrance and then park by the U-M stadium (must be arranged in advance).
More details about what to expect when you arrive can be found in your tour confirmation email.