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The principal mandate of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology is the care, interpretation, and presentation of its remarkable holdings. The Kelsey today houses more than 100,000 artifacts, ranging from prehistoric through medieval times. Most derive from the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome, dynastic and Roman Egypt, or the Middle East. Some objects are on display in the Upjohn Exhibit Wing or appear in special exhibitions, while others are maintained in climate-controlled storage. The museum also possesses extensive photography and documentary archives, many relating to Kelsey fieldwork initiatives. All of these collections are widely used in University of Michigan classes, both graduate and undergraduate.

We encourage scholarly research and publication of our collections; to that end, we make available an online museum database, as well as our policies relating to collections use and procedures for obtaining permission to reproduce our materials.

For information regarding the collections and photographic archives, please email the Registry Department.