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K-12 Tours

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 am to 4:00 pm Tuesday–Friday (last scheduled at 3:00 pm). 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.

Please let us know if any of your staff, students, or chaperones need any 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: 

                Graffiti as Devotion along the Nile: El-Kurru, Sudan (August 23, 2019–March 29, 2020)

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 to plan and reserve your field trip. We look forward to your visit!


  • 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.


Other Tours at the Kelsey Museum

For more information about our other tours, please visit our Group Tours or University and College pages.