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Self-Guided Visits

Our galleries are closed to large groups at the moment, and we have canceled all guided tours. But there are still a lot of fun things you can do at the Kelsey! Here are some ideas.

Sketching in the Galleries

Bring a pad of paper and a pencil and try your hand at sketching some of our objects. Please follow these guidelines:

  • Use graphite pencils and sketchbooks only. There are no exceptions to this rule. Charcoal, pastels, or liquid media are not permitted into the galleries.
  • Leave aerosols, solvents, paint thinners, and other combustibles at home. These are not permitted in the galleries or other public spaces of the museum (including the immediately outside the entrances). 
  • Leave all large portfolios at home, along with bookbags, large bags, and umbrellas.
  • Feel free to take photographs without a flash.
  • Be careful not to touch or lean against artifacts or cases.
  • Keep food and beverages outside the museum. Food (including gum) and beverages (including water) are not permitted in the galleries.
  • Leave your shoes on your feet while in the galleries, for your safety.
  • Keep pathways through the museum clear, especially in the area in front of the elevators, other handicap accessible entrances, and fire exits.

Scavenger Hunts

Try a scavenger hunt! Make up one of your own or try one of the ones below (you can download, print, and bring it with you):

Groups

If you are coming as a school group, please schedule your visit with our Education Department: kelsey.ed@umich.edu or 734.647.4167.

Questions?

If you have questions about how to plan your visit, you can refer to our Reopening Details page or contact the Education Department at kelsey.ed@umich.edu or 734.647.4167.