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Tours for Homeschoolers

All in-person guided tours are canceled until further notice. If you're planning a visit to the museum, please refer to the information about our self-guided tours. We also offer themed virtual tours of the museum on some Saturdays. Click here to see the tour schedule.

Virtual Visits

We are not offering in-person field trips this school year. Instead, bring the Kelsey to your classroom with a virtual visit! Virtual visits include a virtual tour with close looking at objects and an activity.

Plan Your Virtual Visit 

2021–2022

Step 1: Choose a topic or ancient civilization to explore (Archaeology, Egypt, Middle East, Greece, Rome, Ancient Writing, Special Exhibition, Custom Topic)

  • Tours take 30 minutes to 1 hour
  • Our current special exhibition explores themes and artifacts that resonate with all ages: 

                Randal Stegmeyer: Exposing the Past (May 1, 2020–present)

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 kelsey.ed@umich.edu to plan and reserve your virtual visit. We look forward to your visit!

Activities

  • 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)

Contact the Education Department

If you have any questions, contact the Education Department at kelsey.ed@umich.edu or 734.647.4167.