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Family Day

Family Day is a biannual, family-friendly event featuring engaging, hands-on activities related to the cultures of the ancient Middle East, Greece, Egypt, and Rome!

Discover how people lived in the past by playing ancient games, handling replica artifacts, trying on ancient clothing, and learning to write in new alphabets.

Explore the museum on kid-friendly tours of the museum galleries and learn how to explore the ancient world in continuing activities at home.

Create your own versions of ancient artifacts to take home (like frescoes, mosaics, mummies, toys, jewelry, pottery, hieroglyphs, seals, and more) inspired by the artifacts on display at the Kelsey Museum.

Family Day is free and open to the public. Engaging, hands-on activities take place in Newberry Hall. Kid-friendly tours of the galleries will take place at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 PM.

The Ancient Egypt Family Day on March 24, 2018, was our biggest event yet! Kids of all ages came to the museum to mummify Barbies, tour Egyptian tombs with virtual-reality glasses, create Egyptian crowns, and (of course!) see the amazing Egyptian artifacts on display in the galleries.


Past Family Days

March 28–April 3, 2021 | Ancient Health & Wellness

October 18–23, 2020 | Ancient Storytelling

October 20, 2019 | Graffiti and Ancient Kush

March 24, 2018 | Ancient Egypt

October 21, 2017 | Excavating Archaeology @ U-M: 1817-2017

April 8, 2017 | The Art and Science of Healing

October 8, 2016 | Ancient Toys and Games

April 9, 2016 | Leisure and Luxury in the Age of Nero