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Online Exhibitions

You can tour many of the Kelsey's past and present exhibitions by visiting their websites. Click on the links below for a virtual visit.

Now Online: "Archaeologies of Childhood"

The 2003 Kelsey Museum special exhibition Archaeologies of Childhood: The First Years of Life in Roman Egypthas now been re-created online as a virtual exhibition. Relive your visit to the show or see it now for the first time.

Current Exhibition

Ancient Color

Past Exhibitions

Urban Biographies, Ancient and Modern

Excavating Archaeology @ U-M: 1817–2017

Jim Cogswell - Cosmogonic Tattoos

The Art and Science of Healing: From Antiquity to the Renaissance

Leisure and Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis near Pompeii

Less Than Perfect

Rocks, Paper, Memory: Wendy Artin's Watercolor Paintings of Ancient Sculptures

Death Dogs: The Jackal Gods of Ancient Egypt

Pearls of Wisdom: The Arts of Islam at the University of Michigan

Discovery! Excavating the Ancient World

Conserving Antiquity

A Man of Many Parts: The Life and Legacy of Francis Willey Kelsey

Mary Upjohn Meader: Pioneering Adventures over Africa

Building a New Rome: The Imperial Colony of Pisidian Antioch

Archaeologies of Childhood: The First Years of Life in Roman Egypt

Cavafy's World

More Online Exhibitions


In addition, the Kelsey Museum cosponsored several online-only exhibitions in collaboration with other University units:

  • Death on Display in the Ancient Worldan online exhibition mounted by students in the class "Death in the Ancient World" during the Winter 1998 term.
  • Traditions of Magic in Late Antiquityan exhibition in the Special Collections Library at the University of Michigan Library dealing with manuals of magical practices, various protective devices, and the uses of ancient magic.
  • The Art of the Fake: Egyptian Forgeries from the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology: an Internet Public Library exhibition of selected Egyptian artifacts — both real and fake. How and why museums come to acquire forgeries, and what we mean when we talk about different kinds of fakes. (Note: The Internet Public Library is no longer an active website.)