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The Kelsey Museum of Archaeology recognizes the diversity of our visitors, and we offer a variety of programs and services to ensure the accessibility of the Museum and its collection.

For general access information and program information, call (734) 764-9304 or email

For more information about the University of Michigan and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts’ commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, visit the following sites:

Wheelchair Accessibility

All public areas of the Kelsey are wheelchair accessible. 

  • The Maynard Street entrance has ramp access and power-assist doors. Curbside drop-offs are possible at the Maynard entrance. An elevator provides access to the second-floor galleries and the gift shop. Wheelchair-accessible restrooms are located on the first and second floors of the museum.
  • All events in the Kelsey are wheelchair accessible.
  • The Kelsey does not provide mobility devices but welcomes your personal walkers and wheelchairs.
  • There are permanent benches in several locations in the galleries.  

Accessible Parking Locations

  • On East William Street, near the corner of Maynard Street (one space). To get to the Kelsey from here, follow Maynard Street south, past the Helen Newberry Residence, on the east side of the street. The access ramp to the Museum’s Maynard entrance is at the south side of the Upjohn Wing.
  • On South State Street, across from the Kelsey Museum (one space). There is a crosswalk to the south, near the Michigan Union; you can also go north to cross at the traffic light at William Street. Use the paved walkway just south of the Museum to access the Maynard Street entrance.
  • Maynard Parking Structure, on Maynard Street, north of the Kelsey Museum (14 spaces). To get to the Kelsey from here, travel south on Maynard Street (to your right if coming from the Maynard side of the structure; left if exiting on Thompson Street). Follow Maynard Street to the Kelsey Museum (on left, past Helen Newberry Residence). The ramp to the Maynard entrance is at the south side of the Upjohn Wing.

For more information, please refer to the accessible parking map provided by the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority.

Resources for Visitors Affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

The Kelsey Museum welcomes visitors of all ages and abilities to enjoy our exhibitions and programs. Two free resources are now available to families visiting the museum—Sensory Friendly Kits and the Rome Activity Bag.

  • Sensory Friendly Kits can be borrowed for use by individuals with autism. Sometimes visiting a new place is difficult. Our goal is to make a visit as easy and welcoming as possible. Each Sensory Friendly Kit contains headphones, sunglasses, various fidget toys, and emotion communication cards. The kits also include a Social Story that can help families prepare for a visit to the museum—from the parking lot through the exhibits. Families can also download a PDF of the Social Story in advance of their visit.
  • The Rome Activity Bag is full of different activities for kids of all ages and abilities. Try out Blindfold Artifact ID in front of the Health and Beauty case upstairs, play a game of merels, plan a multicourse Roman dinner party in the Villa of the Mysteries, design a magnetic mosaic, or read the book G is for Gladiator together.

Service Animals

The Kelsey Museum follows the guidelines set forth by the University of Michigan’s Office for Institutional Equity, which state, “service animals may be used by individuals with disabilities in order to participate in or gain access to programs, benefits, or services at the University.” Please refer to the OIE’s full statement for information about what kinds of animals are allowed and the conditions under which a service animal might be restricted or removed from a public space.