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University and College

The Kelsey Museum is a distinctive and significant resource for the University of Michigan community and fellow colleges and universities in the region. In addition to the permanent and special exhibitions, we offer a wide range of programs developed as resources for university audiences. All programs listed below can be specifically tailored to meet course requirements. For more details, please contact the Education Department by emailing or calling (734) 647-4167.

University Tours

This is our most popular resource for university classes. Tours are led by our knowledgeable docents and staff members and are tailored to the specifics of your course. Visit the University Tours page for details.

Experiential Learning Activities

Activity components are opportunities for students to engage more deeply with the topic of the tour. They are designed to encourage students’ analytic thinking and to allow them to explore the roles of archaeologists and museums in our understanding of past cultures. Visit the Experiential Learning Activities page for details.

Please note: A minimum of 6 weeks advance notice is needed.

Classroom Outreach

If a visit to the museum is not an option, the Kelsey Museum is also able to bring the tour to your classroom. A member of our education staff can visit your classroom and deliver an engaging presentation on the Kelsey and its collections.

We would also be excited to work with you in developing course curriculum that incorporates the Kelsey Museum and its collections.  

The Kelsey Prize for Excellence in Archaeological Research and Interpretation
The Kelsey Prize is an invitation to all University of Michigan undergraduate students to explore and discover the stories behind the objects at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. A cash prize will be given to the projects that best demonstrate excellence in research and interpretation of the Kelsey’s archaeological collections. For more information about the Kelsey Prize and how to enter this year’s competition, please visit the Kelsey Prize page.

Kelsey Archaeological Forum

Are you a student who loves the Kelsey Museum and wants to be more involved? We are looking for responsible and enthusiastic students to join our Kelsey Archaeological Forum to help with programs and events at the Kelsey Museum. More information can be found on the Kelsey Archaeological Forum page.

Other Resources

Please see our events calendar for more information on our lectures, workshops, and public programs, which can also be resources for students and courses.


For all questions related to university and college tours and resources, please contact the Education Department at or (734) 647-4167.