Summer at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology is winding down — can you believe it? We’ve had a lot of fun so far this year, and we're gearing up for new adventures!

Family Day

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.

Excavations at Kelsopolis

In July, we offered the Excavations at Kelsopolis dig program to groups visiting the museum. Campers from the Museum of Natural History visited to practice their excavation skills. They found many pieces of pottery and practiced reassembling them, just like an archaeologist would. Maybe one day one of these campers will be off digging at Notion, Olynthos, or Gabii as a University of Michigan student!

Fall 2018

We have even more kid-friendly programs planned for the Fall!

Read and Look

Join us for Read and Look in the museum galleries on select Saturdays! We will take over a corner of the museum to read a book about the ancient world together. Then we’ll find related artifacts and art on display! This tour is great for our younger visitors, ages 4–8. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The program begins at 2:00 p.m.

August 25In Egyptian Times, by Kate Davies and Alfredo Belli

October 6G is for Gladiator, by Debbie and Michael Shoulders

November 3The Museum, by Susan Verde

December 8Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile, by Tomie dePaola

Family Day: Discovering Ancient Cities

On Sunday, October 21, explore the ancient cities of Gabii (Italy), Notion (Turkey), and Olynthos (Greece) through fun, hands-on museum activities. All of our activities will be based on the artifacts found by University of Michigan archaeologists excavating these fascinating cities!

Haunted History Tour

On Saturday, October 27, at 2:00 p.m., kids are welcome to attend a “Haunted History” tour! “Long ago, in a valley far, far away, a boy named Djehutymose, found an ancient tomb, neglected and forlorn, in the great desert. Inside the tomb was a lonely mummy, who had been waiting for someone to remember him....” Come in costume to receive a prize!

All of these programs are free and open to all visitors. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend this tour, please contact the education office (734-647-4167) at least two weeks in advance. We ask for advance notice as some accommodations may require more time for the University to arrange.