The Museum's permanent exhibition of artifacts is carefully chosen and presented by Kelsey curators to represent and explain the range of objects in our collections. It was reconceived and reinstalled in the William E. Upjohn Exhibit Wing in 2009.
In addition to the permanent exhibition,a portion of the Museum is dedicated to special exhibitions that change on a regular basis. Topically oriented, or focused on specific Kelsey fieldwork projects or Museum initiatives, these exhibitions present artifacts from our own collections as well as objects borrowed from museums around the world. Many of these special exhibitions are preserved in online versions once they have closed.
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.
More Online Exhibitions
- Animals in the Kelsey
- The Villa of the Mysteries in Pompeii: Ancient Ritual, Modern Muse
- Dominated and Demeaned: Representations of the Other
- The Fabric of Everyday Life: Textiles from Karanis, Egypt
- Music in Roman Egypt
- Early Islamic Inscribed Textiles
- Reconstructing Personal Style in Late Antiquity
- Sepphoris in Galilee: Crosscurrents of Culture
- A Taste of the Ancient World
- Women and Gender in Ancient Egypt
- Images of Empire: Flavian Fragments in Rome and Ann Arbor Rejoined
- Caught Looking: Exhibiting the Kelsey
- Ancient Nubia: Egypt's Rival in Africa
- Byzantium: University of Michigan Collections and Expeditions
- From Riches to Rags: Indian Block-Printed Textiles Traded to Egypt
- Dangerous Archaeology: Francis Willey Kelsey and Armenia (1919–1920)
- Portals to Eternity: The Necropolis at Terenouthis in Lower Egypt
- Wondrous Glass: Reflections on the World of Rome c. 50 BC–AD 650
In addition, the Kelsey Museum cosponsored several online-only exhibitions in collaboration with other University units:
- Death on Display in the Ancient World: an online exhibition mounted by students in the class "Death in the Ancient World" during the Winter 1998 term.
- Traditions of Magic in Late Antiquity: an 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.