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Kelsey Museum of Archaeology Education Outreach (Traveling Suitcases)


Rent one of the Kelsey Museum’s exciting traveling educational suitcases and bring a “civilization-in-a-crate” right to your classroom or community group! These kits, which are made available to K-12 schools, hospitals, senior citizens groups, and others by the University of Michigan’s Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, were recently recognized by “Archaeology” magazine as one of the TOP FIVE CREATIVE ARCHAEOLOGICAL OUTREACH INITIATIVES in North America.

Topics for Kindergarten through Grade 4 are: Pyramids and Puzzles, Eureka! Ancient Inventions, and Greek Mythology. Topics for Grades 5-12 and others include: Egypt, Greek Art & Archaeology, Rome, the Near East (Assyria, Babylon, Sumeria), Wenamon of Egypt, Jason & the Argonauts, Medieval Explorers, and Invention & Discovery.

Each kit contains a small portable library, interactive and audio-visual materials, and reproductions. Rental is $20 per day per each 10-day session. Kits may be picked up, or may be shipped by Kelsey to you at a cost of $25 per each 10-day session + return shipping charges. To order, please contact: Dr. Lauren Talalay, Curator of Education, Kelsey Museum, University of Michigan, 434 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1390; (313) 647-0441.

In addition to the cities mentioned elsewhere, the Kelsey traveling suitcases have also gone to Jackson, Michigan; Tokyo, Japan; and Barcelona, Spain.

Contact Information

Dr. Lauren Talalay; Todd Gerring

434 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1390

Phone: (734) 647-4167
E-mail: talalay@umich.edu

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Literature, Science & the Arts

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Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

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Ann Arbor

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Arts, Continuing & Community, Early Childhood and Elementary (pre-6), Education: Higher Ed, Middle and High School (7-12), Science & Research