The Kelso Museum of Near Eastern Archaeology has its roots in a program of archaeological field work in the Near East that began in 1924 focusing on the Lands of the Bible: modern day Israel, West Bank, and Jordan. Its exhibits highlight daily life in ancient times including landscape and settlement patterns; domestic and communal architecture; agriculture and food preparation; technologies, crafts, and stylistic traditions; trade; religious observance; and memory and writing systems and practice. The museum is part of a multifaceted archaeology program that includes an on-going excavation at Tel Zayit in Israel as well as academic courses and a lecture program that brings leading archaeologists to Pittsburgh. Watch this 360' video to learn more about the Museum.

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Typically, the Museum is open Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. by appointment only.

The Museum will be closed Fri., April 15 and Sat., April 16, 2022. 

To make an appointment, call the Museum at 412-924-1395 or complete the online reservation form. Reservations must be made by 3:00 p.m. the day before the scheduled visit, and visitors must receive confirmation of an approved visit before arriving. 

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