165 Capital Ave., S.W.
Battle Creek, MI 49015
Phone: (269) 965-3976
Fax: (269) 965-7580
Arts & Museums
Established in 1871, the Kingman Museum has been teaching the community of Battle Creek about natural history and world history for more than a century! Located on the Limit Street, the treasures here have no limits! With excellent programs for school children that focus on fun-learning, the museum also features a well maintained planetarium and a gift shop. Not to be missed here are the 1939 preserved human embryos and fetuses that swing between spooky, bizarre and beautiful. One of the very few places in the country to display almost fully developed fetuses, the Kingman Museum makes for an interesting visit! Open for public on Saturdays and Sundays between 12p and 4p, it is open only for private groups between Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The American Museum of Magic houses over half a million exhibits that include props used by famous magicians, photographs, books and magazines; all dedicated to the study of magic. Open to public, it is home to some of the rarest pieces in the world; the floating bulb that was designed by Thomas Edison is one such example. Open times may vary, so it is recommended you call ahead.
This charming museum is the perfect way to explore automotive history. From hot rods to pedal cars to an 1899 locomotive, you'll find cars of every shape and size here. Not only can you see over 300 cars, including antiques and collector vehicles, you can also see old American buildings. Spread out on 90 acres, the historic buildings adds to the vintage feel, including a Franklin Car Dealership from the 1918 and a 1930s Shell Gas Station. If you get hungry stop by the onsite 1941 George & Sally’s Blue Moon Dine for a slice of apple pie.
Established in 1977, the Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum, also called the Air Zoo, is located on Portage Road in near Downtown Portage. Displaying an eclectic collection of rare and antique aircrafts that includes a space simulator, the museum is also home to the biggest indoor, hand painted mural in the world. Just a few miles away from the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport, it also features a canteen and a gift shop. There are also many flight simulators on the offer.
This outstanding interactive museum offers a large array of hands-on science, history, and technology exhibits. Features include an Interactive Learning Hall, Challenger Learning Center, the Mercantile gift store, and a planetarium. The museum is open daily.
The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts or KIA as it is lovingly called is a rich resource for arts, and known to rope in some of the best traveling exhibitions in the state. Their permanent painting collection is not too bad either. Educational programs are always on for adults, kids, families and teenagers who can enjoy the classes and walks. Check website for details on past, current and upcoming exhibitions. Admission is free!
This center celebrates Kalamazoo's history as a celery farming center through its many tours, museums, and exhibits. Included are a turn-of-the-century schoolhouse, a 1930's grain elevator, the Hayloft Theatre, and the 1846 Stuart Mansion.