165 Capital Ave., S.W.
Battle Creek, MI 49015
Phone: (269) 965-3976
Fax: (269) 965-7580
Arts & Museums
Although it cannot be termed a mansion, Kimball House Museum is a beautiful and lavish example of Queen Anne architecture which shows off the resplendence of the upper-middle class. The central tower is surrounded on both sides by turrets. The windows of the house are made from stained glass and there is beautiful walnut woodwork in different parts of the house. This 14-room house, built in 1886 was home to Dr. Arthur Kimball, the first of three generations of doctors who blessed the local community. The house was turned into a museum when, after the death of the third Dr. Kimball, the family donated the house to community. Today, the museum contains several intriguing exhibits.
Dr. John Harvey Kellogg Discovery Center is a part of the Historic Adventist Village in Battle Creek, MI. While the village recreates life in the 19th-century, using many restored homes, buildings and such, the Discovery Center focuses on the medical practices of the era. There are several artifacts and displays that describe various techniques that were used by doctors and surgeons till about a hundred years ago. They also have sections where practices used at the Battle Creek Sanitarium are highlighted. Open all week, between April and October, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg Discovery Center makes for a very interesting visit. Admission through donation only.
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.
Once a stately home, The Honolulu House Museum is an epitome of impressive Italianate architecture with Gothic Revival tones. The house is one of its kind and it is bound to catch your attention if you are walking or driving by the North Kalamazoo Avenue. This house was constructed by Abner Pratt, and its dark green exterior with tropical nuances were designed in a way to recreate Pratt's fondness of Hawaii where he was a State Council there. Today this house is from where the Marshall Historical Society operates, but it is open to visitors on seasonal basis.
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.
One of the most interesting museums in the city, Marshall Postal Museum has a plethora of knowledge in store for you. Giving a detailed account of the postal history of the country, this museum has everything from old mail boxes, postal stamps, delivery vehicles to figurines and more. The museum is surrounded by several old photographs that give a pictorial account of the rich history of this medium of communication which is long forgotten after the advent of wireless technology. The museum is free but what is offers is simply invaluable. If you have little ones take them along to show them the rich history of postal service, the apparatus around is sure to leave them awestruck!
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 charming roadside museum is known for their various exhibits of paintings, antiques, sculptures, rare mineral stones, charcoal drawings and more. Visitors will find something new each and every time, thanks to the Brueckner Museum's temporary and traveling exhibits. The museum also offers a few permanent pieces. Admission is complimentary, however donations are happily accepted.
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!
A visit to the Kids 'N' Stuff Children's Museum is a rare combination of learning with fun. This lovely museum aims at talking to children in an interactive fashion to give them a glimpse of agricultural life in the state, and also has a number of displays like a make-believe grocery store, a small veterinarian center, a play area for toddlers and much more. The admission price is quite inexpensive but the plethora of fun that lies in store is simply invaluable. Such is the atmosphere at the Kids 'N' Stuff Children's Museum that kids will just not want to leave this place!