Museums in Kalamazoo


Admission for Four or Individual or Family Annual Membership to Coopersville Farm Museum (Up to 50% Off)

Coopersville Farm Museum

Coopersville

Quilts, tractors, and mementos of rural life housed in 12,000-square-foot facility that hosts live music, quilting circles, and line dancing

$16 $8

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Individual, Family, or Specialty Membership at Engine House No. 5 Fire Museum (Up to 60% Off)

Engine House No. 5 Fire Museum

Allendale

Visitors explore a collection of vintage fire-fighting vehicles and gear, some of which dates back to the late 1600s

$26 $13

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Annual Individual or Family Membership to R.E. Olds Transportation Museum (Up to 49% Off)

R.E. Olds Transportation Museum

The Stadium District

More than 50 vehicles built from 1886 through 2003 celebrate the legacy and innovation of R.E. Olds

$25 $13

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Annual Family or Archivists' Society Membership at Tri-Cities Historical Museum (Up to 70% Off)

Tri-Cities Historical Museum

Tri-Cities Historical Museum

Explore the Tri-Cities’ past with museum membership, which also includes invites to special events and research assistance

$35 $20

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Waco Air Museum Visit for Two, Four, or Six Adults in Troy (Half Off)

Waco Air Museum

WACO Air Museum

Air museum honors iconic Troy-based aircraft company with continually upgraded collection & displays inside several historic buildings

$12 $6

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Admission for Two Adults or Family Up to Six at National Military History Center (Up to 48% Off)

National Military History Center

Auburn

Learn about American military history with artifacts, 60-plus military vehicles, stories, and exhibits about Pearl Harbor, WWII, and more

$20 $11

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Kalamazoo Nature Center's 14-mile expanse of trails weaves around 1,100 acres of ponds, prairies, and forests, giving nature lovers of all ages an ample arena to hike, learn, and explore one of the first nature centers in the country. Membership allows unlimited free admission to the preserve so that visitors can soak up a diverse array of wild flowers, birds, and majestic park benches in natural habitat. Kalamazoo hosts a slew of family and children activities on select Saturdays, such as "Story Corner at the Barn," during which a storyteller corrals tykes aged 8 and younger for visits with sheep, goats, and barnyard residents before and after reading them pastoral tales. Additionally, Kalamazoo Nature Center members receive a 10% discount at Expedition Gift Shop, a bimonthly newsletter subscription, and discounts on youth camps for ages 3–17.
7000 N Westnedge Ave
Kalamazoo,
MI
US
Vintage vehicles have been motoring into the Gilmore's antique buildings since 1966, bequeathing their retired chassis to the museum's collection of more than 200 horseless carriages. The classic chariots reside in more than two-dozen relocated, reconstructed edifices, including eight historic barns, a re-created 1930s service station, and a Mayan pyramid no one remembers erecting. The retro rides are occasionally cut loose for driving demonstrations on the 3 miles of paved roads contained within the museum grounds, filling the ears of visitors with the thrilling thrum of yesteryear. The campus also houses several transplanted collections, including the Model A Ford collection featuring cars invented 19 letters before the Model T. Though not included with this Groupon, day-trippers can sustain themselves with lunch served at the pristinely preserved Blue Moon Diner. Surfeited seekers of knowledge may then head to the Gilmore Car Museum Library to gorge their brains on the pickled publications and preserved prints. The collection houses thousands of items and articles, including owner's manuals, parts books, and pinups of scantily clad cars. Plan ahead and catch a special event to see even more historical hot rods than are kept on site.
6865 W Hickory Rd
Hickory Corners,
MI
US
Every year, Kirk Newman Art School encourages students of all ages to explore sculpture, painting, printmaking, and other disciplines in more than 300 classes. Designed to complement the school?s curriculum, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts? collection highlights American works in these and other mediums, including ceramics and photography. The museum includes European prints and pieces from Africa and East Asia right alongside the art of American luminaries like Janet Fish, the only painter who's ever had gills. Besides its permanent and rotating exhibitions, the institute hosts programs that range from lectures to an annual juried competition for local high school artists.
314 S Park St.
Kalamazoo,
MI
US
In The Kingman Museum’s newly opened mezzanine exhibit, a polar bear, frozen mid-snarl, presides over his fellow Ice Age beasts. Surrounding this tableau are glass cases filled with fanged skulls of extinct predators, prehistoric pottery, and miniature replicas of ecosystems. The eclectic exhibits lend the room the aura of a cabinet of curiosities, and are indicative of The Kingman Museum’s expansive mission to “provide lifelong learning opportunities in natural history, the universe, and world cultures for all ages for all time.” The scope of the museum reflects the swashbuckling spirit of its founder, Edward Morris Brigham. In the late 1800s, the explorer embarked on expeditions down the Amazon River, hiked across the Alaska tundra, and hopscotched across Hawaiian Islands. He toted back with him exotic specimens, fossils, and cultural artifacts, which now form the core of the museum’s collection. Over the years, the museum has expanded to include a planetarium, which screens nearly two dozen educational films that range from deep-space exploration to quests for the long-lost city of Pittsburgh. Additionally, museum curators inspire young minds with a slew of educational programs.
175 Limit St
Battle Creek,
MI
US
The not-for-profit Forever Curious Children's Museum sprang from a simple philosophy: children learn best by doing. The museum?s labyrinthine series of exhibits embodies that philosophy with its myriad opportunities for interactive play, exploration, and experimentation. Casual visitors, birthday-party guests, and students on field trips can huddle inside the life-size wigwam and wooden canoe at the First People exhibit, which introduces young ones to America?s earliest inhabitants. Science exhibits encourage children to suit up in doctors? coats and study the human body or take a wheelchair for a spin to better empathize with disabled people. Learning begins at an early age, and the museum?s penned-in toddler area fascinates the youngest of minds with mini home furniture such an easy chair and a bed, beneath which lurks a disarmingly pintsize boogeyman.
202 E Main St
Fennville,
MI
US
The Kalamazoo Wedding Affair sets brides-to-be and their fianc?s loose to explore, meet, and bounce ideas off some of west Michigan's most sought-after wedding experts. Dozens of exhibitors converge to create a buffet of possibilities that range from bridal fashions, cakes, and catering to gift registries and photographers. Couples can also scope out postceremony services, including reception halls and honeymoon destinations.
272 Pearl St NW
Grand Rapids,
MI
US
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