622 Allegan St.
Plainwell, MI 49080
Phone: (269) 685-9891
Fax: (269) 685-9791
622 Allegan St. , Plainwell, MI, US, 49080
- Phone: (269) 685-9891
- Fax: (269) 685-9791
Arts & Museums
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!
Located within a 1906 building that used to be the county jail and the Sheriff's house, is the Allegan Old Jail Museum. Highlighting the history of the town and giving interesting insights into jail conditions in the '60s, the museum displays over 10,000 artifacts. Apart from this, the museum also displays diorama of various businesses that thrived here way back then. Open to public on Saturdays from 10a to 1p, the museum makes for an interesting visit.
One of the best automobile museums in the nation, this museum features 130 cars that trace the history of American automobiles. Some of the models displayed include Rolls Royces, sports cars, Cadillacs, Corvettes, and Packards.
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 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.