622 Allegan St.
Plainwell, MI 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.
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 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.
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.
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.