Natural History! Space! Science and Technology! World Cultures!
Located inside the beautiful trails of Leila Arboretum, Kingman Museum is a hidden treasure in Southwest Michigan housing an extensive natural history collection and Digistar Planetarium. A local landmark in Battle Creek for over 80 years, Kingman Museum works to provide a universal place of hands-on learning for our community and a unique educational experience at every age with each visit.
Kingman Museum July through September:
“MOVE IT! The Art, Science, and Fun of Toy Design” In MOVE IT! we pull back the curtain on the design process from initial ideas to prototyping to final designs and distribution.
You’ll be introduced to a duo of product designers who are rocking the toy world with their problem solving skills and adding fun along the way. This exhibition shares a glimpse into the dynamic design world and work of Jon and Sarah Vanderbeek of Sweet Spot Studio, Inc. located in Saugatuck, Michigan. Jon Vanderbeek has a background merging technology and toy design with invention think tanks like The Obb and Bang Zoom. Sarah Vanderbeek has worked in product design with many gift and apparel companies including Coach, Amscan and Russ Berrie. This creative team formed Sweet Spot Studios, Inc., and they partner and consult with industry leaders including Mattel, Hasbro, and Fisher Price designing the toys you and your kids love.
Come play, learn, and laugh with us as we explore the intersections of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (S.T.E.A.M.) and how all of this makes toys move! There will be hands-on activities for kids, teens and adults.
Free admission Saturday, September 23
Museum Day Live! is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket on September 23, including us! The Museum Day Live! ticket provides free admission for two people. Learn more and get your ticket here. #museumdaylive #boundlesscuriosity
Kingman Museum announces its newest exhibition open October through December: “BONES: The Framework of Life” In our modern manner of speech, the phrase “bare bones” refers to the stripped-down, elemental characteristics of something. We get “chilled to the bone” in those cold winds and rains of early winter. We watch television shows, like “CSI” and “Bones” in which the study of bone is utilized in solving crime. We dress as skeletons on Halloween. We regularly eat the meat from chicken wings while watching sports, and we crave a rack of BBQ ribs for our summer cookouts. Anyone who has fractured a bone has realized what an inconvenience even a broken pinky toe can be. It is clear that bone plays an essential role in the lives of living things. It is a critical biological structure that gives animals their shape and their abilities. It is the anchor for muscle, the protector of organs. It holds much of the meat we eat and provides the savory essence of the soup broth we find so comforting when ill. In this exhibit, the Kingman Museum will trace bone from its creation in living organisms to its function in human life long after that organism has perished. We will explore the biological structure it imparts, as well as its use in tool making, studying natural history, and cultural expression. So, join us to enter the not-so-hidden world of bone and explore this particular framework of life.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE AT SPOOKY SCIENCE SATURDAY
A FREE trick-or-treating event Saturday, October 28 from 11am to 3pm on the grounds of Kingman Museum, Leila Arboretum, and the Kaleidoscope Garden. Dozens of interactive science stations focused on STEM activities hosted by our community partners. Aimed at children 6 to 12 years old, but whole families welcome. A fun day for all! $1 hayrides through the Arboretum. Food truck on site. We will be collecting peanut butter and canned food for Silver Star Apartments (for homeless Vets) in collaboration with BC Elks Lodge 131. Donations welcome!
Kingman Museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, as well as a member of the Association of Science and Technology Centers and Michigan Museums Association.