Natural History.. Space.. Earth Science.. 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.
Take a walk through Michigan habitats, get an upclose look at how the human body works, and see exotic animals and insects of the world. New classes explore the past, present, and future with activities investigating dinosaurs, outer space, and our own planet Earth. See one of our 20 planetarium shows and night sky talk under the stars.
Introducing FREE ADMISSION!
With Kingman Museum free to the public on weekends, we rely more than ever on the support of our guests and visitors to help keep our doors open.
Kingman Museum would like to thank our April sponsors:
William J. Comai, D.O. and Kimberly McLean, D.O.
Thank you for helping keep Kingman FREE for you and me!
NASA 2018 calendars now available! Plan ahead for the new year — decorate your space with the NASA Science 2018 Commemorative Calendar. This downloadable, full-color calendar features vibrant images of NASA science discoveries ranging from Earth to deep space. Each month also includes science mission facts, important dates in science history, and a monthly highlight about the people who have impacted science though the ages. Click here to download and print your copy today.
“Great Minds: Century of Flight” March to June!
Humankind’s dream of travelling through the skies dates back many centuries. While air travel today is commonplace for people around the world, advancements continue to be made to make aircraft fly faster, fly safer and consume less fuel. Explore the history of aircraft and engineering advancements in aviation at “Great Minds: Century of Flight” on loan from NASA’s Glenn Research Center now through June.
The exhibit features detailed timelines of achievements in aeronautics, models of experimental aircraft still in the works, and how advancements in aviation affect our ability to travel to space. Also on display will be a complimentary exhibit by Kingman Museum staff showcasing different wing configurations and what effect they have on the aircraft’s ability to fly.
Kingman Museum’s annual “Great Minds” exhibit series was founded to focus on the creators behind great scientific advancements. Previous Great Minds exhibits have included chemistry, optical illusions, inventions and patents, the science of memories and Renaissance-era cabinets of curiosity.
This exhibit was made possible in part by a grant from the Battle Creek Community Foundation.
ASTRONOMY DAY April 21!
Come celebrate Astronomy Day at Kingman Museum Saturday, April 21! In addition to the museum’s regular activities for public open hours 10am-4pm, we will have space-themed activities and demonstrations as well as refreshments. Astronomy Day is a holiday in the U.S. designed to help the general public interact with astronomy enthusiasts, groups and professional astronomers. Come in that Saturday, enjoy our planetarium and learn about the universe!
PASSPORT TO DISCOVERY FILM SERIES
Kiwanis Club of Battle Creek and Kingman Museum together present the 74th annual Passport to Discovery Film Series. Four personally presented films of adventure, exploration, travel, and discovery will be featured. $9 each ticket or $30 for season ticket to all 4 shows sold at the door. Each show held at the Kool Family Community Center (200 W Michigan Ave, Battle Creek MI 49017) at 1:00 pm. Intermission with light refreshments. Raffles and prizes!
Join us for the last installment in the four part series on Saturday, April 21, 2018. “The Misty Isles of Scotland” with filmmaker Tom Sterling
Wool gathering, whiskey distilling, stone circles, prehistoric stone towers, castle exploring and wildlife watching are enjoyed, but the islands surrounding mainland Scotland are also full of many unexpected and delightful surprises. A Basket Weaver in the Shetlands will charm you, as will a Wool Knitter on Skye and a Tweed Weaver on Lewis. Those with an archaeological bent will be amazed at the many stone circles, brochs, and burial mounds. Two of the most intact stone circles – The Callanish Stones and the giant Ring of Brodgar – are included in the story. Along the way the viewer will be treated to close-up encounters with many wild creatures including Red-Throated Loons, Puffins, Red Deer, Gray Seals, and the delightful Shetland Ponies on their namesake islands. It’s a journey you’ll want to experience again and again.
Tom Sterling, a resident of Crestwood, Kentucky, was born in Jackson, Michigan. He spent much of his boyhood exploring and enjoying the wondrous outdoor world of the Great Lakes region. Following high school he worked for a summer in Yellowstone National Park. A growing desire to travel led to five years with the United States Air Force and sojourns in Texas, Illinois, Idaho and Alaska. A wish to record his journey’s prompted a new interest – photography. After the military service, Tom acquired a degree from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources. The favorable reaction to a film, made for one of his classes, persuaded him to try travel/adventure film production as a career. We are excited to have Tom speak for us right here in Battle Creek!
RSVP on the Facebook event page here.
The Art & Science of Craft Beer AND CHOCOLATE – May 19!
Join us for the second year of The Art & Science of Craft Beer Fundraiser – this year with a chocolate twist! The Art & Science of Craft Beer is a unique twist on the classic Beer Festival. In addition to providing beer, each table will present a specific aspect of the brewing process. There will be music, food, demonstrations from some of your favorite breweries, and of course beer tastings! Plus this year we have added chocolate! The event will take place inside of Kingman Museum and in a tent on the grounds.
Check out this adult science fair and learn about the craft of beer making and chocolate! There will be classic beer, delicious chocolate, and a few special combinations! Proceeds benefit Kingman Museum. Ticket options are as follows:
General Admission: 4 Drink Tickets & 1 Logo Cup
$25 for Kingman Members / $30 for Non-Members
VIP Package: 5 Drink Tickets, 1 Event Bag,1 Logo Cup & 1 Event Shirt
$50 for Kingman Members / $55 for Non-Members
Date Night: 2 VIP Packages (10 Drinks, 2 bags, 2 Cups, 2 shirts)
$90 for Kingman Members / $100 for Non-Members
Help keep Kingman Museum free to the public! If you consider Kingman Museum a valuable resource and destination in Southwest Michigan, please visit our gift shop, take out a membership or make a donation to us through PayPal. Kingman Museum members receive free planetarium shows, a 10 percent discount in our gift shop, and can receive free or reduced admission at over 600 museums and science centers enrolled in the ASTC Travel Passport program.
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.