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.
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.
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.
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 first in the four part series on Saturday, October 21.
“The Lure and Lore of Deserts” with filmmaker Sandy Mortimer
The deserts of the world are not the same. Each is unique with it’s own look, feel and past. The one similarity they ALL have had however is their attraction to humans. Countless men and women…. each for their own reasons…have been lured to deserts throughout the centuries. The Deserts of Egypt, Israel and Jordan are where it’s said God first spoke to man…and filled with stories we hold sacred. While the vast sands have done their part to obscure the sites, we will sift through the past and present and relive those stories. The wealth of American Deserts also speaks of those lured throughout the centuries and the stories they’ve left behind. The lore and legends of the little know sites are still to be explored. Through Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and America we immerse ourselves in the natural beauty and splendor of Deserts to discover the Lore that has been left behind.
Sandy Mortimer’s career has ranged from politics to television production to travel films. Born and raised in Michigan, she was a flight attendant for American Airlines. And as public speaker and travel consultant for American Airlines, she traveled throughout the United States and the world. Later, she became a news reporter for a CBS television station, developing and sharpening her skills in film and video journalism She was also elected as County Commissioner. She went on to media production, producer for television and radio productions, and began to broaden her interest to include travel documentaries. She has performed in hundreds of cities both in the United States and Canada– Including the Carnegie and National Geographic in Washington D.C.
We are excited to have her speak right here in Battle Creek!
Passport to Discovery Film Series:
Oct 21 – “The Lure & Lore of Deserts” with Sandy Mortimer
(Deserts RSVP on Facebook here)
Nov 18 – “Hawaii & the South Pacific” with Marlin Darrah
(Hawaii RSVP on Facebook here)
March 24 – “Promised Land: Journeys in the Middle East” with Rick Ray
April 21 – “The Misty Isles of Scotland” with Tom Sterling
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!