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 with every visit.
“Great Minds: Curiosity” is now running through the end of June!
Ever wonder what strange treasures reside in Kingman Museum’s collection? “Great Minds: Curiosity” has turned the museum’s lower level exhibit space into a modern-day cabinet of curiosities! During the Renaissance, wealthy individuals often began to collect things they wanted to learn more about – animal bones, rocks, crystals, fossils, works of art, cultural artifacts and more. In Victorian times many of these “cabinets of curiosities” formed the basis for museum collections around the world. “Great Minds: Curiosity” will be full of interesting artifacts from Kingman Museum’s collection that are sure to make you say, “Huh! I never knew that!”
Visitors will also find new things at the museum outside the exhibit, including the new Tri-Light Box wall, a larger-than-life Lite Brite-like activity area with painted bottles in place of colored pegs, another new hands-on science area including plasma balls and a Euler’s disk and a new assortment of gift shop items including stuffed animals. The museum’s 16-foot Native American birch bark canoe, which previously hung from the ceiling, also recently returned to the museum after being stored off-site.
Just in time for summer break, Kingman Museum will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m starting Friday, June 23. The extended open hours also mean two more planetarium shows at 10:15 and 11:15.
Kingman Museum announces its newest exhibition opening Sat, June 1
“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.
Kingman Museum FREE Solar Eclipse Watch Party
Grab your blanket or lawn chair and join us on Monday, August 21, 2017 as we catch the partial eclipse moving across our local sky. Safety eyeglasses will be for sale. Space themed refreshments and craft activities for the kids provided. Time of event TBD.
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.