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. January 2018 alone brought over 500 people through the museum’s doors on just Saturdays and Sundays, not including groups during the week or after hours.
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 Association of Science-Technology Centers’ Travel Passport program.
**Kingman Museum would like to thank February’s sponsor:
the Guido A. and Elizabeth H. Binda Foundation.
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.
DINO DAYS NOW OPEN January through February!
Whether you have an interest in paleontology or just love dinosaurs, stop by Kingman Museum’s Dinosaur Days exhibit!
Dinosaur Days returns January to February in Kingman Museum’s lower level exhibit area, featuring fossils, dinosaur restorations, kids’ activities, videos and everything you could ever want to know about dinosaurs!
Back by popular demand will be Vinnie the Velociraptor, a life-size restoration of the velociraptors seen in “Jurassic Park,” on loan from GeoScape Rock Shop in Paw Paw. Other items on display include:
- Real fossils of leg bones and vertebrae from the giant sauropod dinosaur Diplodocus
- A cast of an adult Tyrannosaurus rex brain case, only the size of a banana despite their huge size
- Casts of the first two complete skeletons of the feathered dinosaur Archaeopteryx
- Multiple bones from Allosaurus include the pelvis of one featuring the hole left from the fatal strike by a Stegosaurus tail spike.
Book reading of “The Old Man and the Tree” Feb. 24!
Come in from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 to hear Dick Schlatter read his book “The Old Man and the Tree,” with two readings at 2 and 3 p.m.
Schlatter, the artist behind the giant Abraham Lincoln made of over 24,000 pennies that took the public vote grand prize at ArtPrize 2017, wrote the book based on a maple tree he had removed from his backyard. In the book, a man named Fred forms a bond with a tree in his yard, enjoying the tree’s shade and natural habitat it gives to animals. But after years of raking up leaves and unclogging gutters due to the tree, Fred has the tree removed out of frustration, to his immediate regret. Schlatter wrote the book hoping to teach kids loyalty and respect, even towards something as simple as a tree.
Schlatter’s book reading is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Battle Creek. Leila Arboretum staff will also be doing tree-related kids’ crafts at the museum from noon to 2 p.m.
“Great Minds: Century of Flight” coming March to April!
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 in March and April.
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.
“Great Minds: Century of Flight” opens Saturday, March 3 and runs through April 29. 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.
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 third in the four part series on Saturday, March 24, 2018.
“Promised Land: Journeys in the Middle East” with Rick Ray
The Middle East is a land of hospitality, a place where people make strangers feel at home. At the same time, it’s also been witness to acts of unspeakable brutality between warring tribes throughout history. It’s a world of paradoxes, one that is explored in director Rick Ray’s new film. “The Promised Land” represents a travel documentary through several Middle Eastern countries including Israel, Jordan and Turkey, and it showcases the wonders of those lands while discussing their rich histories and cultures. It will include wonders such as Petra, Jerusalem, the Cedars of Lebanon, and Cappadocia.
Award-winning cinematographer, writer, editor and director Rick Ray has traveled the world to capture images of its peoples and cultures. A former Lonely Planet Backpacker, Rick has produced numerous films on regions as diverse as Israel, Bali, Borneo, Lebanon, Syria and Iceland with titles that include “Raise the Bamboo Curtain” with Martin Sheen, the highly regarded “The Soul of India”, and the acclaimed documentary titled “10 Questions For The Dalai Lama.” Rick is founder and president of the web-based stock footage company DVarchive.com and is a frequent lecturer at performing arts centers and universities across the United States.
We are excited to have Rick 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
(Promised Land RSVP on Facebook here)
April 21 – “The Misty Isles of Scotland” with Tom Sterling
(Scotland RSVP on Facebook here)