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.
Kingman Museum will be closed for the Labor Day weekend: September 1, 2, 3.
Summer Fridays are winding down: Regular hours resume back up after Labor Day! Starting Saturday September 9, Kingman Museum will be open to the public Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00am to 4:00pm.
Kingman Museum announces its newest exhibition open 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.
Kingman Museum will offer 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 will be providing free entry on September 23, including us! Learn more here. #museumdaylive #boundlesscuriosity
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.