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.
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, July 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 @ 1-4pm
On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will cross the continental United States from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. The last time a total eclipse crossed the United States from sea to sea was June 8, 1918. The 2017 eclipse in either total or partial phase can be seen by over 500 million people in North and South America, Europe, and Africa. In the U.S., millions will gather along a tiny ribbon less than 100 miles wide to see totality, the complete blocking out of the sun by the Moon which will reveal the solar corona. The rest of entire country will be able to see a partial eclipse. Michigan will see about 80%. It is also truly an historic event and a wonderful opportunity to view one of nature’s most stunning displays.
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 starting at 1:00pm to when it ends just before 4:00pm. Peak performance @ 2:20pm. Safety eyeglasses will be for sale. Space themed refreshments and craft activities for the kids provided. Families are invited to stay through the entire event or come and go at their convenience.
Want to learn more? Join us Thursday, August 17 @ 6:30pm downtown at Willard Library (7 W. Van Buren St. Battle Creek, MI 49017) where educators from Kingman Museum will lecture on the science behind the 2017 solar eclipse with hands-on demonstrations and resources to take home.