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 May!
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.
Come celebrate Earth Day at Kingman Museum Saturday, April 22! Kids and adults will learn more about the planet we live on and how we can protect it. Earth Day began in 1973 and is now celebrated in 192 countries around the world.
“The Art and Science of .. Craft Beer” Annual Fundraiser, May 13
If you’re a lover of Michigan beers and want to learn the science behind how your favorite beer is made, join us for our annual fundraiser 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 13. The event will include beer tastings, music and food, along with presentations and demonstrations from your favorite breweries.
General admission includes four drink tickets and an event bag. For a limited time only, general admission tickets are $20 for Kingman Museum members and $25 for non-members. After April 18, general admission will be $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Also available are VIP packages including five drink tickets, an event bag, logo glass and T-shirt which are $50 for members and $55 for non-members, and a Date Night package consisting of two VIP packages is $90 for members and $100 for non-members. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at our Eventbrite page. Must be 21 years old to purchase. Get your tickets early; they will not be sold at the door.
Thank you to our sponsors Airway Fun Center, Allegra Printing, KCC, Michigan CAT, Mom & Pop’s Auto Shop, Nottawa Gas, Sunshine Toyota, and Heminway Wealth Management of Raymond James!
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.