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 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.
Kingman Museum will be open for holiday break December 20-23, December 26-30 from 12pm to 4pm. Planetarium show featuring “Mystery of the Christmas Star” scheduled 12:15, 1:15, 2:15, 3:15pm. Make sure to catch our rotating exhibit Bones: The Framework of Life open through the end of December. All exhibits and planetarium show with star talk included in the price of admission.
**Kingman Holiday Party
Cookies, crafts, and cheer! Join us Saturday, December 9 from 12-4 pm for a little holiday fun for the whole family! Special Kingman ornaments in support of our mission to go FREE in 2018 are on sale in our gift shop.
Kingman Museum announces its newest exhibition open October through December: “BONES: The Framework of Life”
In our modern manner of speech, the phrase “bare bones” refers to the stripped-down, elemental characteristics of something. We get “chilled to the bone” in those cold winds and rains of early winter. We watch television shows, like “CSI” and “Bones” in which the study of bone is utilized in solving crime. We dress as skeletons on Halloween. We regularly eat the meat from chicken wings while watching sports, and we crave a rack of BBQ ribs for our summer cookouts. Anyone who has fractured a bone has realized what an inconvenience even a broken pinky toe can be. It is clear that bone plays an essential role in the lives of living things. It is a critical biological structure that gives animals their shape and their abilities. It is the anchor for muscle, the protector of organs. It holds much of the meat we eat and provides the savory essence of the soup broth we find so comforting when ill. In this exhibit, the Kingman Museum will trace bone from its creation in living organisms to its function in human life long after that organism has perished. We will explore the biological structure it imparts, as well as its use in tool making, studying natural history, and cultural expression. So, join us to enter the not-so-hidden world of bone and explore this particular framework of life.
Members and Donors exhibit reception: Wednesday, November 1st, 5:00-6:30pm. Join us for refreshments and free tour of Bones! RSVP at 269-965-5117
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)