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The Kalamazoo Valley Museum Kalamazoo

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The Kalamazoo Valley Museum
230 N Rose Street
Kalamazoo
MI
49007
Tel: 800 772 3370

Where are we going today?

There is SO much to see and do at this hands-on museum in Kalamazoo, we don't know where to start!

The Kalamazoo Valley Museum is a great way for not only the kids to learn through play and experimentation, but adults too!

Each exhibit and area features information on it's own fascinating subject, each with learning and development in mind.

Have you ever wondered what the Mystery of the Mummy is? So have those at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum, which is why they have a whole exhibit dedicated to this part of Egyptian history. Kids can learn about the technologies that have revealed the secrets, from carbon dating to where they were from!

There is a whole exhibit on time, where you can marvel at the three story display filled with artifacts all relating to time, and history. It's the museum's most prized collection!

Science in Waiting is waiting for you! This is a fun, lively and very hands-on experience where kids can touch, feel, hear and discover. They can learn about electricity, the human body, and energy. They can take their pulse, have fun with prisms, and even design a race car on a 14 foot racetrack!

The, for those little ones, the Children's Landscape area is great for those aged 2 to 5 to enjoy age appropriate hands on fun. 

Did we mention the museum also has a state of the art planetarium, and theater? Yep!

Amazing fun in Michigan for all!

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsFree!
  • ChildrenFree!
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

9am - 5pm Mon - Sat / 1pm - 5pm Sun and holidays

Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve/Day

Teachers corner

Schools and home schoolers are welcome to spend one or more days through the exhibits on self-guided tours! They offer print outs for kids to use as they go around, and there are planetarium shows for all grades. Preschool groups have the Children's Landscapes area.

I'm Hungry!

It's a good idea to grab something in Kalamazoo prior to visiting, so you can stop those rumbling tummies from distracting you from having fun!.

Any Top Tips?

Keep an eye out for fun festivals and events they hold, like Storytelling Festivals, and Hands-On Happenings all year round!.

Doing our bit

They have created a museum that EVERYONE can enjoy, because it's FREE! They know education is important to kids, and you can't put a price on that!.

Need a little extra help?

The museum is indeed handicapped accessible!.

More information

Tickets for the planetarium shows are $3.

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    Good for a cheap date night! Always fun and well put together exhibits!

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    The second floor is full of entirely free things that are great for kids - much better than children's museums that we have paid for in the past!

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    Just went on a field trip with my daughters 7th grade class from Parchment Middleschool. This is a must see. The Challenger exhibit was phenominal! Lots of hands on for all. Highly recommended!

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    There are many wonderful learning opportunities at the KVM for children. It has many high-quality exhibits that are designed for hands-on learning. I am particularly impressed with their newest permanent exhibit space about the history of Kalamazoo. I think an often overlooked activity is to take in a planetarium show. (Cost is $3 a person.) I have never been disappointed with these. The last time we went, the beginning of the show was an animation of the launch of Sputnik. There was a train carrying the rocket to the launch pad and it seemed like...Read More

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    We took the family to the Kalamazoo Valley museum and was impressed with the fun and educational activities they have for all ages.

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by Lynda Rea

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There are many wonderful learning opportunities at the KVM for children. It has many high-quality exhibits that are designed for hands-on learning. I am particularly impressed with their newest permanent exhibit space about the history of Kalamazoo. I think an often overlooked activity is to take in a planetarium show. (Cost is $3 a person.) I have never been disappointed with these. The last time we went, the beginning of the show was an animation of the launch of Sputnik. There was a train carrying the rocket to the launch pad and it seemed like we were going to be run over by the train!

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