Last updated: 3/11/2011
Battle Creek, Michigan
175 Limit Street
Battle Creek, MI 49037
phone: 269-965-5117


September 16 - June 14
Tuesday - Thursday
11 AM - 4:30 PM
11 AM - 6 PM
1 PM - 5 PM
Sunday - Monday
Closed major holidays
June 15 through September 15
Tuesday - Thursday
10 AM - 4:30 PM
10 AM - 6 PM
1 PM - 5 PM
Sunday - Monday
Closed major holidays
Planetarium schedule
4 PM - 5 PM
1 PM - 5 PM
Saturday shows 1:15, 2:15, 3:15, and 4:15 p.m. (Additional 1, 2, and 3 p.m. show on Fridays between June 15 and September 15)


Adults, $6;
Seniors (65+) & military, $5;
Children (3-17), $4;
Family (up to 6 people), $18,
Children 2 and under are free, members are free.
Planetarium shows are $1 per adult, per show.


Sara Ann Briggs, Executive Director
phone: 269-965-5117
Sarah Kelly, Education Department Manager
Katie Nelson, Outreach coordinator/collections manager
Kathy Ward, Gift Shop Manager

Kingman Museum is Southwestern Michigan?s only natural history museum featuring a Digistar 4 HD full Dome planetarium. It features exhibitions on Michigan habitats, mammals, birds, insects, health, geology, paleontology, ocean life, and more!


Kingman Museum's mission is to provide lifelong learning opportunities in natural history, the universe, and world cultures for all ages for all time.


Battle Creek Public Schools is probably the first school district in the nation to own and operate a museum. Collecting began during the Civil War and when Battle Creek Central High School was built, it incorporated a "museum room" to house its collections. In 1934, they had outgrown the space and Edward Brigham Sr. founded the "Kingman Memorial Museum of Natural History" with a generous donation from the widow of Michigan Senator Kingman. Fast forward to the 1990s and BCPS could no longer afford to keep the doors open and ceased funding. After much wrangling and an extended court battle, the Kingman Museum Initiative was successful in establishing a not-for-profit organization and took over the facility and reopened the doors as Kingman Museum in February 2003. We are an exhibition and education facility and seek to educate families of all ages.

Artifact Collections

Kingman Museum's collections include animal mounted specimens, geology, archaeology, anthropology, and paleontology.

Educational Programs

We provide exhibitions, gallery tours, school programs, after school programs, planetarium shows, summer programs, spring and winter break programs, programs geared to special groups such as boy scouts, girl scouts, etc.

Museum has four free days throughout the year. February Free For All, February 4, 2011, Calhoun County Hospitality Day, May 14, Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day, September 24, and Making a Difference at Spooky Science Saturday, October 22.
On the first Tuesday of each month (October - June) Kingman Museum offers a free lecture to the public. All lectures are held in the Community Planetarium and begin at 6 p.m.

Volunteer board of directors.


Kingman Museum has a monthly Enewsletter distributed to our entire email contact list and a quarterly newsletter mailed to its donors and members.

Gift Shop
Online Gift Shop
Group Tours
Wheelchair Accessible
Museum Events
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