Southwest Michigan Cultural Member Exchange

2018 cultural exchange 5 in a row

Six area attractions offer free reciprocal admission in October to each other's members. If you're not a KIA member, join today and enjoy a month of fun family excursions.

The Southwest Michigan Cultural Membership Exchange is a partnership of the Air Zoo, Binder Park Zoo, Gilmore Car Museum, Kalamazoo Nature Center and the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary and Manor House.

Members need only present a membership card at any of these attractions to receive free reciprocal admission. Again this year, members who visit each attraction can enter to win a family membership to all participating attractions for one year. Each locale will provide punch cards to be punched at each stop. Winners will be notified in November.

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts / 314 S. Park St. /
Open six days with monthly free events like Art Hop, Teen Night, and Art Detectives, plus May exhibitions including the West Michigan Area Show, High School Area Show, Rewards of Wisdom: Contemporary Chinese Ink Painting, and The Feeling is Mutual: New Work from Maya Freelon. The Kirk Newman Art School will in May feature a Saturday photography class that will travel to the Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, and Gilmore Car Museum. Open Tuesday-Sunday.

Kalamazoo Nature Center / 555 West E Avenue /
Kalamazoo Nature Center May is a great month to explore 1,100+ acres of varied habitat with 16 nature trails to choose from. May is the perfect time to see the many varieties of spring wildflowers on KNC trails, along with the return of the songbirds from their winter migration. Weekly programs and activities include Saturday Creature Features, spring wildflower walks and birding hikes, with a family program every Sunday at 2 pm. A special exhibition featuring the work of Pen Dragons Calligraphy Guild will be in the Glen Vista Gallery.

Binder Park Zoo / 7400 Division Dr., Battle Creek /
Binder Park Zoo is a unique wildlife experience. Set on 433 acres, the park-like setting is home to nearly 500 domestic and exotic animals including Mexican gray wolves, kangaroos, lemurs, bears, snow leopard and red panda. Attractions include the Miller Children s Zoo, the Binda Conservation Carousel and the Z.O. & O. train. Travel by Wilderness Tram to Wild Africa and safari through Zuri National Park to observe zebra, antelope, waterbuck, gazelle, and ostrich roam the 18-acre savanna, and hand-feed the giraffe at Twiga Overlook. See cheetahs, African lions, painted dogs, and meet Al the Aldabra giant tortoise. Open daily April 12-October 7.

Gilmore Car Museum / 6865 W Hickory Rd., Hickory Corners /
Gilmore Car Museum is North America s largest auto museum featuring more than 400 vehicles displayed in dozens of historic barns and replica auto dealerships on a 90-acre historic campus. Current special exhibits include Duesenberg: Celebrating an American Classic with 19 spectacular cars on display, The Fisher Body Craftsman s Guild - featuring automobile model entries for the legendary competitive design program, and Born to Perform: The Era of the Muscle Car displaying two dozen of everyone s favorite high performance muscle machines from the 1960s and 70s. The museum is open seven days a week year-round.

The Air Zoo / 6151 Portage Road /
A Smithsonian-affiliated aerospace & science museum with more than 100 rare air & space craft, interactive exhibits, indoor amusement park rides, a state-or-the-art theater, full-motion flight simulators, science-based classes & camps, and much more! Rain or shine, the Air Zoo's huge indoor facilities are open 363 days a year! Keep an eye on the calendar, 2019 marks the Air Zoo s 40th Anniversary and there will be lots of exciting things to do all year! Learn more at

Kellogg Bird Sanctuary / 12685 E C Ave, Augusta /
Kellogg Manor House / 3700 E. Gull Lake Drive, Hickory Corners /
The Kellogg Bird Sanctuary is a unique wildlife center offering over 3 miles of trails, including a lakeside trail where guests can see waterfowl, raptors, and game birds up close. A migration hotspot, over 100 birds can been seen on their migration north at the Sanctuary in May. Join us for Birds & Coffee Walks, Birds of Prey Live!, Wild Wednesdays, or enjoy the gardens and trails on your own. You can also tour the historic KBS Manor House and Estate, W.K. Kellogg s former summer home, overlooking beautiful Gull Lake.