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About Kalamazoo

Downtown Kalamazoo is the half way point between Chicago and Detroit. Several of Kalamazoo’s renowned craft breweries are only a 5-minute walk from Kalamazoo’s Metro station.

Kalamazoo Public Library

Organized in 1860 and opened to the general public in 1872, Kalamazoo Public Library now serves a district population of 116,000 through five locations plus multiple outreach ventures. The library offers an extensive collection of books, movies, and music, year-round programming for all ages, ONEplace—a management support center for nonprofits, a Local History Room featuring a vibrant website and local information database, the County Law Library, and more. Dozens of public computers and wi-fi offer high-speed access to the Internet. Mobile apps make library information and the collection more easily accessible to portable devices.


Kalamazoo Valley Museum

Surround yourself with the sights and sounds of the past…Experiment with science and make surprising things happen…Explore the mysteries of weather, the human body, and an Egyptian mummy…Investigate the stories behind artifacts in the collection, and discover a treasure that brings back memories or reveals a new way of looking at history.

In addition to hands-on exhibits for visitors of all ages, the KVM features a full schedule of seasonal special exhibitions that are sure to keep you coming back for more.

So have fun and learn something at the same time – it’s adventure you can touch!

Museum hours are:

  • Mondays - Thursdays: 9 am -5 pm
  • Fridays: 9 am - 9 pm
  • Saturdays: 9 am - 5 pm
  • Sundays and Holidays: 1-5 pm
  • Closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day.

Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Contact us at:

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(269) 373-7990 (Museum Main Line)
(800)-772-3370 (Museum Main Line)
(269) 373-7989 (Museum Recorded Information Line)
TDD #: 269-373-7982


  • General admission to the Museum is FREE during all regular operating hours.
  • Many programs and events are free; check individual program descriptions for fees.

District: Arcadia
230 North Rose St.
Phone: (269) 373-7988

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

District: Bronson Park
314 S Park Street
Phone: (269) 349-7775

The Museum is handicapped accessible.



Discover Kalamazoo

Discover Kalamazoo is the official destination marketing organization for Kalamazoo County. We feature a staff of sales, service, and communications professionals whose mission is to promote the destination as a distinctive visitor experience to positively impact the economy.

General Contact Information

Discover Kalamazoo
141 E. Michigan Avenue, Suite 100
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Telephone: 800.888.0509