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Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Open Now: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Open today: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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KIA offers big-city sophistication + fun

I moved to Kalamazoo after having lived for decades in large metropolitan areas, and I wasn't sure... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
date nite

We love the KIA! The school staff are absolutely amazing! I have taken several classes and have... read more

Reviewed 13 February 2019
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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A visual arts museum with 11 galleries featuring 3-4 loaned exhibitions and permanent collection galleries focused on American art. Free and family programming includes a first-Friday Art Hop, monthly Art Detectives gathering on the 2nd Saturday of...more
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435 West South Street, Mailing address: 314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007
+1 269-349-7775
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I moved to Kalamazoo after having lived for decades in large metropolitan areas, and I wasn't sure whether this small city could provide the cultural stimulation I was used to. From the moment I first visited the KIA, I knew I would be happy in...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 13 February 2019

We love the KIA! The school staff are absolutely amazing! I have taken several classes and have loved everyone of them. My Husband and I have taken a few together as well. we always try to take the Date Night classes. They are 1 evening...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Cheeseki
Reviewed 10 December 2018 via mobile

Great place very accommodating for our meeting. The tours of the exhibits were fantastic. They have craft/art classes taught by artists in the craft. Well worth a trip.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Karen C
Reviewed 7 November 2018

This Art gallery was next door to the B&B where we stayed. Being an art enthusiast, I popped in and was pleasantly surprised. Very clean & modern with very interesting exhibits. Do visit the gift shop which has great offerings from local artists as well...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Deb P
Reviewed 4 November 2018

I love this museum! Having lived in NYC and LA for most of my life, I was very much impressed with the collection curated at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Full of classic works as well as post modern photography stimulated by the critical and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank AnnH1483
Reviewed 24 September 2018

This institute is known in Kalamazoo as KIA which is kind of wrong for those of us in the Vietnam era. Great place to go for a relaxing time and to see some great art! Kalamazoo is big with the arts and this does not...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank atcrich
Reviewed 30 July 2018

The cost to see the exhibits, was very reasonable, and there was a donation box, which we gladly contributed to, as well. We ventured into the hand-blown glass exhibit and were delighted to see some of the most exquisite, rare, and wonderful pieces of hand-made...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank E9185FXjohnm
Reviewed 20 July 2018

I thought this place was really nice. Admission was only $5, and we enjoyed ourselves for a couple of hours. The staff would sometimes offer information about a particular painting we were viewing which was appreciated. I liked the current glass exhibition. The gift shop...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank Karen M
Reviewed 2 July 2018

My friends and I had time to browse at the gift shop, since we were early for the presentation. The merchandise is all made by the artists who are members. Everything is unique and high quality. Tickets for the presentation were extremely reasonable, the talk...More

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank lindajW1083QF
Reviewed 12 April 2018

It had a few good pieces, but lack luster overall. Paying admission and not just donation was disappointing for such a small museum. The docents were hardcore and didn't like people lingering too long or too close to any piece. I felt it derailed from...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank s_m_daniels
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6 May 2018|
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Response from Tiny46748 | Reviewed this property |
The very best place is The Kalamazoo House, a most wonderful B&B right next to the KAI. It is also walking distance to downtown, so, don't forget to have a dinner at Rustica!
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13 July 2017|
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Response from 411laurie | Reviewed this property |
There is free parking lots at KIA. Hope this helps!