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Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

435 West South Street, Mailing address: 314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007
+1 269-349-7775
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It had a few good pieces, but lack luster overall. Paying admission and not just donation was... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2018
s_m_daniels
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A stupendous local asset; reknonwed artists work rotates thru , docents can be arranged for k-12 as... read more

Reviewed 10 April 2018
MickKalamazoo
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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 the month; and a Friday Teen Night. A family gallery offers hands-on fun for children 2 and up, with a black light corner, book nook, mechanical drawing "robots", pegboard art-making, a drawing walli, even a n antique communication device: a typewriter!
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Hours Today: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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435 West South Street, Mailing address: 314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007
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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

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Reviewed 10 April 2018

A stupendous local asset; reknonwed artists work rotates thru , docents can be arranged for k-12 as well as adults, classes for adults and stupendous summer classes for kids . If visiting the city the KIA is a must visit !

Thank MickKalamazoo
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Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

This institution keeps one foot in the community, one in the art world. An art institute, exhibitions of local and regional artists, and a permanent collection with genuinely world-class works makes this a must-see when in Kzoo and worth a destination trip if you add...More

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Reviewed 3 December 2017

A beautiful building with fine art and a great gift shop. They are extremely competent and friendly.

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Reviewed 21 November 2017 via mobile

Great place. Employees were very nice. It was cold and rainy and one of employees walked my 81 year old mother out to curb to help after I went to get car.

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Reviewed 10 November 2017

The KIA has a good variety of exhibits, as well as a gift shop with a good assortment of unique and interesting items. What I have enjoyed the most is taking classes just to explore working in various media. I have taken drawing, where I...More

Thank Lynn B
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Reviewed 10 November 2017

The KIA, formerly led by the highly acclaimed James Bridenstine, is the site of numerous fantastic permanent objects and well as many traveling exhibits. In addition, the KIA holds terrific classes for the young and the young-at-heart. For a mid-sized city, this is a real...More

Thank DRJHo
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Reviewed 10 November 2017

Small town effort fails to measure up. Volunteer staff unfriendly and definately not helpful. Over pricedgift shop poorly stocked. Nice building but collection is lackluster.

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Reviewed 28 October 2017

We enjoyed our time browsing the galleries. Especially loved the quilt exhibit. The quilts were amazing!

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Reviewed 7 September 2017

The KIA is a wonderful museum with exhibits that are often more common in larger cities. Numerous openings, lectures and special events are offered. The world class Art school offers dozens of classes for all ages and skill levels. Annual art sales offer great locally...More

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73Karen
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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Michael B
13 July 2017|
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Response from Laurie S | Reviewed this property |
There is free parking lots at KIA. Hope this helps!
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