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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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KIA - a great visit

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

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Tiny46748
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
Chris Wedding

Great place. Employees were very nice. It was cold and rainy and one of employees walked my 81 year... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Yausa
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Freehold, New Jersey
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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 - 5:00 pm
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435 West South Street, Mailing address: 314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Tiny46748
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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.

Thank Yausa
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
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
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.

1  Thank dotsboy
Reviewed 28 October 2017

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

Thank ColleenF525
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

Thank frankjs2015
Reviewed 7 September 2017

On any one day there could be multiple functions happening here. The temporary exhibits pass through on a regular basis, but it's the permanent exhibits that are the most interesting. The citizens of Kalamazoo and area are very fortunate to have such a valued institution...More

Thank Robert M
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Smaller but with a high quality collection. Traveling exhibits are usually good. A must see in town.

Thank azodad
Reviewed 10 June 2017

They only had less than half museum open.,Upstairs was closed. We asked if we could get half price., lady at desk charged us full price. Bottom floor quite small for a museum. Had a few really nice paintings. Want a fabulous museum go to the...More

Thank Connie B
Art_SeekerKIA, Public Relations Manager at Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2017

Connie, we're so sorry you didn't think your visit was worth the $5 admission. You did visit when our four main floor galleries were having a major exhibition installed, on loan from the Smithsonian. I invite you back to enjoy a visit this summer, as...More

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Michael B
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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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