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“Surprising jewel”

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Ranked #2 of 36 things to do in Kalamazoo
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A visual arts museum with 11 galleries focused primarily on American art, with permanent collection galleries and 3-5 traveling (loaned) exhibitions at any time, averaging 12 new exhibitions annually. An interactive family gallery welcomes hands-on activities from visitors 2 and over.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Stroller parking
Alabama
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68 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Surprising jewel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2013

We were amazed at the number and range of holdings in the exhibits throughout the KIA, from prehistory to modern times. Something for everyone. Some are even extremely rare. The public is greeted by a large glass "sun" in the entryway which is lit up at night. Be sure to look up as you enter the building to see their Calder and an interesting 2D/3D painting. If you stand in just the right place you will see how the string outline the painting. Their holdings include many works by African-Americans and women.

The gift shop contains many beautiful pieces of jewelry and scarves made by local artists, some of whom teach at their art institute.

I wish that I lived closer to Kalamazoo so that I could attend some of the many art classes taught in their extremely well-equipped art studios.

Visited February 2013
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English first
Rochester, MI
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49 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Very nice for the art buff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2013

There is a wide range of art on display in the KIA. We enjoyed every room. The KIA is much bigger than it looks and the interactive room for kids was fun. Lots of cool art.

Visited January 2013
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Paw Paw, Michigan, United States
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8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Chihuly exhibit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2013

I was amazed at the extent of pieces which were on exhibit during this time. The pieces were displayed in a situation where you could really see every aspect and thus enjoy the workmanship. It is nice that they do have a piece in the permanent collection.

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Traverse City, Michigan
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75 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Must-see”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013

KIA is a gem, featuring classes in all sorts of painting genres along with photography taught by experienced professionals. There's even a gift shop with wonderfully eclectic merchandise by local artisans.

Visited May 2012
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great Art Institute for a city of this size!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2013

The art institute always has something - a program, an exhibit, great classes - to offer its guests. The gift shop alone is a fun place to stop.

Visited October 2012
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