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“Beautiful Chihuly light in the foyer”

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Ranked #2 of 41 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 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!
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stroller parking, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Reviewed March 16, 2013

Really excellent art museum for a community of this size. Nice changing exhibits plus some permanent ones. Outstanding offering of classes as well.

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Reviewed March 9, 2013

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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.

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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.

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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.

Thank Susan E
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