If you’re passionate and appreciative of the world-class attractions that we have here in our little city of Kalamazoo, why not show them some love this holiday season?

When you give the gift of Kalamazoo’s museums and attractions, you’re not only supporting these iconic places with your dollars, but you’re ensuring that a friend or loved one has the chance to patronize and discover them as well.

We truly believe that without some of the attractions on this list, Kalamazoo wouldn’t be the same. Scroll through some of the ways that you can give a truly unique to Kalamazoo experience this holiday season!

Featured photo taken at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts by Abby Ann

Air Zoo

Annual memberships start at: $40

The Air Zoo is an. amazing Smithsonian-affiliated aerospace and science museum right here in Kalamazoo! Gifting an annual membership to the Air Zoo not only gets you free admission, but you’ll enjoy a ton of  other awesome benefits, including discounts at local businesses and access to over 1200 museums and science centers worldwide!

If you’re already a membership holder or are looking for other gift ideas, consider browsing the items at the Air Zoo’s Fly Buy Store

or even treat that special someone in your life the ability to Adopt a Plane!

Kalamazoo Nature Center

Annual memberships start at: $50

Give the gift of nature this holiday season! The Kalamazoo Nature Center has provided an entire gift guide on their website that conveniently outlines many different ways that you can gift nature and support the Nature Center all at the same time! Some of these gift options include annual memberships, hiking sprees, and adopting a KNC animal or a trail.

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Annual memberships start at: $35

A KIA membership gets you year-round free admission to KIA’s galleries and programs, invitations to members-only previews and receptions, annual Subscription to Sightlines magazine, 10% discount on Gallery Shop purchases, opportunity to join the Kalamazoo Art League, library privileges at the KIA Mary & Edwin Meader Fine Arts Library and additional benefits with the Kirk Newman Art School which include:

  • Special member pricing at Kirk Newman Art School
  • Preferred early registration for all art classes and workshops
  • Invitation to the members only evening at the annual Holiday Sale in November

Be sure to also check out some of their art classes! The KIA offers both in-person and virtual art classes through the Kirk Newman Art School.

Kellogg Bird Sanctuary

Annual memberships start at: $30

The Kellogg Bird sanctuary is the perfect membership to purchase if you’re someone who relishes in the outdoors and wildlife! An annual membership gets you unlimited free admission all year-round, two guest passes to share with friends, free or reduced rates for Sanctuary programs and events and more!

When you visit the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, you’ll be able to explore three miles of trails and experience a variety of habitats surrounding Wintergreen Lake, the heart of the Sanctuary grounds.  Visitors will see a variety of birds that call the Sanctuary home, including our resident waterfowl, gamebirds and raptors.

The Sanctuary is a great place for birding, nature photography or simply enjoying a walk outside. Pack a picnic lunch and spend the whole day!

Gilmore Car Museum

Annual memberships start at: $55

The Gilmore Car Museum is the largest automobile museum in North America, making it the perfect gift for the car or museum enthusiast in your life!

GCM Membership benefits include admission to car shows (as a spectator, annual membership does not include showing a vehicle), exhibit previews, all members-exclusive events, and special discounted rates for Museum events and gatherings. Members will also receive the GCM’s magazine, “The Industry Standard” each calendar year, and a 10% discount for all non-food items in the Museum Store.

If you’re not looking for a membership to the museum, consider browsing their online store! You’ll find plenty of wonderful gift ideas from books and apparel to toys and games!