Kalamazoo Valley Museum

230 N Rose St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
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Our missionThe Kalamazoo Valley Museum features exhibits on science, technology and the history of Southwest Michigan. Free general admission.

Kalamazoo Valley Museum

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Hands-On Programs Volunteers

Participate in one of our many hands-on happenings! Assist visitors in creating art projects that are based on our exhibits and the stories our artifacts tell. Hands-on programs take place on Saturdays during the school year, Spring break, and Wednesdays during the summer. No previous experience is required, and you will be trained on the day of the program. Check out the Volunteer Newsletter for upcoming program opportunities. Send in your information sheet and required background check to qualify for volunteering for Hands-on Programs.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • Teens, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekends

Historical Collections Volunteers

There are a variety of unique opportunities as a historical collections volunteer, from research and cataloging artifacts to making padded hangers or cleaning vinyl records. If you have 3-4 hours per week to volunteer, consider the Collections Department. The department accepts 1-2 volunteers each season. Training is determined by project.
  • Weekly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays
About usThe Kalamazoo Valley Museum traces its beginnings to the 1880s, when Dr. H.O. Hitchcock proposed the idea of a community museum to his fellow School Board members. With the School Board’s formal resolution of thanks to Horace M. Peck, a local banker, for the donation of “corals, fossils and marbles” on April 20, 1881, the Museum was born. Today, the Museum’s permanent collection has grown to over 57,000 objects, representing cultural and historical artifacts collected over the last 130 years through gifts from the community. These collections are focused on historical artifacts, photographs, and documents that tell the stories of people, businesses, organizations, and events that have had an impact on the region. In 1991, the Museum was accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
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