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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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Community Gem

This institution keeps one foot in the community, one in the art world. An art institute... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Ann Arbor, Michigan
via mobile
KIA - a great visit

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

Reviewed 2 December 2017
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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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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  • Very good32%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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“great art” (7 reviews)
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Hours Today: 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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435 West South Street, Mailing address: 314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This institution keeps one foot in the community, one in the art world. An art institute, exhibitions of local and regional artists, and a permanent collection with genuinely world-class works makes this a must-see when in Kzoo and worth a destination trip if you add...More

Thank buzzbuddy
Reviewed 2 December 2017

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

Thank Tiny46748
Reviewed 21 November 2017 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 27 October 2017

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

Thank ColleenF525
Reviewed 6 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 6 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 6 September 2017 via mobile

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

Thank azodad
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Michael B
12 July 2017|
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Response from Laurie S | Reviewed this property |
There is free parking lots at KIA. Hope this helps!