Cultural Exchange Program: Your Chance to Explore

The Southwest Michigan Cultural Membership Exchange is back again for a fifth year and that means six local institutions will partner together to offer FREE admission during the month of May to each other’s members.

Participating again are The Air Zoo, Binder Park Zoo, Gilmore Car Museum, Kalamazoo Nature Center, and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

New this year, the Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) Bird Sanctuary and Manor House will also be joining the Membership Exchange.

Guests presenting a membership card from any of these organizations can enjoy free admission at all participating locations May 1–31.

May Activities at Participating Locations

Air Zoo-overhead

The Air Zoo. is a Smithsonian-affiliated aerospace & science museum with more than 100 rare air & space craft, interactive exhibits, indoor amusement park rides, a state-or-the-art theater, full-motion flight simulators, science-based classes & camps, and much more! Rain or shine, the Air Zoo’s huge indoor facilities are open 363 days a year!



Binder Park Zoo. is a unique wildlife experience. Set on 433 acres, the park-like setting is home to nearly 500 domestic and exotic animals including Mexican gray wolves, kangaroos, lemurs, bears, snow leopard and red panda.

Attractions include the Miller Children’s Zoo, the Binda Conservation Carousel and the Z.O. & O. train. Travel by Wilderness Tram to Wild Africa and safari through Zuri National Park to observe zebra, antelope, waterbuck, gazelle, and ostrich roam the 18-acre savanna, and hand-feed the giraffe at Twiga Overlook. See cheetahs, African lions, painted dogs, and meet “Al” the Aldabra giant tortoise.


Gilmore Car Museum. is North America’s largest auto museum featuring nearly 400 automobiles displayed in dozens of historic barns and replica auto dealerships on a 90-acre  historic campus. Current special exhibits include A.J. Foyt: A Legendary Exhibit – featuring all four of Foyt’s Indy-winning cars – and Born to Perform: The Era of the Muscle Car displaying two dozen of everyone’s favorite high performance muscle machines from the 1960s and ‘70s.



photo Tara Fletcher photography

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. is open six days with monthly free events like Art Hop, Teen Night, and Art Detectives, plus May exhibitions including the West Michigan Area Show, High School Area Show, Vibrant Bounty: Chinese Folk Art from the Shaanxi Region, and My Hero! Contemporary Art and Superhero Action. The Kirk Newman Art School will in May feature a Saturday photography class that will travel to the Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, and Gilmore Car Museum.



Kalamazoo Nature Center. May is a great month to explore 1,100 acres of varied habitat with 14 nature trails to choose from. Weekly programs and activities include Saturday Creature Features, spring wildflower walks and birding hikes, with a family program every Sunday at 2 PM. Kids will love visiting the farmyard animals at the Historic DeLano Farms (weekends only) in May.


Photo W.K. Kellogg Conference Center and Manor House

KBS Bird Sanctuary and Manor House. A unique wildlife center offering over 3 miles of trails, including a lakeside trail where guests can see waterfowl, raptors, and game birds up close awaits at the KBS Bird Sanctuary. And, tour the historic KBS Manor House and Estate, W.K. Kellogg’s former summer home overlooking beautiful Gull Lake.

As a cohesive group, the Cultural Exchange Program is thrilled to offer such a unique and diverse program to the Southwest Michigan community. Participating families who visit all six attractions will be entered to win a set of annual memberships to each organization! 

If you aren’t already a member of any of these attractions, think about joining one today so that you don’t miss this opportunity to visit six attractions for the price of one this May.


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By |2018-04-02T20:08:48+00:00April 5th, 2018|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Newly Published|1 Comment

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Kristine is a stay at home mom to two awesome kids. She loves to spend time with her family camping and exploring all that Michigan has to offer. And if she has a quiet minute to herself, she is probably curled up with a good book.