by Jill Piwko
What Is The Southwest Cultural Exchange?
A new collaboration, called Southwest Michigan Cultural Exchange, will allow free admission for members of participating local institutions during the month of May. Guests can simply present their valid membership card from any of the five participating organizations and they will get immediate access.
The Air Zoo, Binder Park Zoo, Gilmore Car Museum, Kalamazoo Nature Center and Kalamazoo Institute of Arts decided to partner for the Cultural Exchange because they wanted to celebrate our region’s cultural richness, while introducing their institutions to each other’s members.
Free Admission To Members of Five Southwest Michigan Organizations
The admission for all participating organizations will be free, but there may be additional costs to experience activities or programs.
May Activities at the Participating Organizations Include:
The Air Zoo
Enjoy a 3D Space Shuttle Ride, the Century of Flight Ferris Wheel, a Corsair Challenge/Mission to Mars, Flight Simulators, the Montgolfier Balloon Race, a Paratrooper Jump and a Disc Golf Course.
Gilmore Car Museum
View more than 300 extraordinary cars and motorcycles from all eras, a 1930s Service Station, historic barns, a functioning 1941 Diner and car dealerships from a bygone era.
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
View artwork from four exhibitions: the High School Area Show, the West Michigan Area Show, Cultural Encounters: India, Burma and Tibet and Inside Steinway: Photographs by Christopher Payne.
Binder Park Zoo
View dozens of animal species, Feed the Giraffes, ride a Tram to Wild Africa or the Binda Conservation Carousel, shop in the Safari Gift Shop and enjoy wonderful food in Beulah’s restaurant.
Kalamazoo Nature Center
View over 1,100 acres of wooded and rolling countryside, and participate in activities such as Birding with the Stars, Yoga in the Glen Vista, Wildflowers after Work and Hands-on Gardening.
So get out there and check out one of the other fun places that you’ve always wanted to check out. May is the month to do it!