Members Can Visit Six Local Favorites for FREE in October with the Southwest Michigan Cultural Exchange

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Southwest Michigan Cultural Exchange

While delayed due to COVID-19 (it’s normally in May), the Southwest Michigan Cultural Exchange is back again in 2020, offering an amazing chance to visit 6 local cultural institutions in October.

Is admission really FREE? Yes. If you have a membership at one of the six locations, you can visit the other five for free during the entire month of October.

Do I need to register for this program? Nope!  Just bring your photo ID and membership card.

Southwest Michigan Cultural Exchange

OCTOBER 1-31, 2020


  • 6 local favorites
  • free admission w/ membership
  • all month long

Important Message: Area businesses are working to implement procedures based on the new safety guidelines. For each of the attractions and events we mention, we include a link to the business website. Please use this link to confirm the details, hours of operation and any requirements guests must follow before visiting. Thank You!


The Air Zoo

 6151 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002

The Air Zoo is a world-class, Smithsonian-affiliated aerospace & science museum with over 100 rare air and spacecraft, amazing interactive exhibits, and nationally recognized restoration center.

Their latest exhibit, Alien Worlds and Androids, features some famous favorites, including the Star Wars droids and Ironman.

Our Air Zoo Review »

Photo: Air Zoo

Binder Park Zoo

7400 Division Dr, Battle Creek, MI 49014

Spend the day in Battle Creek at Binder Park Zoo. Feed the giraffe at Twiga Overlook, see painted dog pups play, take the tram to Wild Africa and safari through Zuri National Park to observe lions, zebra, gazelle and ostiches.


Gilmore Car Museum

6865 W Hickory Rd, Hickory Corners, MI 49060

The Gilmore Car Museum displays over 400 vehicles on a scenic 90-acre campus. Take a step back in time in vintage car dealerships, an authentic 1940s diner, and see the iconic automobiles that put America on wheels.


Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is home to over 4700 pieces of art in their permanent collection. The KIA also teaches classes and camps for all ages in a variety of media.

spring break camp

Kalamazoo Nature Center

7000 N Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Explore 14 miles of trails at the Kalamazoo Nature Center. Trails are labeled for ease of use with both distances and difficulty levels.

The KNC is also a fantastic source for nature education with exhibits inside and children’s programs.


Kellogg Bird Sanctuary and W.K. Kellogg Manor House

12685 East C Ave, Augusta, MI 49012
3700 E Gull Lake Dr, Hickory Corners, MI 49060

Three miles of trails surround Wintergreen Lake at the Kellogg Bird sanctuary, where families can feed the waterfowl (geese, ducks, swans) with buckets of corn from the visitor’s center for a small fee.

After your corn buckets are empty, tour their rescued raptors area featuring owls, hawks and eagles. Families will also enjoy the stroller-friendly paved walking path.

W.K. Kellogg Manor House is the former summer residence of breakfast cereal pioneer W.K. Kellogg and his wife, Dr. Carrie Staines Kellogg.  Built in 1926, this property was fully restored in 2000.  Visitors are welcome to take a self-guided walking tour of the grounds.

Kellogg Summer Residence

Photo: W.K. Kellogg Manor House