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Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

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KIA in Kalamazoo

This institute is known in Kalamazoo as KIA which is kind of wrong for those of us in the Vietnam... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kalamazoo, MI
Nice venue, Great visit!

The cost to see the exhibits, was very reasonable, and there was a donation box, which we gladly... read more

Reviewed 30 July 2018
Grand Blanc, Michigan
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“art museum”(10 reviews)
“gift shop”(15 reviews)
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...more
Hours Today: Closed
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
435 West South Street, Mailing address: 314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007
+1 269-349-7775
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This institute is known in Kalamazoo as KIA which is kind of wrong for those of us in the Vietnam era. Great place to go for a relaxing time and to see some great art! Kalamazoo is big with the arts and this does not...More

1  Thank atcrich
Reviewed 30 July 2018

The cost to see the exhibits, was very reasonable, and there was a donation box, which we gladly contributed to, as well. We ventured into the hand-blown glass exhibit and were delighted to see some of the most exquisite, rare, and wonderful pieces of hand-made...More

2  Thank E9185FXjohnm
Reviewed 19 July 2018

I thought this place was really nice. Admission was only $5, and we enjoyed ourselves for a couple of hours. The staff would sometimes offer information about a particular painting we were viewing which was appreciated. I liked the current glass exhibition. The gift shop...More

2  Thank Karen M
Reviewed 2 July 2018

My friends and I had time to browse at the gift shop, since we were early for the presentation. The merchandise is all made by the artists who are members. Everything is unique and high quality. Tickets for the presentation were extremely reasonable, the talk...More

1  Thank lindajW1083QF
Reviewed 12 April 2018

It had a few good pieces, but lack luster overall. Paying admission and not just donation was disappointing for such a small museum. The docents were hardcore and didn't like people lingering too long or too close to any piece. I felt it derailed from...More

1  Thank s_m_daniels
Reviewed 9 April 2018

A stupendous local asset; reknonwed artists work rotates thru , docents can be arranged for k-12 as well as adults, classes for adults and stupendous summer classes for kids . If visiting the city the KIA is a must visit !

1  Thank MickKalamazoo
Reviewed 21 December 2017 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

1  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
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6 May 2018|
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Response from Tiny46748 | Reviewed this property |
The very best place is The Kalamazoo House, a most wonderful B&B right next to the KAI. It is also walking distance to downtown, so, don't forget to have a dinner at Rustica!
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12 July 2017|
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Response from Laurie S | Reviewed this property |
There is free parking lots at KIA. Hope this helps!