Museums + Attractions: January 2020

Museums and attractions listings and highlights
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts piece from Natural Forms exhibit
A piece from the "Natural Forms" exhibit at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Courtesy the Collection of Carol and Jeffery Horvitz

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts: Special exhibitions: Through March 22, “Natural Forms: Contemporary Works by Japanese Women” highlights the history of Japanese ceramic making. Through March 8, Kirk Newman Art School Faculty Review. Through March 15, “David Park: A Retrospective.” Closed Mon. $5 adults, $2 students with ID; members and kids 12 and under free. 314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, (269) 349-7775,

Blandford Nature Center: Special events: Jan. 2, Owl Moon. Jan. 4, Blacksmith Open Forge and Snowshoe Hike. Jan. 11, Hike with a Naturalist and Winter Fort Building. Jan. 16, Owl Prowl. Jan. 17, GR Story Spinners: Winter Night of Tales. Jan. 18, Winter Sensory Hike & Meditation and Winter in the Cabin. Jan. 23, Owl Moon. Jan. 25, Snowshoe Hike and Kombucha Workshop. Permanent attractions: 143 acres of trails, heritage buildings, farm. Mary Jane Dockeray Visitor Center open Mon.-Sat. Trails open daily dawn to dusk. $3. 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW, 735-6240,

Coopersville & Marne Railway: Closed for the season. 311 Danforth St., Coopersville, 997-7000,

Coopersville Farm Museum: Museum honoring farming and rural life. Special events: Jan. 7 and 21, Jam Night. Jan. 25, Kids, Crafts & Critters. Permanent attractions: Tractors and other farming equipment; also Eclipse windmill. Open Tue., Thu. and Sat. $4 adults, $2 kids 4-12, kids 3 and under free. 375 Main St., Coopersville, 997-8555,

DeGraaf Nature Center: Eighteen-acre preserve with Interpretive Center, indoor pond, animals, SkyWatch. Knee-High Naturalist classes for kids 3-5. Center open Tue.-Sat. Trails open daily dawn to dusk. Free. 600 Graafschap Road, Holland, 355-1057,

Deer Tracks Junction: Closed for the season. 7850 14 Mile Road, Cedar Springs, 863-3337,

Downtown Market: Open daily with culinary-related products at more than 20 local businesses and restaurants, plus cooking classes (see Lectures and Workshops) and private rentals. 435 Ionia Ave. SW, 805-5308, 

Felt Mansion & Gardens: Summer home of millionaire inventor Dorr E. Felt features 1920s architecture decorated for the holiday season with 30 themed Christmas trees. Special events: Guided Holiday Tours through Jan. 1. 6597 138th St., Holland, 335-3050,

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park: Special exhibitions: Through Jan. 5, “Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World” and “Sculpture Exhibition.” Through March 1, “Rebecca Louise Law: The Womb.” Special events: Winter-Time Walks. Permanent attractions: Modern and contemporary 30-acre sculpture collection, Japanese garden, tropical conservatory, children’s garden, nature trails and boardwalk, café, gift shop. Open daily. $14.50 adults, $11 seniors and students, $7 kids 5-13, $4 kids 3-4. 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, 957-1580,

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum: Special exhibit: Through Jan. 5, seasonal train exhibit. Permanent exhibitions: Highlights from Mr. and Mrs. Ford’s lives, plus featured online exhibits. Also, DeVos Learning Center. Open daily. $8 adults, $7 seniors, $6 college students, $4 ages 6-18, kids 5 and under free. 303 Pearl St. NW, 254-0400,

Grand Rapids Art Museum: Special exhibitions: Through Jan. 5, “Relevant: Abstraction from GRAM’s Collection.” Through Jan. 12, “David Wiesner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling” and “Worth a Thousand Words: Storytelling with GRAM’s Collection.” Through Feb. 2, “Billy Mayer: The Shape of Things.” Jan. 25-April 26, “A New State of Matter: Contemporary Glass.” Special events: Jan. 25 and 28, Drop-In Tour: Contemporary Glass. See Creativity Uncorked and GRAM Adult Workshop in Lectures & Workshops. Drop-in Studio: 1-4 p.m. every Sat.; this month: Discover Monir. Closed Mon. $10 adults, $8 seniors and students, $6 kids 6-17, kids 5 and under free; free admission 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue. and 5-9 p.m. Thu. 101 Monroe Center NW, 831-1000,

Grand Rapids Children’s Museum: Hands-on permanent and traveling exhibits for kids 2-10. Special exhibit: Through Jan. 20, “Amazing Dinosaurs.” Permanent activities: Think Tank, Kidstruction Zone, Little GR, Bubbles!, Wee Discover, musical instruments and more. Toddler Time 10 a.m.-noon Tue. Family Night 5-8 p.m. Thu. ($1.75). Closed Mon. $9, $8 seniors, kids under 1 free. 11 Sheldon Ave. NE, 235-4726,

Grand Rapids Public Museum: Special exhibitions: Through May 10, “Design Zone.” Through May 17, “Bodies Revealed.” Through August, “TOYS!” Permanent exhibitions: Streets of Old Grand Rapids; Newcomers: The People of This Place; West Michigan Habitats; Grand Fish, Grand River; and Be Curious. Also, restored 1928 Spillman carousel. Special events: Through Jan. 5, Snowflake Break includes family-friendly programs and activities with Historic LEGO Display, Herpolsheimer’s Child Passenger Train and Santa/Elf Hunt. Also, Saturday Curiosity Labs. Open daily. $8 adults, $7 seniors, $3 kids 3-17. 272 Pearl St. NW, 929-1700,

Holland Museum: Local history and Dutch galleries with artwork from the Netherlands from the 1600s-1900s. Special events: Jan. 9, “Discrimination and Stereotyping of Immigrant Populations.” Jan. 11, “A Child’s First Impressions.” Jan. 16, “Us Versus Them: Understanding Images of Separation.” Jan. 20 “How Would You Change the World? MLK Day at the Holland Museum.” Jan. 24, “Museum on Tap.” Jan. 30, “Why Do We Hate THEM.” Open Wed.-Sun. $7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 students, kids 5 and under free. 31 W. 10th St., 796-3329, Cappon House: 228 W. Ninth St. Settlers House: 190 W. Ninth St. The Armory: 16 W. Ninth St.

John Ball Zoo: Closed for the season. 1300 W. Fulton St., 336-4300, 

Meyer May House: Restored Frank Lloyd Wright 1909 prairie-style house includes original furnishings. Open for guided tours 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tue. and Thu.; 1-4 p.m. Sun. (last tour one hour before close). Free. 450 Madison Ave. SE, 246-4821,

Muskegon Museum of Art: Special exhibitions: Through Jan. 5, “Undying Traditions: Memento Mori.” Through March 15, “Excellence in Fibers V.” $10 adults, $8 seniors, $6 college students, kids 16 and under free. 296 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon, (231) 720-2570,

Nelis’ Dutch Village: Dutch theme park closed for the season with shops open Mon.-Sat. 12350 James St., Holland, 396-1475,

Outdoor Discovery Center: 155-acre nature preserve with gravel and boardwalk trails, Visitors Center, community programs and play park. Center open Mon.-Sat. Trails open daily dawn to dusk. Free. 4214 56th St., Holland, 393-9453, 

Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium: Shows use Digistar production and surround sound. See website for schedule of shows. $5, $4 with admission to the museum, members free. Grand Rapids Public Museum, 272 Pearl St. NW, 456-3977,

Veen Observatory: Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association observatory hosts various events (see website for details). 3308 Kissing Rock Ave. SE, Lowell.

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