Art, Culture & Theater

There are a variety of artists’ studios and galleries in West Michigan featuring different styles of art and sculpture. Some of these galleries are open to the public for you to peruse and purchase pieces. West Michigan’s museums feature history and antique tractors and stuff just for kids. Community theater troupes in South Haven and Paw Paw produce live performances throughout the year. And, of course, there’s a favorite in-town movie theater and a few retro drive-in theaters outside of town.


Air Zoo

6151 Portage Road - Portage
Phone: (269) 382-6555
The Air Zoo is a highly charged, multi-sensory atmosphere that goes beyond anything you've ever seen. Featuring more than 50 rare and historic aircraft, amusement park-style rides, Full-Motion Flight Simulators, RealD 3D/4D Missions Theater, as well as historical exhibits and educational activities.

Bangor Historical Society

229 Monroe Street - Bangor
Phone: (269) 427-0611
This hidden gem is located right on the main street in Bangor. It showcases not only the history of Bangor, with Bangor memorabilia, model trains, and Native American Artifacts, but is also home to the Edwin Foster Trophy Collection, a no less than amazing taxidermy display of exotic animals you can see nowhere else around these parts!

Bloomingdale Depot Museum

110 South Van Buren Street - Bloomingdale
Phone: (269) 521-7880
Visit the historic Depot Museum, the only original depot left on the Kal Haven Trail between South Haven and Kalamazoo. The museum features displays and artifacts of the oil, rail, and lumber industries and local heritage of the Bloomingdale area. The Museum also features a history room, old iron toys, a miniature train display and a telegraph display. 

Blue Coast Artists

6322 113th Avenue - Fennville
Phone: (269) 236-9260
The Blue Coast Artists Tour offers a behind-the-scenes look into the studios of working artists, who work in various media including pottery, glass, photography, metal smithing, welding, lost wax casting, and painting. The group includes 12 juried, working artist studio members, as well as 15 other art and cultural points of interest. See individual member studios information for additional hours.

Blue Star Studio of Wood & Glass

1684 Blue Stay Highway - Fennville
Phone: (269) 227-3647
The studio of artist Barbara Hogarth is a multimedia experience, offering ideal gifts or objects for your home. Barb creates decorative turned wood pieces, functional items, Shaker boxes, marquetry, blown glass vessels, stained glass boxes and panels, and more! Blue Star Wood and Glass is a member of the Blue Coast Artist group, and is located 1.5 miles north of Glenn, MI.

Covert Historical Museum

33808 M-140 Highway - Covert
Phone: (269) 764-1902
Preserving Covert's past for the generations of the future, for education and enjoyment today. We have: a permanent collection of antiques, mainly from the 1900's; tools; clothes; toys; school items; medicines; and "grandmother's trunk."

Forever Curious Children's Museum

202 East Main Street - Fennville
Phone: (269) 561-8494
Fun for all ages and abilities! Experience exhibits and activities including magnets, discovery in the dark, arts and crafts, mirrors, bubbles and trains! Dress up, play music, dream, learn, explore!

Foundry Hall

540 Williams Street - South Haven
Phone: (269) 220-0444
Foundry Hall's community music programs are designed to all people regardless of age, skill or financial status. They offer private and group instruction. Master classes, song shares, jam sessions, open mic & another opportunity for learning, sharing & continuing your music progress on a variety of instruments. We also offer workshops & instruction, including piano tuning, music therapy & history.

Gilmore Car Museum

6865 West Hickory Road - Hickory Corners
Phone: (269) 671-5089
The Mission of the Gilmore Car Museum is to tell the history of America through the automobile. We foster experiences which connect people with the history, heritage, and social impact of the automobile through collecting, preserving, and interpreting its story. 

Historical Association of South Haven

355 Hubbard Street - South Haven
Phone: (269) 637-6424
The Historical Association of South Haven's history through programs and publications. Collecting and preserving archives of the South Haven area. Enhancing public support for the preservation of South Haven's history. The Hartman School building houses our exhibits and archives and provides space for our programs. If you are interested in South Haven's era in the 1940-50's, you will not be disappointed.

Khnemu Studio

6322 113th Avenue - Fennville
Phone: (269) 236-9260
Enjoy the ambiance of this 1890's farm estate, complete with a restored barn which houses a unique contemporary fine art and craft gallery and the working studio of ceramic artist Dawn Soltysiak. The studio and gallery feature exhibits, workshops, classes and an on-going display of work by artists. Experience the beauty of the resident farm animals including peacocks, ducks and free-range exotic chickens.

Lawton Heritage Museum

646 North Nursery Street - Lawton
Phone: (269) 624-6552
The Lawton Heritage Museum is nestled in the wine cellars of the Lawton Lions Heritage Community Center. The center itself is a unique architectural structure of cobblestone located in the heart of the “Fruit Belt” of southwest Michigan. The 1903 structure, a state and national historic site, is the state’s oldest standing winery building which makes it a most appropriate setting for the Museum.

Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum

903 South Bailey Avenue - South Haven
Phone: (269) 637-3251
Constructed in 1857, the Liberty Hyde Bailey museum is one of the oldest standing homes in South Haven and was the principal building of the 80-acre Bailey farm that pioneered peach and apple farming along Michigan's Fruit Belt. This National Historic Site honors the work and family of Liberty Hyde Bailey and chronicles South Haven's rich agricultural heritage.

 

Michigan Flywheelers Museum

06285 68th Street - South Haven
Phone: (269) 639-2010
The Michigan Flywheelers Museum holds one of the largest annual "Antique Engine and Tractor Shows" in the state of Michigan every September. This group of volunteers is a 501(c)(3) organization of volunteers dedicated to the restoration and preservation of antique gas and steam engines and tractors. Open for season Memorial Day Weekend.

Michigan Maritime Museum

260 Dyckman Avenue - South Haven
Phone: (269) 637-8078
The Michigan Maritime Museum is unique among museums because it offers nearly a half dozen different sailing and river boat excursions on both historic and replica vessels.
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546 Phoenix Street
South Haven, MI 49090
Phone: 269 637-5252
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