From Egyptian antiquities to pioneer artifacts and historical photographs, the collection contains a wide variety of significant items related to Kalamazoo’s past and present, preserved for exhibition and education. The Museum actively collects objects for its permanent collection and almost all objects are donated by members of the Kalamazoo community. The Museum collects objects that have a strong connection to Kalamazoo and the surrounding areas.
While most of the Museum’s objects are tucked away safely in storage waiting their day in the exhibition spotlight, you can enjoy a large number of these unique and interesting artifacts through our Searchable Collection Database, available online 24/7. This online database consists of over 21,000 individual records and is continually being updated. The information provided is streamlined for the web and is not a complete catalog of the collection. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of each record. We welcome input from web visitors if records are found with misidentifications, errors, or if visitors have additional information about specific records.
All data and images are copyrighted by the Kalamazoo Valley Museum and its governing body Kalamazoo Valley Community College. The images are low-resolution intended for reference use only. Images and data may not be reproduced for commercial purposes or compiled for re-use without the written permission of a collections staff member at the museum.
Please send all inquiries or comments about the collections and searchable database to Collections Manager Regina Gorham at firstname.lastname@example.org or 269-373-7958. Appointments for research must be requested a minimum of 5-7 days in advance. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate walk-in inquiries without prior appointments.