Mon - Sat: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sun: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Mon - Thurs: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fri - Sat: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sun: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Discover something new this Thursday!
Launching NASA across the solar system, one "failure" at a time - with guest speaker Norman Haynes - September 23rd!
We are committed to providing our guests with immersive and engaging experiences every day. Our mission is to provide a safe place to gather, to imagine, explore, discover and to be inspired, for our guests, staff and volunteers - it is our highest priority. We understand the vital role organizations like ours play in getting a community back and thriving after a devastating event like the COVID-19 pandemic.
We welcome you and appreciate your support and your understanding as we navigate this new reality. Please, take a moment to review our policies and procedures prior to your visit. We look forward to seeing you soon!
We have two exciting centers on our campus that are open 360+ days a year and easily accessible by car or a 5-minute walk.
In an effort to reduce contact and reduce lines, visitors are encouraged to purchase admission in advance (members can reserve free admission online as well). To meet social distancing requirements, our shuttle will be out of service until further notice.
Please note: All unvaccinated persons age 2 and up are encouraged to wear a mask while in the Air Zoo buildings; simulators and some hands-on interactives are inaccessible for your safety. Please review the Policies and Procedures prior to your visit. We can't wait to see you at the Air Zoo!
The Air Zoo is located at 6151 Portage Road in Portage, MI, halfway between Detroit and Chicago. We're off I-94 (exit 78), just south of the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport.
Please note, MDOT has begun working on I-94 near the Portage Rd Exit and there may be detours. Please check Mi Drive for updates prior to your travels.
Use this handy map to guide you straight to the Air Zoo.
Become a member of the Air Zoo and come as often as you like! In addition to unlimited visits to one of the coolest places on the planet, Air Zoo members enjoy a TON of benefits, including discounts on camps and classes, savings in the FLY BUY museum store, special offers, and invitations to members-only events.
From rare and historic to inspiring artwork and exhibits, there's always something new to discover at the Air Zoo. The Air Zoo is a world-class, Smithsonian-affiliated aerospace and science museum with over 100 air and space artifacts, inspiring interactive* exhibits, full-motion flight simulators,* indoor amusement park rides and hands-on, science-based camps and classes. Come imagine, explore and discover with us!
*Please note that our simulators are currently unavailable, but we are working hard to bring them back - safely.
Seeking to help defeat the Axis, women found guidance in a nationwide government ad campaign, which also helped produce an icon of women’s empowerment fondly known as “Rosie the Riveter.” Filling traditional male roles, these real “Rosies” worked dirty and sometimes dangerous jobs1 and made significant contributions to the war effort.
Join scientists in their search for extraterrestrial life within, and beyond, our solar system. Discover strange alien-like creatures found here on Earth, and learn about the technologies used to explore remote solar systems...
Restoring history & igniting the future. Make sure to visit the Restoration Team as the work on three iconic aircraft, including the Air Zoo's new F-117 Nighthawk!
Come imagine, explore and discover with our family friendly hands-on STEM stations!
From Science Floor Shows and special programming to seasonal camps and scout programs the Air Zoo always has something exciting going on. Keep an eye on our upcoming events so you don't miss anything!
October 1, 2021 - October 31, 2021
October 5, 2021
1:45 PM - 4:30 PM EST
October 6, 2021
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM EST
October 6, 2021
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM EST
October 9, 2021
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST
October 15, 2021
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST
Looking for a unique venue for your special event? The Air Zoo is an increasingly popular choice for business meetings, corporate outings, fundraising programs and just about any other special event you can think of. From elegant weddings to the holiday office party, your event at the Air Zoo is one that is sure to be remembered! Our Group & Events Team is excited to assist!
Located in Kalamazoo, the Air Zoo is a one-of-a-kind destination perfect for the whole family! In addition to over 100 historic aircraft, our science center houses flight simulators, an experience theater, amusement rides, hands-on exhibits, a restoration program for WWII planes rescued from the bottom of Lake Michigan and a one-of-a-kind indoor mural that reaches 32 feet tall and 800 feet wide! Want a glimpse of our out-of-this-world experience? Let our President and CEO, Troy Thrash, take you on an exciting virtual tour now.
Space exploration just took an exciting turn at the Air Zoo in Portage, MI, with the recent addition of an interactive traveling summer exhibit named “Be the Astronaut.” This hands-on, and highly immersive experience is well-suited for space fans of all ages and will be on site for guests through September 12, 2021.
Come experience the wonders of space as you are guided through three training stations by virtual spaceflight experts, specializing in science, navigation, and engineering. Astronauts in training will not only plan a space mission, but will also sit in the simulated pilot’s seat and complete it as well!
The race is on! Who will finish first?
That is up to you! The Air Zoo's Restoration Team, now in the final phases of completing the SBD-2P and F-117 Nighthawk, is relying on YOU to make them across the finish line.
Terri, team lead for Team SBD, introduces us to the restoration volunteers who dedicate their time to restoring these historic aircraft. It will take around $50,000 to complete the restoration of each of these aircraft! The SBD has plans to return to Pearl Harbor in time for their National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day activities. A little closer to home, the F-117 Nighthawk will be moved to a more permanent location on the exhibit floor at the Air Zoo's Flight Innovation Center, upon completion - hopefully also late fall.
Help these restoration volunteers complete their missions in 2021! Click on "Fund Your Favorite," under the "Things To Do" Menu to learn more and donate!