Collections

A High-Flying Collection

The Air Zoo stewards over 100,000 artifacts and archives held in the public trust. The collection, with a focus on southwest Michigan’s stories, spans the decades of air and space history with some of the earliest holdings related to WWI. What began with a handful of WWII aircraft grew to become a robust collection that today serves as the foundation of our signature exhibitions. Our collection fortifies a variety of research needs, makes loans possible for a variety of museums, and provides safe haven to aviation and aerospace heritage.

Sometimes, artifacts need extra care and restoration. Our Restoration Department, responsible for such restored marvels as our B-25 Mitchell and CG-4A Glider, also provides care for aviation and aerospace artifacts through skillful preservation and restoration techniques on view seven days a week at our Flight Discovery Center. Read on to learn more about our featured collections on display, how to search the collection, make an artifact or archival donation, conduct research, or contribute through a collections-based internship or volunteer opportunity.


*             On Exhibition
*             Conduct Research
*             Donate to the Collection
*             Restoration

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