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DC SUPERHEROES™: Discover Your Superpowers

Drape yourself in a cape and join forces with DC’s Justice League members in a super travelling exhibit, DC SUPERHEROES™: Discover Your Superpowers. Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman need your help to solve problems in a crime-ridden city and catch Super-Villains in a hands-on experience filled with fun, fast-paced challenges for the whole family to enjoy.  Find out which DC Super Hero you most resemble. Join Wonder Woman as she saves Museum of Ancient History artifacts stol... Read More
Posted by Euan Simpson at Friday, May 26, 2023

Calling All Air & Space Toy Fans!

Growing up, did you play with air and space toys or build model airplanes or rockets? Do your dearest little ones launch foam gliders and Barbie astronauts into the sky? The Air Zoo’s Exhibits team seeks your toy and model memories, photos, and stories!   What were (and are) some of your favorite aviation and space-related toys, games, and model kits? What aerospace toys did/do your kids, grandkids, nieces, and nephews enjoy? Contact April, Exhibits & Interpretation Manager at ... Read More
Posted by Euan Simpson at Thursday, Apr 27, 2023

(Almost) the First Black Astronaut

In 1958, the new National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) chose the first astronaut recruits from among U.S. military test pilots. President John F. Kennedy wanted one of those recruits to be a black male pilot. Enter test pilot Edward “Ed” J. Dwight Jr., who became the first black candidate to compete for the astronaut corps in 1962. The U.S. Air Force captain arrived with two-thousand logged miles and impressive credentials. Many supported Ed, including the preside... Read More
at Thursday, Jan 26, 2023

New Air Zoo Exhibit: "Daughters of the Sky: The Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII”.

The Air Zoo is proud to launch a new and exclusive exhibit, “Daughters of the Sky: The Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII”.  The exhibit tells the stories of the bravery, triumphs, and challenges of women pilots committed to serving their country. Situated in the Air Zoo’s East Wing, the exhibit combines artifacts, images, video, and interactives to tell stories of the WASP. Guests can find the exhibit by following the new Fifinella (the WASP mascot), pathfinding st... Read More
at Wednesday, Sep 7, 2022

Exclusive Exhibit Daughters of the Sky Comes in for a Landing in our East Wing

It is with great pride that we officially announce the opening of a wonderful new and exclusive exhibit meant to honor and raise awareness of the Women Airforce Service Pilots—the WASP. Opening the first week of September 2022, Daughters of the Sky: The Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII tells the stories of the daring and determined women who answered the call when asked to fill the training, towing, and ferrying roles that would release male pilots to train for combat. Another in... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Friday, Aug 26, 2022

New Exhibit Remembers Air Zoo Co-Founder

Get to know our co-founder, Preston “Pete” Parish in our new, inhouse exhibition Planes, Principles, & Positivity: Remembering Pete Parish now on display.  Follow Pete’s entrance into the U.S. Marines with his college best friend, Pete Richards. Learn more about Pete’s military career, including his service at Guadalcanal and Peleliu during World War II. See the model of the ship that claimed Pete’s best friend’s life, sand from Peleliu, and an ar... Read More
at Friday, Apr 29, 2022

Seeing Stars!

At the Air Zoo, we talk a lot about heavenly bodies and stars, and this story is no different—except that these stars could be found on the silver screen! Movie stars played vital roles during World War II (1939-1945), such as starring in films which gave Americans a glimpse into the war or just the opposite—took their minds off it for a little while. Some stars helped promote desired wartime behavior, such as proper safety precautions for defense plant workers. After a... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020

Air Zoo Celebrates 40 Years of Operations Throughout 2019!

Portage, MI, May 3, 2019 – In 2019, the Air Zoo celebrates four decades of flight and family; people, planes, and programs; spacecraft and science; education and exhibitions! They may have opened their doors in November of 1979, but visitors will get the chance to celebrate the 40th Anniversary all year long in 2019! Exciting exhibits, public and VIP events, fly-ins, open houses, special visitors, symposiums, and ice cream challenges are just a handful of the inspiring opportunitie... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Friday, May 3, 2019

Game Changers Makes US debut as Air Zoo’s 2019 Traveling Exhibit!

Portage, MI, February 5, 2019 – The Air Zoo is excited to announce their visiting exhibition of 2019, Game Changers, is now open to the public as it makes its US debut right here in Portage, MI. This interactive exhibit developed and produced by Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation, provides visitors with a hands-on multi-sensory experience like no other.  Game Changers is a highly interactive and immersive travelling exhibit that explores how... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Tuesday, Feb 5, 2019


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