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Category: Featured Exhibit

Local Middle School Students Provide Views to the Night Sky in Windows to the Universe Art + Science Exhibit

A teacher’s promise to his middle school students bloomed into an art-meets-science installation at the Air Zoo!  During the 2019-2020 school year, Portage Central Middle School teacher Doug Wilson made a pledge to his students. He told them that if their southern and northern hemispheres project turned out well, that he would find a place where their canvases could be viewed and enjoyed. We consider it a privilege that Doug allowed the Air Zoo to become the public venue for the... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Thursday, Sep 29, 2022
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Go West, Mr. Parish

In the late 1940s, Air Zo co-founder Preston “Pete” Parish (1919-2020) averaged 3,000 miles a month en route from San Diego to Vancouver; Spokane to Salt Lake City; Phoenix to Los Angeles—but not by air!  Pete traveled by train, bus, and infrequently by car in a job he particularly enjoyed: Sales. Based out of Los Angeles, Pete found the work a pleasure. “I had a wonderful time,” he said in a 2001 oral history interview. Before relocating to... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Friday, Jul 30, 2021
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Astronaut Christina Koch

As we curate and install a beautiful new space-themed wallpaper and welcome a cosmically cool traveling exhibit, Be the Astronaut (May 28 – September 12, 2021), we’ve got space adventure fever! The same could be said for Michigan-born Christina Koch (b. 1979), whose longings for space travel drove her to “be the astronaut.”     As a child, Christina loved things that made her feel small: the... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Monday, May 31, 2021
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Air Zoo to Debut Special Anniversary Exhibit, Memories & Milestones: 40 Years of the Air Zoo April 12

Portage, MI , April 9, 2019 – The Air Zoo proudly announces the grand opening of its next featured exhibit, Memories and Milestones: 40 Years of the Air Zoo, on Friday, April 12 th at 9am . This exhibit is a celebration of the past 40 years of the Air Zoo’s commitment to sharing the wonders of aerospace and science with our community.   Air Zoo Exhibits and Collections Manager, April Bryan states “This is our first big in-house exhibit since I came on... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Tuesday, Apr 9, 2019
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