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New Interactive Touchscreen Brings Space Imagery into Focus

            The team at the Air Zoo is constantly looking for ways to provide our guests with new, original exhibit content. Some of the newest content brings our stunning images from Earth to Deep Field into focus! Our Picturing the Observable Universe digital kiosk welcomes you to enjoy an interpretive touchscreen experience as you discover more about each of these massive and vivid images and learn how we take pictures of space.  Explore ... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Wednesday, Dec 28, 2022

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 st... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Thursday, Sep 29, 2022

Air Zoo unveils new Earth curtain

The Air Zoo is excited to announce the unveiling of our brand new Earth Curtain! A generous Capital Improvement Grant from the Michigan Arts and Culture Council has partially funded the design, production and installation of this exciting new art, replacing an outdated version. The gorgeous new curtain, covering a 1292"w x 384"h Full Color Heavy Knit wall space, now hangs prominently overlooking the iconic S-71 Blackbird, our hallmark plane. This creates an amazing visual for our ... Read More
at Thursday, Aug 11, 2022

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 the ... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Friday, Jul 30, 2021

Exciting volunteer opportunities for people of all ages at the Air Zoo

As a non-profit, the Air Zoo is supported annually by hundreds of amazing volunteers. Recently, our team has been supported by Zach Zlomek - an aspiring Eagle Scout - who has been working on his Eagle Project. As part of his project, Zach has coordinated over a month of volunteer hours (on 40 hour weeks) to repair, sand, paint and set up 14 new (to us) display cases.  Over the weekend, Zach and his crew of volunteers helped set up 4 of these display cases to include new stories about: (... Read More
at Thursday, Oct 15, 2020

The Air Zoo: A Storied Past (and Present!)

November 2020 marks the Air Zoo’s 41st birthday. We’re proud of our four decades (plus one year!) of engaging, educating, and entertaining our West Michigan community and beyond. As our Collections and Exhibits teams look back over 41 years, we recognize that the Air Zoo’s story has always been about people: People and their unique stories. Each airplane and spacecraft displayed on our exhibit floor required a dreamer and a designer; engineers and test pilots; mechanics and... Read More
at Friday, Oct 9, 2020

The Air Zoo – Phased Re-Entry Welcoming Guests, Both In-Person and Virtually

Portage, MI, July 6, 2020 – Following an announcement made mid-June, the Air Zoo reopened its doors to its Members on Monday, June 29th, kicking off a two-week members-only appreciation period. General admission to the public will resume on Monday, July 13th at 9am. The Air Zoo Aerospace and Science Center staff and volunteers are excited to be putting months of preparation and planning, outlined in a 32-page document, referred to as the “Air Zoo Re-Entry Plan,” into action.... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Monday, Jul 6, 2020


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