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Exhibits & Experiences

When the Air Zoo is not overwhelming you with sights, sounds and motion, learn from our ever-changing lineup of exhibits and interactive experiences. Unique and fascinating, our permanent and traveling displays are sure to delight and inform. In addition to amazing exhibits and experiences listed below, click here for info on the Air Zoo's INDOOR amusement park rides, 3D full-motion flight simulators, and more!


The Air Zoo's FLEXHIBIT science activity & experimentation stations are exciting hands-on, multi-outcome, multi-sensory STEM-based interactives that are sure to thrill aspiring scientists and tinkerers of all ages! (Yes, even you grown-ups!)

KEVA Plank Creation Stations - NEW!

KEVA plank creation stations at the Air Zoo in KalamazooKEVA planks are unique wooden blocks that have become some of the most popular building toys on the planet! Their unique yet simple design allows aspiring architects, engineers, and artists of all ages to build incredible, gravity-defying structures that stretch the bounds of imagination while teaching core principles of physics, geometry, and architecture. The Air Zoo has multiple KEVA Plank Creation Stations scattered throughout the Main Exhibit Hall, each containing incredible pre-built examples of KEVA structures and THOUSANDS of loose KEVA planks for guests to create their own!

Black Wings: American Dreams of Flight

Mae Jemison featured in Black Wings exhibit at the Air Zoo

Created by the Smithsonian, this amazing exhibit chronicles African Americans' substantial contributions to aerospace and aviation. Learn about this powerful group of aviation pioneers who challenged these obstacles and created their own legacy in the world of flight.

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Imagination Playground - NEW!

Imagination Playground at the Air Zoo in KalamazooImagination Playground are HUGE scale foam building blocks that transform the Air Zoo's Kids Area into a play space that encourages learning, social development, movement, and above all fun. Using Imagination Playground blocks, kids (and adults too!) can build objects like animals, rocket ships, robots, and also create imaginary places like houses, castles. A favorite at the Air Zoo, our Imagination Playground engages young and old minds alike, and provides a truly unique way to test the bounds of creativity.

New National Guadalcanal Memorial Exhibit

Guadalcanal Memorial Exhibit at the Air Zoo

Experience the Air Zoo's new multi-sensory and immersive exhibit on the battles of the Guadalcanal Campaign, one of the longest and bloodiest campaigns of World War II. The Guadalcanal campaign is known as the psychological and geographical turning point of the land war in the Pacific.

Guests experience the sights and sounds of these important battles. Exhibit includes full-size bunker replica, hands-on activities, rare and unique artifacts, insightful dioramas, first-hand narratives, the Wall of Honor memorializing 20 men who earned the Medal of Honor for their sacrifices on the island, and much, much more.

Space: Dare to Dream

Space: Dare to Dream exhibit

Space: Dare to Dream pays tribute to the dreamers who dared to find the answers to our very existence and shaped humankind's knowledge of our place in the universe. This exhibit celebrates those innovators' amazing discoveries and the history of space exploration. Visitors are able to explore Galileo's study, learn about ancient cosmology and experience the rumbling liftoff of Saturn V as it leaves Earth.

Women in Aviation and Space

This exhibit honors women in aviation and space, such as astronaut Sally Ride and aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart. It shines a light on the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), who were the first women in history to fly U.S. military aircraft, and highlights the contributions they made to fight for America's freedom. It showcases original uniforms, a visual history mural, photo collages, a timeline and a unique mosaic, which includes each of the 1,102 WASP plus Jacqueline Cochran, founder of the WASP.

Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame

The Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame was established in 1987 to recognize men and women who have made significant contributions to aviation. It is located inside the Air Zoo.

Smithsonian Institution Affiliations Program