Special Exhibits

Current Special Exhibits
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    Mindbender Mansion 2

    Setemeber 21, 2019 - January 5, 2020

    Enter the wonderfully puzzling world of Mindbender Mansion 2, an eclectic place full of brainteasers, puzzles, and interactive challenges guaranteed to test the brain power and problem solving skills of even the most experienced puzzlers. Adults and children alike will enjoy challenging their minds as they try to master each of the 11 individual brainteasers and the three group activities in this fun and quirky exhibit.

    MINDBENDER MANSION was created and is toured by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, Oregon.

  • Filling in the Gaps: The Art of Murphy Darden

    October 12, 2019 - March 29, 2020

    For the past several decades, Kalamazoo resident Murphy Darden, now in his nineties, has indulged his passion for the parts of history that have long been ignored in classrooms and in public discourse. Sometimes, the richest and most complicated stories are better interpreted through artistic expression. It was in these situations, when Darden felt pieces of the story were missing, that he created artworks to fill in the gaps. Some of his works will be featured in the exhibit Filling in the Gaps: The Art of Murphy Darden, which runs October 12, 2019, through March 29, 2020, at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Selections of his art will be assembled into four distinct themes: black cowboys, Darden’s personal experiences in Mississippi, civil rights heroes, and the African American community in Kalamazoo. The display runs in conjunction with the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts’ hosting of Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem, September 14 – December 8, 2019.

  • Willard Wigan Microsculptor

    October 12, 2019 - January 26, 2020

    Ripley's Willard Wigan Microsculptor exhibit will amaze visitors with unbelievably tiny, hand-made sculptures that are small enough to be displayed inside the eye of a needle! To see these incredible creations, you will have to look through a microscope! Learn the amazing story of how ants and "nothing" inspired Wigan to become a world-renowned artist.

    Willard Wigan is a world-renowned and talented sculptor who did not let his childhood struggle with dyslexia stop him from creating some of the most amazing microscopic sculptures in the world. He even creates his own microscopic tools, such as tweezers made from eyelashes! Wigan's goal in creating these incredible works of art for over 40 years is to help inspire others to discover their own hidden talents.