History & Collections

various collection items
History & Collections


The Museum's collection dates to an 1881 gift to the Kalamazoo School Board of corals, shells, and rocks from Horace M. Peck, a local banker. Today the collection has grown to over 55,000 items, with a focus on historical artifacts, photographs, and documents that tell the stories of people, businesses, organizations, and events that have had an impact on the region.

On these pages, explore our database along with stories, blogs, and special features that capitalize on the Museum’s historical collections.