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 representing Kalamazoo County and southwest Michigan.
While only a thousand artifacts might be on exhibit at any particular time, these pages will bring the collection to you in new and interesting ways. Explore stories, blogs, and special features that capitalize on the Museum’s historical collections.