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Paw Paw & Southwest Michigan Art, Culture & Theater

The village of Paw Paw is near so many cultural things to do and see. From water trails, biking trails, wine trails, and even an artists’ trail, there is a cultural experience for everyone. Paw Paw is also only a short drive away from countless Southwest Michigan art galleries and artist's studios which are open to the public. If you are looking for historical attractions near Paw Paw, consider a visit to a South Haven museum. The Michigan Maritime Museum and Michigan Flywheelers Museum are both located in South Haven and feature history, antique tractors, and fun activities just for kids. Community theater troupes in Paw Paw and South Haven produce live performances throughout the year, and live music can be heard throughout the week. 

Air Zoo

6151 Portage Road - Portage
The Air Zoo is a highly charged, multi-sensory atmosphere that goes beyond anything you've ever seen. It's like no place else on Earth! Voted the "Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners" and "Best Place to Spend a Day with Your Family" three years in a row, the Air Zoo features more than 50 rare and historic aircraft, amuseme...

Arts & Artifacts Glass Studio

27326 County Road 364 - Mattawan
Set in rural Southwestern Michigan, Arts & Artifacts Glass Studio offers a full line of functional, sculptural and architectural glass products. Custom designs, one-of-a-kind works, and classes for all ages.

Bloomingdale Depot Museum

110 South Van Buren Street - Bloomingdale
Visit the historic Depot Museum, the only original depot left on the Kal Haven Trail between South Haven and Kalamazoo. The museum features displays and artifacts of the oil, rail, and lumber industries and local heritage of the Bloomingdale area. The Museum also features a history room, old iron toys, a miniature train display and a telegraph disp...

Carnegie Center

129 S. Kalamazoo St. - Paw Paw
The Carnegie Center hosts the Paw Paw Chamber, the Downtown Development Authority, and the Carnegie Garden club, while offering a unique historical atmosphere for many community events. 

Five Mile Drive In Theatre

28190 M-152 - Dowagiac
Come out and enjoy 2 movies for the price of 1 at 5 Mile Drive In Movie Theatre! Come early and check out the concession, grab a pizza and drinks, let the kids play at the playground. Finally, just enjoy your night! On some special occasions we ARE open on Thursdays for midnight showings on newly released features!

Gilmore Car Museum

6865 West Hickory Road - Hickory Corners
The Mission of the Gilmore Car Museum is to tell the history of America through the automobile. We foster experiences which connect people with the history, heritage, and social impact of the automobile through collecting, preserving, and interpreting its story. 

Kalamazoo Nature Center

7000 North Westnedge Avenue - Kalamazoo
Today the Kalamazoo Nature Center, recognized by its peers as one of the top nature centers in the country, has expanded to include 1,100 acres of wooded, rolling countryside five miles north of Kalamazoo, Michigan.  The Kalamazoo Nature Center is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to inspire people to care for the environment...

Lawton Heritage Museum

646 North Nursery Street - Lawton
The Lawton Heritage Museum is nestled in the huge wine cellars of the Lawton Lions Heritage Community Center in the village of Lawton. The center itself is a unique architectural structure of cobblestone located in the heart of the “Fruit Belt” of southwest Michigan. The 1903 structure, a state and national historic site, is the state&r...

Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum

903 South Bailey Avenue - South Haven
Constructed in 1857, the Liberty Hyde Bailey museum is one of the oldest standing homes in South Haven and was the principal building of the 80-acre Bailey farm that pioneered peach and apple farming along Michigan's Fruit Belt. It was in this rural setting that America's preeminent horticulturalist, ecologist and poet Liberty Hyde Bailey w...

Michigan Flywheelers

06285 68th Street - South Haven
The Michigan Flywheelers Museum holds one of the largest annual "Antique Engine and Tractor Shows" in the state of Michigan every September. This group of volunteers is a 501(c)(3) organization of volunteers dedicated to the restoration and preservation of antique gas and steam engines and tractors.  Open for season Memorial Day Week...

Michigan Maritime Museum

260 Dyckman Avenue - South Haven
The Michigan Maritime Museum is more than just a boat ride, and more than just old things. It's a playground for the imagination. A citadel of knowledge. A place that can reignite events that have flickered away, and sometimes, even if only momentarily, snuff out the hard realities of the present... A place where grandfathers watch grandki...

Michigan Warbird Plane Rides

73020 County Road 380 - South Haven
You don’t have to be a pilot to experience the thrill of flying in a vintage WWII aircraft. Every ride is tailored around your desires. The duration of the ride can vary from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours. Some guests just want a short hop around the airport so they can feel the vibrations and hear the rumble of a radial engine. Other guest want to...

Paw Paw Community Chorus

120 N. Pine St. - Paw Paw
The current director, Theresa Vaughn, took the lead in 2002 and the chorus has swelled to more than 60 singers, presenting spring and winter holiday concerts. 

Rehearsals are held in the fellowship hall at the First Presbyterian Church, 120 N. Pine Street in Paw Paw on Monday evenings from September to Decermber and January to May from 7 ...

Paw Paw District Library

609 W. Michigan Ave. - Paw Paw
Our LEED certified building includes a local history room, a spacious program room, three study rooms, a children's room.   There is comfortable seating throughout the building with accessible power sources, as well as a cozy reading area near the fireplace. There is wireless internet access and a Tech Commons area offering 16 compute...

Paw Paw Village Players

600 E. Michigan Avenue - Paw Paw
In 1969, a group of 16 people with a love of theater and a desire to entertain got together to form a theater company that has endured and prospered for over 45 years. The original group including such locals as Charley and Mary Burkett, Bob Bennett, Patsy Sunstrand, Felix Racette, Judy and Ron Schincariol and Dave and Jan Wilder received perm...
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