Kingman Museum

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Kingman Museum of Natural History is located on top of a hill, on the grounds of Leila Arboretum in Battle Creek, Michigan. The building the museum is in, today, was built in 1934 as part of the Battle Creek Public School system to house the school’s collections of natural history specimens. The founder, Edward Brigham, Sr., went on many expeditions across the US, South America, the Pacific and parts of Asia to collect rare artifacts. Some of these artifacts and medical specimens include mummified remains, dinosaur fossils, and over a dozen human fetuses and dead babies.

The museum is no longer part of the school system and had to shut it’s doors for about a decade due to lack of funding since the annexation from the schools. In 2003, however, a grassroots effort made it possible to reopen and welcome the public back inside, as the museum is now incorporated and not affiliated with any local schools.

The most paranormal activity that is reported comes from the mezzanine, the planetarium and the southwest corner of the lowest level. Doors open and close on their own, conversations from people can be heard when no one is around, children laughing, items crashing down, items disappearing and reappearing, the elevator rides up and down with no one on it, etc. The most common reports are of people hearing their names whispered right into their ears and balls of flashing lights appearing out of nowhere in the planetarium.

(Submitted by Elizabeth)

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Geographic Information

175 Limit Street
Battle Creek, MI
United States

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42.33684215213407, -85.21088220688478
Calhoun County, Michigan
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  1. Kingman Museum is now closed. the museum moved all the artifacts out of the building. It was in such disrepair that leaks were damaging the displays

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