Battle Creek Regional History Museum

Preserving our past to give our history a future...


The RHM Battle Creek (RHM) is a regional history museum displaying the rich and wonderful history of the region. We are a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, which allows you to take a tax deduction for any contributions.

Governed by a Board of Directors, we have been in the process of developing this museum for over 10 years. At the present time we have open our “Museum Lite” space, the front room of the building, with small regional exhibits as well as a small gift shop and a wool room that help add support while we work on our larger space. Our main goal is to preserve the region’s rich and diverse history.

Our website will keep you informed of our progress so check in with us often. A great way to receive information is to join our mailing list so we can send you updates on events, speakers and programs. The RHM operates solely with volunteers. If you have a passion for history and would like to get involved, visit our get involved page or talk to one of our volunteers when you visit the Museum.

R.H.M. Capital Campaign   
The Battle Creek Regional History Museum, now known as the R.H.M., is led by a board of directions that want to develop its vision of the fledgling venue as a first class, high tech experience for future generations.

And, that is why we are launching a $3 million fund raising campaign. 

The plans are to develop exhibits and displays that tell the story of Battle Creek and the surrounding areas: to conduct "vibrant history and social educational programs for pre K-12 students in line with current curriculum

We also plan to develop a robust membership support program to market the city of Battle Creek by creating a tourist destination, fostering the "Believe in Battle Creek" message, and by having a positive economic impact on the downtown area.

Please help us reach our goal by either donating online or downloading our donation form.

we can do it!

You can download the Capital Campaign form below and mail in your donation.

The Battle Creek Community Foundation is handling the fundraising. You can also donate online by clicking the button below. 

2018 BCRHM Calendar

The Battle Creek Regional History Museum's 2018 Battle Creek History calendar, featuring photos and history of the BC Sanitarium is now available at the museum's gift shop, and will soon be available at Lakeview Card and Gifts on Columbia Avenue, downtown at Battle Creek Books and possibly the Federal Center's gift shop. The price is $10 each.

BCRHM  Location: 
307 W. Jackson Street
Battle Creek, MI. 49037
Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday Noon. - 5 p.m. 

October 20th Third Saturday Program

Liz Neumeyer

Battle Creek Threshers and Steam Traction Engines, Robb Gillespie  

Battle Creek Threshers and Steam Traction Engines will be the subject of the program being presented by Robb Gillespie at the Battle Creek Regional History Museum on Saturday, October 20 at 3:00 PM.

Gillespie is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geosciences, at Western Michigan University after years of being an exploration geologist, working in the oil industry. He eventually was able to achieve his desire to teach, when he was offered the job in Kalamazoo and moved there with his wife about 15 years ago.  

He is looking forward to sharing his knowledge of Battle Creek’s early agricultural industry that began in the mid-1800’s.

Some of those early industries in our community, included, the Advance Thresher Company (that eventually became Advance Rumley), Nichols and Shepard (that became the Oliver Tractor Company), Upton Tractors, American Marsh, and many others. By the late 1800’s, 10% of the global agricultural machine market was produced in Battle Creek.

Come by RHM this Saturday, October 20, at 3:00 PM.

Our Mission

Preserving our past to give our history a future...

Featured Museum Exhibit

Cereal City! Cereal Festival! Cereal!

BCRHM presents an exhibit about cereal---history of cereal in Battle Creek, memories, and stories.

We know cereal.

We know that Battle Creek and cereal go together.

But what about cereal?

Visit us and find out more about Battle Creek’s favorite food!

Join Our Mailing List

If you would like to keep informed of upcoming exhibits, events and RHM Battle Creek announcements please join our mailing list. To join please click the link below and fill out the short form. Once you hit send you will receive a conformation email that you will have to confirm before being added to the mailing list. This is done for security reasons. Our mailing list will not be shared with any third parties. Your privacy is important. 

The RHM Battle Creek operates completely with volunteers. Help is always appreciated in many areas: volunteering your time and talent, donating funds to further our mission of preserving our rich history and even donating items related to our area. Click Get Involved Now to learn more.

Explore Museum

RHM will be posting exhibits that are at the museum. These exhibits will feature a wide range of the area's history and cultures. If you have any suggestions please contact us. To view the exhibits click the link below.

Event Schedule

The museum will also be hosting educational presentations on the third Saturday of every month at 3:00 p.m. Working With Wool classes will be held on the 2nd Saturday at 2:00 p.m. To view the events click the link below.

307 W. Jackson Street
Battle Creek, MI. 49037
Call: (269) 964-0750 
Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday Noon. - 5 p.m. 
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