Passport to Discovery Series Goes to “Tropical Asia”

Fancying a trip to Asia but can’t decide on one country to visit? Or do you just want to learn more about the hidden treasures across the world from us? If so, the next Passport to Discovery installment is for you!

Kingman Museum and the Kiwanis Club of Battle Creek present Marlin Darrah’s documentary “Tropical Asia,” which will be screened at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6 at the Kool Family Community Center, located at 200 W. Michigan Ave. in Battle Creek. Darrah himself will be on-hand to present the film and answer questions afterward.

Set sail on a journey to many of Southeast Asia’s most intriguing, alluring and lovely countries. The voyage begins in Hong Kong, where we visit many great sites found here in this famous and hyperactive Asian port city. Then we travel south to several locations in Vietnam: the exciting back streets of old Hanoi, the dramatic beauty of the ancient karst limestone mountains rising out of Ha Long Bay, the temples and markets of Nha Trang, and to Saigon, the dynamic and hustling city near the great Mekong River.

Next are highlights of mysterious Angkor Wat, Singapore, and Indonesia. Meet the Sultan of Ternate in his beautiful tropical palace, for an annual celebration honoring his family’s 600 years of often-generous rule over this beautiful Spice Island. Then we travel to the unforgettable and enchanting island of Bali, with its beautifully terraced rice fields bordered by villages of artists, musicians and dancers. Still in Indonesia, we continue to the island of Java, to navigate through the sea of humanity on the streets of the massive capital city, Jakarta. Finally, we journey to Thailand, to visit the densely populated and frenetic capital city of Bangkok.

Marlin Darrah is probably the world’s most traveled filmmaker. He is the award-winning director and cinematographer of the renowned production company, International Film & Video. Darrah’s 34 years of production experience have taken him to more than 140 countries worldwide, yielding more than 70 documentary and travel-adventure programs to date. PBS, the History Channel, National Geographic and the Discovery Channel have aired Darrah’s international footage or programs. We are excited to have him back in Battle Creek!

Tickets are $9 at the door, with children 12 and under free. The screening also includes raffle prizes and light refreshments with proceeds benefiting many local Kiwanis Club youth programs.

The Passport to Discovery film series, now in its 75th season, began at Kingman Museum in 1943, where director Edward Brigham began featuring films on different cultures and countries. While the museum eventually had to stop producing the series due to budget and staff constraints, the Kiwanis Club of Battle Creek picked the series up and kept it running to the present day. After many years of not being involved, Kingman Museum is once again proud to be a part of the Passport to Discovery series!

Kingman Museum is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with free admission and $2 per person planetarium shows. Planetarium shows start at 11:15 a.m. and end at 3:15 p.m. The museum is also open during the week year-round for group visits and field trips by appointment.

Kingman Museum is located at 175 Limit Street in Battle Creek in the midst of beautiful Leila Arboretum. For more information, call (269) 965-5117 or visit

Kingman Museum is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization created to be a resource and destination for lifelong learning opportunities in natural history, the universe and world cultures.