Visiting the Center
For those who cannot travel to where the pioneers lived and worked, the collections, resources, and artifacts amassed at the Center for Adventist Research will inspire those who visit and do research. The resources at the Center will satisfy the serious academic researcher as well as delight the average Adventist church member and fellow Christians who take time to delve into the exhibits available at the Center. They will come to a better understanding of the rich history of God’s leading in the advent movement.
The Center for Adventist Research welcomes visitors to view our exhibits. We have a 1,000 ft2 (93 m3) exhibit room as well as several other areas with exhibits. These are open and available for anyone to visit whenever the Center is open to the public.
Public hours are the following during regular school terms (September through April)
- Sunday 4 pm to 8 pm
- Monday 9 am to 8 pm
- Tuesday 9 am to 8 pm
- Wednesday 9 am to 8 pm
- Thursday 9 am to 8 pm
- Friday 9 am to 8 pm
During the summer (May to early August) we are open as follows:
- Sunday Closed
- Monday 9 am to 5 pm
- Tuesday 9 am to 5 pm
- Wednesday 9 am to 5 pm
- Thursday 9 am to 5 pm
- Friday 9 am to 12 pm
During school breaks [Fall break around Columbus day, Thanksgiving, Christmas/New Years, Spring break around mid-March and between sessions (usually first week of May, and first couple of weeks of August] our hours will be different. During these times it is best to call the Center at 269-471-3209 before coming. National holidays also affect our hours, so call for these days as well.
The exhibits all have descriptive texts and are self-explanatory. If you wish an orientation to the exhibits to know better how to gain the most from viewing them, we can generally provide that during our public hours without advance arrangements. A tour, meaning guided commentary, is generally not available and requires special arrangements as we do not have staff dedicated to providing tours. Please complete the Tour Request Form and submit it. Tours outside of our public hours may be accepted on a staff-available basis. Approximately one weekend a month we may have staff available for an arranged tour. We generally are unable to accommodate tours beyond these planned weekends.
On Location Tours
It is hard to read the writings of early Seventh-day Adventist authors without noticing the prominence of where they lived and worked, and it is hard to communicate how much difference it makes when you come and stand on this same ground, and see it for yourself. People describe it as suddenly seeing in color after living in a world of black and white. Visiting the places of the Adventist pioneers is an experience that will inject new life into your walk with God and your appreciation of His word, as well as foster a better understanding of what our pioneers went through.
“The entire trip inspired me to make greater sacrifices, without complaining, in my service to Christ and His Church.” — Michael Troxell
The Center for Adventist Research is very intentional in the outreach programs we coordinate and operate. Our goal is that each tour will be an enriching academic exercise and a deeply spiritual experience that will benefit your life and ministry. Our campus is the home of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, where the next generation of leaders are being trained and sent out from. Our desire is to use our expertise to spiritually enrich our brothers and sisters from around the world, by sharing the knowledge that we have about the land, history, and culture of the the Adventist pioneers.
As part of a fully accredited university, we are delighted to offer study tour participants in-depth teaching about Seventh-day Adventist church history by experienced lecturers who are experts in their field. You can explore new depths to your faith as you tour and experience the places of the Adventist pioneers with our professional Adventist guides.
GRADUATE ACADEMIC CREDIT IS AVAILABLE FOR STUDY TOUR PARTICIPANTS.
Come and join other Adventist Christians from around the world by participating in one of our scheduled Tours:
- Adventist History Study Tour
- Michigan Adventist History Tour