John Bartley Science Museum

Location: Room 1073

Bartley Science MuseumHours:
Mondays and Wednesdays: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Fridays: By Appointment

Guided Tours
For docent-led tours, please contact the Math/Physical Sciences Department at (231) 777-0289.

Contact Us
For more information, contact museum coordinators Amber Kumpf at or Toby Moleski at

Bartley Science MuseumFree and open to the public, the museum honors the legacy of former MCC instructor Dr. John Bartley and offers visitors a new and unique hands-on facility conveniently directly across from MCC’s popular planetarium.

“We are very excited to expand our community outreach to include science exploration with free interactive exhibits,” said John Selmon, the MCC provost and executive vice president. “We also hope this will enhance and continue MCC’s commitment to our community.”

Bartley Science MuseumThe museum engages children and adults alike in science education that’s fun and interesting. Visitors will be fascinated by the tactile scientific investigation stations, which continue Bartley’s legacy of and strong commitment to scientific outreach. The facility includes museum-quality displays of fossils, another of Bartley’s great passions in life. The late MCC instructor, who resided in Holland, MI, was a scientific researcher in the world of bryozoans, which are aquatic invertebrate animals sometimes called “moss animals.”

Bartley Science MuseumThe museum houses several MCC student-created exhibits, including a phosphorescent shadow wall, an interactive color addition light exhibit, and a ramp where one can explore potential and kinetic energy.

“We are excited that our students will be able to give back to their community through designing exhibits,” said Kumpf, MCC instructor of geology and oceanography.

“I hope that the museum will inspire youth to pursue careers in STEM fields for many years to come,” added Moleski, MCC instructor of physics and physical science.

Dr. John Bartley

Dr. John Bartley

John Bartley

From 1989 to 2011, Bartley taught geology at MCC. Highly revered for his teaching style by his MCC geology and math students, he earned their affectionate nickname of “The Big Kahuna.” Bartley was equally beloved by MCC’s faculty and staff for his kind and gentle manner, for being a founding member of the “Human Potential Committee,” and for his omnipresent Hawaiian shirts lovingly made for him by his wife, Jackie.

An active faculty member, he served on many committees and for several years was the Math and Physical Sciences Department chair. Bartley’s love for science included the Science Olympiad. For many years, he volunteered as the president of the Michigan Science Olympiad. Unfortunately, just a few months shy of his retirement in 2011, John was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and succumbed to the disease shortly thereafter.

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Help support this valuable resource to our community! Contributions to the Bartley Science Museum are being accepted in a number of ways:

  • online by clicking on the “Donate Now” button below
  • charge by phone at (231) 777-0226, or
  • by mail to: Foundation for Muskegon Community College, Muskegon Community College, Room 400, 221 S. Quarterline Road, Muskegon, MI 49442. Make your check payable to: Foundation for Muskegon Community College and write Bartley Science Museum in the memo line.

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