John Bartley Science Museum

Room 1073 (across from Carr-Fles Planetarium)
221 S. Quarterline Rd.
Muskegon, MI 49442

Monday-Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., and other times by appointment.

Free and open to the public.

The Bartley Legacy

John Bartley Museum Exhibit“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.”

The 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 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.”

“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.

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,”

Dr. John Bartley

Dr. John Bartley

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 2109L, 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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