Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Public Museum stands as one of the oldest of its kind in the country and has long been a quintessential local attraction dedicated to detailing the history of both the region and its people. Explore the facility's array of exhibits and collections dating back as far as 1854, as well a variety of other topics ranging from biology to aviation. Wander an immersive recreated street scene that depicts life in the city before the turn of the 20th century. You can also learn about the area's Native American history or simply marvel at the museum's holdings of nearly one million items, displayed periodically by topic. Be sure to check the website for information about upcoming temporary exhibits or special events. Work out when and for how long to visit Grand Rapids Public Museum and other Grand Rapids attractions using our handy Grand Rapids trip planner .
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  • Museum in the spot on center of Grand Rapids downtown. Me and my wife were just walking in downtown after lunch and came across this place and spent the rest of the day there. Lots of things to see he...  more »
  • This museum is great for multi-age groups. Both kids, 4 and 7 found something to entertain them while the adults did as well. With rotating exhibits there is always something new to check out.  more »
  • We were impressed with all the exhibits, there is so much packed into a small space -small compared to cities such as Chicago or New York museums- on this date - February 2nd- they had live dances fro...  more »
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  • A great museum that has an amazing a-z learning experience. As you walk through the museum you can find the letters which have a whole section dedicated to that letter. They also had an amazing traveling exhibit that was about different mythological creatures and stories. It was an amazing experience that was super informative. I definitely recommend this museum to everyone it is great for all ages and will amaze the mind and give you new topics to discuss with others and research later on. My only wish is that they would have a bigger Egyptian exhibit. Definitely all around an amazing museum and can not wait to go back an explore more and see the next traveling exhibit. I am definitely glad we made the many hour trip to see this amazing museum it truly is a 5 out of 5 start museum.
  • Really neat museum with a friendly staff. It is right next to a parking ramp, so parking is convenient and isn't too expensive. ($5 or so). I have been here twice and loved it both times. You MUST check out the space observatory events they have there!! It's seriously really awesome and educational as well. Suitable for adults (I'm 26 and LOVE it) and children, I'd say 5 and up. The host for it is really good at it, and you can tell he loves his job and knows his stuff. His effort makes these experiences all the more fulfilling.
  • Since I was a young person, I always loved going to the Grand Rapids Museum. I grew up just outside of Grand Rapids, and going to the museum for field trips or a weekend outings was always so exciting. In many of the permanent exhibits, there is a lot for children to interact with. Once you are grown, I think you will enjoy in-depth nature of many of the displays. If you are a Grand Rapids resident, and you haven't visited, it is an eye-opening way to learn about the history of such a unique city.
  • We love to bring the kids down to the museum. They seem to always bring in new exhibits to keep everyone interested. We also really enjoy going to the planetarium. We always purchase the year membership because it works out best for our family and it gives discounts on other traveling exhibits. The carousel always a nice break as well!
  • We had a great time exploring the mermaids, dragons exhibit! A good mix of real artifacts yet some hands on activities for the kids. We were there for 3 hours and would have stayed longer, but had other obligations. We enjoyed watching a volunteer carve a baseball bat out of wood while using an old fashioned lathe. We explored some fossils and learned about various rocks. The museum has an A to Z plan, so you can work to find the letters. For example A was for automobile and R is for rocks, so you found the letter at the exhibit. Pretty fun! The carousel ride was also a hit and for only $1! The planetarium show "one world, one sky" was a perfect way to introduce star gazing to my suburban children who never get to see the stars! It was a fun interactive show perfect for young children with favorite characters from sesame Street.
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