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Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids

Categories: Observatories, History Museums, Museums
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4.4/5 based on 460+ reviews on the web
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. See Grand Rapids Public Museum and all Grand Rapids has to offer by arranging your trip with our Grand Rapids trip itinerary planner.
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  • We were a week early for the new whales exhibit, but our 3 and 6 year old grandchildren loved our visit. They were so excited about their first planetarium experience. And, of course, they rode the ca...  read more »
  • You're likely to be surprised that a city the size of Grand Rapids has a museum this incredible! We are two adults, no kids and we loved it. We spent four hours here. Of course you can spend less time...  read more »
  • Been here many times, school field trip back in the day, prom, a wedding, Art Prize and with family. It's a fabulous museum and I highly recommend it to all ages. 
  • A great investment and a must-see if you have kids. So much to do here. The planetarium is excellent and the presenter is really passionate about the experience. The staff does a great job keeping the exhibits clean and in working order. Members events are well done.
  • I've always loved going to the museum as a kid. So many awesome things to see and experience. The planetarium is probably my favorite. However, while this review is a good one and the museum is fantastic, I have to applaud the staff during the recent storms in GR. When the tornadoes were going through GR, I was in the planetarium with a friend. I have to say that the museum staff were very quick, very efficient, and very polite and respectful during the whole ordeal, which made the experience that much better. Everyone knew bad weather was coming, our phones were all going off, but we were worried about scaring the kids that were around for the special events. You guys did a FANTASTIC job.
  • I thought there was a nice collection of many different items throughout the museum. It was also neat to see how kid friendly and family oriented it was. The Cafe was a nice location, although the food was ok, nothing to brag about. It was pleasant enough to sit near a window while eating lunch, watching the Grand flow by. I would have given 5 stars, but I know there is a section of the museum closed off that used to be the old furniture factory. Now it is just a small part. I'd love to see it fully opened again and view the amazing craftsmanship.
  • We are a member of the Museum and visit quite frequently. A great addition to downtown Grand Rapids and a wonderful place to visit, see what traveling exhibits are there, visit the planetarium or ride the amazing carousel. Highly recommend going and then become a member. Membership gives free entry to the museum and also the planetarium. What a great spot
  • This place is more suited for older kids. There were not enough interactive stations for my kids to play. The carousel was fun and the operator was friendly to the kids. One big issue I think is the lack of family bathrooms. My youngest daughter need to use the bathroom and I had to take her in the men's room.
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