Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids

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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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  • Loved the old streets of Grand Rapids exhibit and the Nature and Fashion exhibit. Excellent discount for seniors and students with ID. 
    Loved the old streets of Grand Rapids exhibit and the Nature and Fashion exhibit. Excellent discount for seniors and students with ID.  more »
  • We were here for a wedding but we got to explore some after the museum was closed. I was able to take some footage of many of the exhibits and compile them into a video on my YouTube channel Mary... 
    We were here for a wedding but we got to explore some after the museum was closed. I was able to take some footage of many of the exhibits and compile them into a video on my YouTube channel Mary...  more »
  • This museum is fun for all ages! I never knew this museum was here. I will be telling all my friends to come and check it out. 
    This museum is fun for all ages! I never knew this museum was here. I will be telling all my friends to come and check it out.  more »
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  • We loved our trip! We had children under one, up to fourteen. Nobody was bored, and there was enough information and exhibits to keep kids and adults busy and educated. Everything was nice and clean, and the layout was perfect. I'm so glad we purchased a membership, we will definitely be returning!
  • This museum is a must see 'em. I recently visited and I was able to hear the 1928 Wurlitzer organ played in their magnificent theater. I was also able to ride the 1928 carousel that is now operating again after a 4 year restoration effort. I am planning to return to experience their planetarium. This is a great museum and not to be missed. Very impressive!
  • Always a great place to visit. Especially in the summer when it's too hot to be outside. Residents of kent county get free ramp parking and lowered admission prices. The prices for nonresidents are still very reasonable. If you get a chance, check out a show at the planetarium, they are spectacular. All the workers and security are kind, and will gladly chat you up if you want!
  • This was amazing! I kinda wish the pop culture exhibit was included in the price for admission. I understand why they charge and all that. It's just harder to enjoy these things if you don't have the funds. But a great array of things to see and enjoy. I loved the old time section. It felt like you were transported.
  • It was a fun experience. Geared more towards kids, which in turn is awesome. It made the education fun and interactive. I would visit as they change up exibits as well, some were smaller than you would expect for the type of area they have. Still overall happy with it and really enjoyed the time walking through it.

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