Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids

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#1 of 16 in Childrens Museums in Michigan
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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  • October 4, 2017
    lots of great art, helpful staff great layout. we came for Art prize , and just happened upon this. had kids with us, they were entertained and everyone had a great time. thanks for being there!  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    As a family we try to go to this museum at least once a year. With the seasonal changing exhibits keeps the museum fresh and interesting  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    During our wedding weekend, my husband and I became tourists in Grand Rapids despite having lived here for decades. We chose the public museum to explore and discovered how great a place it is for adu...  more »
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  • June 8, 2017
    We spent the entire day on a Sunday with our 4 kids (3-10) and my teenage sister. There was something for everyone! The kids had tons to do and we enjoyed it too. We ate there in the little cafe and it wasn't too pricey and the food was good. We stayed for the last planetarium show and it was awesome. It was a last minute trip we pulled together, but we were so glad we did. ­čśŐ
  • June 10, 2017
    I would strongly encourage everybody to attend the museum! First off, if you're a Kent County resident or a college student (and bring your ID), you can get in for a very very low price, or maybe even for free. There's a lot of interactive activities for the kids, and lots of cool places and facts to learn. They also have cool limited-time exhibitions that are often included with the general admission ticket. Support your local museum!!
  • June 7, 2017
    Loved the story time with the old Roaring 20's Organ music and sound effects today! The organ player was awsome (sorry, I cannot recall his name, but know he has only been playing this organ for 5 years). He was great!!!! Loved learning about all the organ could do. It made the day extra special for our mom.
  • May 2, 2017
    Decent museum that is quite a bit bigger in the inside than it seems. There is a nice variety of exhibits, and a lot of information on the history of Grand Rapids. Don't come expecting tons of dinosaur bones however, and all the exhibits are pretty small. Good for kids though with plenty if interactive areas. The planetarium is also amazing and a definite must see, it is probably one of the main attractions.
  • June 23, 2017
    Attended a wedding here. Wonderful location and venue. Food and service were excellent. Displays were immaculate and stimulating. Entertainment for the entire family.

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Where to stay in Grand Rapids

Only five hotels provide lodging downtown, but each charms its guests with a distinctive character. A small collection of bed and breakfasts and inns populate Old Town. These hotels are a five-minute walk from the city's main attractions, top restaurants, and conference centers, so they tend to fill up fast. Book a room early to ensure you get the lodging of your choice. There are also hotel chains near the airport and in residential areas; public transport and taxi service link these to the city's downtown.
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