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Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids

(4.5/5 based on 480+ 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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  • In addition to the wonderful rotating displays, this museum truly gives you an idea of the history and pride of Grand Rapids. I learn something different and interesting every time I visit, and there ...  more »
  • My boyfriend and I went to this museum on a whim. It was a nice size and pretty affordable. If you wanted to go to another part of the museum it was extra which didn't make sense. It was understandabl...  more »
  • Like the loaf of rye bread created to a bowl with your choice of soup inside. Good parking, clean, clean restrooms, and a museum attached. Must see. 
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  • Good-looking Museum. Little small but still fun on a snowy day. Love the old style carousel. Love the family pass does it get you into other museums also. I feel like they might need a little bit more kid interaction areas like some of the other museums I've been to. All in all still like it and will return every year.
  • I am a fifth grade teacher and found that there were some wonderful curricular connections for my students. This museum has a great variety of exhibits and programs. My students and parents absolutely loved it. Gina B. was wonderful in making some adjustments to provide a greater experience to our group. I was disappointed in a situation with the gift shop. There was only One cashier and we had about twenty students and parents in line to purchase items. The space was small and one of my students accidentally bumped into a fragile item. It broke and the sales woman admitted that they should not have had it out on display and assured it was fine. 10 minutes later, she came and found me and asked me to pay for the $17 item. It was sold in a pair and she was going to charge me full price for the broken part. I requested that I should get the pair as I was paying full price. I believe this was poor discretion as she admitted their wrong and our school paid almost $2,000 for our trip, as well as, I would estimate hundreds of dollars in purchases in this shop. It's disheartening that this had to put a damper on our experience. We will come back, however I may discourage families to make their purchases due to our experience.
  • 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.
  • The location and facilities are beautiful. Some of the exhibits are great, while some I find boring. I love the old town set up.
  • 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