Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids

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#1 of 17 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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  • We visited the museum over Christmas vacation, and enjoyed several festive exhibits. We really enjoyed the Santa Clauses through the ages that were set out throughout the Streets of Grand Rapids. And ...  more »
  • Learn about the history of Grand Rapids and West Michigan at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Located on the west bank of the Grand River, this museum features the largest whale skeleton in the United ...  more »
  • If you are visiting or from the area, this museum will teach you something you didn't know about the history of Grand Rapids and the surrounding area.  more »
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  • This museum has a very beautiful location with wonderful views of the river. The staff was helpful while still giving us space to explore at our own pace. I wish more cities had museums like this. My favorite part was the old time views of Grand Rapids from the past. Really gives you some perspective of the changes the city has gone through. I would recommend this place to children and adults alike!
  • This place is great for families. Their planetarium is really fun and nice. They have a gift shop with a variety in items and prices. A lot is hands on so kids can interact, but there's enough for adults too for enjoyment. They have a carousel. Their cafe had a kids menu and all food is decently priced! The view from the cafe is beautiful. The parking lot is across the street so there is parking, but not attached to the museum. It's a great family experience!
  • Great place to take the family. We have visited twice. They have special exhibits. We saw the Mind Benders (FABULOUS for all ages) as well as the Mermaids, Unicorns and Dragons ( pretty good ). It is within walking distance in the downtown area along the river. It is close to other museums, shopping and restaurants.
  • Great place for couple, families, or just yourself. Fun all the way around. Very educational. The antique carousel that's refurbished to it's glory, for adults and kids to ride on. It's very enjoyable. Also I've been to the Grand Rapids Public Museum for a wedding reception which is absolutely gorgeous, fun, and creative place. Food, appetizers was delicious.
  • Nice museum with lots of interesting things to explore. It is focused heavily on items related to the Grand Rapids Michigan area such as the furniture industry, local wildlife, local history and more. They have a really cool planetarium. They also get in various traveling exhibits. Most of the museum does not change much so the traveling exhibits keep you coming back.

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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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