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Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids

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Observatory History Museum
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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  • The standing exhibits are good and the special events are fun. I do wonder why there is not a senior discount for admission.  more »
  • We've been to the public museum many times for corporate events, graduation parties and for special exhibits. There's always something new to explore in terms of exhibits. One of those being the exhib...  more »
  • Haven't been here since I was very young. Went with my niece and we had such a great time. We spent several hours just running around and gasping at the different wonders. Lots of hands on displays as...  more »
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  • 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
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I've been going to this museum for years. I absolutely love the exhibits. It has both local history in it, and world history. It has traveling exhibits that change every few months, and are often big attractions. Some days they the old shops being run by employees in period clothing to answer questions about the time period and particular trade and building. They care about education here.