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Grand Rapids Public Museum
272 Pearl St NW
Grand Rapids
MI
49504
Tel: 616-929-1700

Where are we going today?

The USA has an AMAZING history, and so why not start by learning about events that happened right under your feet! At the Grand Rapids Public Museum, the whole family can learn all about the history of the areas, and those people and events that shaped it into what you know today!

The Grand Rapids Public Museum has three floors of those core exhibits that focus on a number of topics, including culture, science and of course, history! The museum also showcase a number of special exhibits across the year, so watch out for those!

Are you excited to hear all about the exhibits that you can learn about during your time at the museum? How about walking in the footsteps of ancestors and looking at how the Native Americans lived, worked and studied in the area? A fascinating exhibit to learn from!

Grand Fish, Grand River let's kids explore how the largest and oldest fish in the Great Lake's region lived, and now is threatened.

Be Curious let's the family explore how the stories and objects are collected, and preserved, and ultimately displayed within the exhibits, and then check out the natural environments of West Michigan!

See how diverse the exhibits are! 

A highlight of the Grand Rapids Public Museum is when kids can stroll through a 3/4 scale re-creation of Grand Rapids itself - only it's the 1890s! What better way to learn about history than to actually LIVE it!

History, culture, learning and lots of fun to be had at this Michigan museum for the whole family!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$8
  • Children$3 (Ages 3 to 17)
  • Free Under: 2 years
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

9am - 5pm Mon, Wed - Sat / 9am - 8pm Tues / 12pm - 5pm Sun

Closed Jan 1, Memorial Day, Easter, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas

Teachers corner

They have the Public Museum School where grades 6 to 12 can learn in a progressive environment.

I'm Hungry!

The Museum Cafe overlooks the river, and offers kids meals, sandwiches, and those tasty desserts.

Healthy Eating!

The cafe has healthy snacks for the family including salads and soups.

Any Top Tips?

There is a planetarium for those kids who love to explore the galaxy and beyond! There are screenings so check out what's on!.

Need a little extra help?

Speak to staff about the accessibility of the museum!.

Can I get one of those?

The Curiosity Shop is a treasure trove of gifts that you can take away! From toys and books, to fun memento's - bring that pocket money!.

More information

Some special exhibits require a slightly higher admission fee.

What people are saying?

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    Grand Rapids Public Museum is among the best public musuems I've been to, nearly on par with those in Chicago and Washington DC. A few of the exhibits are a bit dated, but we were amazed by the depth of the collections. The historical Grand Rapids exhibits were excellent - we learned a lot! The natural science exhibits had great collections with accurate and articulate descriptions of the displays and the complex concepts of our natural world.

    The museum incorporated play activities and displays for kids to let loose some energy while learning...Read More

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    Went today on a Saturday...way too busy, Museum is not prepared for busy crowd, even though I'd expect this to be normal on the weekends. Had to wait in line for over 1/2 hr. There were only 3 people selling tickets. The staff seemed overwhelmed with the crowd...which I said above weekends are probably crazy.

    Wasn't overly impressed with the exhibitions...some seemed trite...like the 50's bar with jukebox. The only exhibition I was glad to see was the 1800's town...which I remember from the former museum of my childhood. With the variety of exhibitions...Read More

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    Overall great museum to keep the children busy. Lots of nature, tech and Michigan specific exhibits. Recommended for families.

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    Line to get in was out the door and down the street. They should work on being equipped for large crowds. But once inside, it is a great experience for kids and adults alike.

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    Cost is to high for lower income, priced larger families way to much

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by Joshua Clements

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Grand Rapids Public Museum is among the best public musuems I've been to, nearly on par with those in Chicago and Washington DC. A few of the exhibits are a bit dated, but we were amazed by the depth of the collections. The historical Grand Rapids exhibits were excellent - we learned a lot! The natural science exhibits had great collections with accurate and articulate descriptions of the displays and the complex concepts of our natural world.

The museum incorporated play activities and displays for kids to let loose some energy while learning a bit in the process. This was a very welcome find while travelling with kids and looking for good things to do. The entrance fee is quite reasonable, and very low considering the high quality facility and exhibits.

As an added bonus, the cafe prices were reasonable, with comfortable seating and looking out over the river.

My 4-year-old daughter had a great time. My wife and I had a great time! We spent over three hours in the museum and did not see it all.

We would definitely return to the museum on future trips to Grand Rapids, and highly recommend it!

by Cathy H

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Went today on a Saturday...way too busy, Museum is not prepared for busy crowd, even though I'd expect this to be normal on the weekends. Had to wait in line for over 1/2 hr. There were only 3 people selling tickets. The staff seemed overwhelmed with the crowd...which I said above weekends are probably crazy.

Wasn't overly impressed with the exhibitions...some seemed trite...like the 50's bar with jukebox. The only exhibition I was glad to see was the 1800's town...which I remember from the former museum of my childhood. With the variety of exhibitions it was difficult to distinguish if the museum was a Natural Science or Michigan History Museum.

However, I think the museum is great for children and young adults will find it interesting.

The Weather

Saturday

Conditions: Fog
Temp: 57° F / 14° C
Humidity: 85 %
Wind: SSE - 9 MPH

Sunday

Conditions: Chance of Rain
Temp: 47° F / 8° C
Humidity: 92 %
Wind: ENE - 8 MPH

Monday

Conditions: Chance of Rain
Temp: 42° F / 6° C
Humidity: 88 %
Wind: NNE - 8 MPH

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