Founded in 1845, the Grand Rapids Public Museum is the oldest museum in Michigan. It is a place of never-ending inspiration and discovery for all ages, with more than 250,000 artifacts and specimens in its collection and a fascinating mix of permanent and traveling exhibits. It is also home to the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium.

Covid Safety: While Michigan’s broad COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, GRPM has established a number of COVID-19 precautions for its staff and guests. Visit the Museum website for details.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Permanent Collections

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Anishnabek: The People of This Place, exploring Native American contributions to West Michigan.
Collecting A-Z, presenting just some of the million or so objects the Museum has collected.
Furniture City, a history of the city's furniture manufacturing excellence.
Habitats, which transports visitors through the natural environments of Michigan.
Newcomers: The People of This Place, celebrating immigrant groups who helped make Grand Rapids what it is today.
Streets of Old Grand Rapids, a detailed recreation of an 1890s street scene.

Exhibits & Events

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Temporary exhibits have ranged from massive touring shows like "Bodies Revealed" to locally curated collections like "All Dressed Up - 1950s Style." One of the biggest shows in the Museum's history was here in 2013 - "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition."

Upcoming Events

Adolescent Echo

“Adolescent Echo” is an interactive installation of wooden birdhouses by artist Craig Merchant. They are painted in vibrant colors, they light up at night, and some of the birdhouses will repeat short phrases that are spoken into them.

Anishinabek: The People of This Place

Many direct descendants of the original Ottawa, Potawatomi and Chippewa people of West Michigan still live in the region today. Here is the story of the Anishinabek – “the people” – in their own voices, with rare and fascinating…

Crank Zappa Jellyfish

Touch the sensors on the tentacles of this mammoth sculpture to light it up and get (hopefully useful) advice and guidance from a hot-tempered jellyfish. Crank Zappa Jellyfish is an interactive sculpture created from plastic waste. Lights…

Grand Fish, Grand River

Organized around Earth’s spectacular eco-zones Earth Explorers brings the unparalleled adventures of National Geographic to life. Learn about the daring men and women who venture into dangerous and remote parts of the world to discover new…

Mother Nature

A life-size, 5-foot-tall Statue of Mother Nature by artist Erica Alexander. The installation features elements that incorporate all four seasons.

Newcomers: The People of This Place

More than 45 ethnic groups now call West Michigan their home. Newcomers: The People of This Place includes more than 600 artifacts and images dating from the first French fur traders to the latest influx of refugees escaping wars and others…

The Singing Tree

The Singing Tree is a lighting experience that transforms sound into interactive experiences. Interact with it in real-time by singing, clapping, or yelling to create an unforgettable and magical experience. The Singing Tree has been…

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Accessibility Information

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Accessibility

  • 272 Pearl St. NW
  • (616) 929-1700

This museum offers world-class exhibits on history, nature, cultural heritage and more. Ride a 1928 carousel, catch a show in the planetarium or eat in the cafe overlooking the Grand River. General Admission charged.

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