Grand Rapids Public Museum
Grand Rapids Public Museum
4.5
Observatories & PlanetariumsHistory Museums
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Grand Rapids Public Museum is a place of never-ending inspiration and discovery, with a focus on science, history and culture. We have three floors of core and traveling exhibitions, the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium, a 1928 Spillman Carousel and a Mighty Wurlitzer Organ.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Tony C
    Leicestershire, United Kingdom36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very good experience!
    A great place to visit, especially as it was rainy day. Very informative and interesting and well laid out, especially the street scenes. Also try the carousel, it’s a must for kids of all ages (seniors to tiny tots!)
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 15, 2023
  • Regina A
    7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful restorations
    Interactive museum for kids & adults. Beautiful restorations. 3 floors, Cafe, carousel, planetarium. Plenty of restrooms, elevator, coat room(by restrooms when you first enter). This is also on the list of EBT discounts. 4ppl per card.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 3, 2023
  • MonumentFan
    Richmond, Virginia83 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Gem on the River
    Honestly, this museum was not on my radar, but what a gem of a museum. Something for everyone from grandparents to toddlers. Lots of interactive exhibits for the kids and interesting exhibits for all ages. From Bugs to Dolls, old Grand Rapids to Outer Space, this is a well-designed museum with a lovely view of the river. A ride on the beautiful 1928 Spillman Carousel with its Mighty Wurlitzer Organ was included in the reasonable ticket price. Rides are every 20 minutes.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 26, 2023
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Terry T
Indianapolis, IN18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
Was from out of town and the security guard at the Ford Museum recommended this because their museum was still closed due to Covid. I was glad I went over there because they have a vintage Spillman carousel I got to see which was currently being restored. I also liked the old time street with the shops. The rest of the museum is mostly about local history.
Written October 16, 2021
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Thank you for the good review! We're thrilled you enjoyed your visit to the Museum. Come again soon!
Written January 10, 2022
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Roxane C
Michigan10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
This is a very interesting and engaging museum . We went there with our two six year old grandchildren and loved every thing. There was ample social distancing and everyone but one teenager was wearing a mask the correct way. Friendly museum people to help. We hung out there a long time and was fun the whole itme.
Written September 14, 2020
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Thank you for the great review! We're glad you enjoyed your time at the Museum. We hope to see you again soon!
Written September 19, 2020
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Kathy H
Saint Louis, MO295 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
There were so many things in this museum we loved. Bats, overstuffed local wildlife dioramas (with sound effects!), Dark Side show, old Grand Rapids exhibit, clockwork toys and videos, ivory carvings... we only allotted two hours and it wasn't nearly enough (and we are Type AA people).
Written January 21, 2022
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Jeffrey Koslowski
Canton, MI677 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
For what it is, this is a solid Museum. Lots of different exhibits and cool artifacts. The only issue I have is that they cut a really wide swath for what they show. You go one way and you see furniture production of western Michigan. Turn another way and there is a small room dedicated to Ancient Egypt. If the aim is to give younger patrons an introduction to what is out there in the world, mission accomplished. If it's goal is to make people experts in the field, shrinking their scope would be a wiser decision.
There are a ton of games for kids to play that are scattered throughout the Museum in really strange places. The giant light bright set is located within the old town city street display. Underneath the fin whale is a corn hole set. Want to look at watches and time pieces? It is over by the giant Connect 4 game. For a lot of people I'm sure it was nice to see things that they could stop for a minute and play or give their kids a break from looking at cases and cases full of taxidermied animals but for a serious Museum professional, it felt very strange.
I didn't see the new exhibit called Popnology as it was an extra fee. I didn't see the fairly new exhibit about pollinating animals (which is just outside the sections about quilting and money). It is good for what it is and has lots of hands-on displays but it is definitely geared toward the younger audience and, I would argue, more toward school groups as well.
Overall, if you are in Grand Rapids and you have kids, give this place a look. It is far more kid friendly than the Gerald Ford Museum which is right across the street. Don't expect to learn a ton but there is something there for every learner of every age and ability.
Written July 7, 2021
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Thank you for leaving the GRPM a good review! We appreciate your throrough feedback and will pass it along to our team for consideration. We hope to see you again soon.
Written September 21, 2021
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MonumentFan
Richmond, VA83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Honestly, this museum was not on my radar, but what a gem of a museum. Something for everyone from grandparents to toddlers. Lots of interactive exhibits for the kids and interesting exhibits for all ages. From Bugs to Dolls, old Grand Rapids to Outer Space, this is a well-designed museum with a lovely view of the river. A ride on the beautiful 1928 Spillman Carousel with its Mighty Wurlitzer Organ was included in the reasonable ticket price. Rides are every 20 minutes.
Written November 26, 2023
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Nina D
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We love the GR museum. There is so much to see and our membership was worth the cost. Unfortunately, we were unable to see the bodies exhibit because we all times were booked (wish we would have know to register in advance) but the kids enjoyed all the other exhibits and the carousel ride. Parking structure was full (as expected on a weekend) but we were able to park nearby.
Written January 21, 2020
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Thank you for the great review! Bodies Revealed has been extended through September 27, 2020. Advance ticket purchase required for contactless entry. We hope to see you soon!
Written August 5, 2020
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Charlotte L
16 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Business
I tried to enjoy it but too many exhibits were poorly lit, non operational or not available. The Wurlitzer organ could not be seen and both the carousel and vintage engine for furniture lathe were out of order. Since Grand Rapids also has a Children’s Museum I was quite mystified as to why many exhibits at this museum are geared towards children. On the flip side, I did find the Native American and natural history sections to be quite good. Gift shop could be improved! This nice city deserves better.
Written August 24, 2021
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Thank you for the review. We appreciate your honest feedback about your experience and we will pass along this information to our team for consideration. If you'd like to provide additional feedback, feel free to email us at info@grpm.org.
Written September 21, 2021
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Tammy S
Romeo, MI1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
I thought the museum was very clean, nice and beautifully located, but I really would have wished for better focus on themes. I felt like I was missing the history of Grand Rapids except for a few displays. Perhaps there is another history museum that covers that, but the family hoped to learn more, and we were pretty much overwhelmed by the dissimilar or trite information at every corner, but no immersive theme.

The toy display, for example, was out of place and didn’t fit with surrounding displays. As far as I could tell it had nothing to do with the area or town. Around that display we felt like we would hurry through and get out. It was stifling.

In contrast, the Gerald R Ford museum across the street was thematic, told a story and didn’t divert from the message. The bottom line is, tell it like a story. The GRPM doesn’t do this yet. I hope they will and I’ll come back to learn.
Written January 22, 2024
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Mark P
Swampscott, MA2,524 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
This is an interesting and very well curated museum located across from the Presidential Library. It offers terrific exhibits about Grand Rapids and its history, along with local wildlife. Ours was a fairly quick trip, but we were impressed.
Written July 21, 2022
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Dave W.
Ludington, MI560 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Great museum! It really highlights the great history of this beautiful city. I am not a resident, but I was actually born in GR, and this place really shows the history of Michigan and Grand Rapids extremely well. They also touch on a lot of great world and national history, and the tiny gift shop is actually packed with some really cool stuff. This place is worth the visit. Try to avoid times when you see school busses however, because as much as I love children, they have no respect for public educational and historical artifacts. This is not a playground.
Written February 14, 2020
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Thank you for the good review! We're thrilled you were able to enjoy your time at the Museum.
Written August 5, 2020
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