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Grand Rapids Public Museum

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This is a good outing for the family. Lots of kid friendly exhibits. Reasonably priced... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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My family and I had a very nice time exploring the dinosaur exhibit. They did scare my 5yr old at... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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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...more
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272 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504-5351
+1 616-929-1700
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a good outing for the family. Lots of kid friendly exhibits. Reasonably priced. Centrally located on the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids. Featured exhibits at different times throughout the year. An antique carousel to ride.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 3 days ago

My family and I had a very nice time exploring the dinosaur exhibit. They did scare my 5yr old at first, but after talking it though, he loved it! We brought my son to the planetarium last year, which was also a great experience.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not only do you have to pay to enter the museum, parking is additional, certain exhibits cost more, and certain things in certain exhibits cost extra too. For someone who can barely afford the entrance fee, I was incredibly disappointed with this “public museum”

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place was fun with so much information, but it is so easy to get through. That was a plus for me. I loved the toy exhibit the most and reading about the history behind St Nichols. I wish they had a better cafe. The...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 20, 2018

Great museum for kids and adults. Lots of great exhibits and hands on stuff. Admission was very reasonable.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 19, 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed the Grand Rapids Public Museum. The museum has a diverse array of exhibits that would surely please everyone in the family. My favorite part was the area of the museum on the first floor that makes you feel as though you have stepped...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 16, 2018 via mobile

Neat displays but a lot of just looking versus interactive. Kids 7 and 9 were bored and ready to go in about 30 minutes. I was going to give place a 1 but then went to wildlife displays and they were great. Place has a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 4, 2018 via mobile

This museum always displays the neatest kid oriented Art on their property .. it’s a great stop for kids to get involved in .. climbing on, & touching the art on display. There is an admission fee to enter the museum, but there is also...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

A very nice museum with a variety of interesting displays about the history of Grand Rapids. The 1928 carousel is a must!

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 19, 2018

I have been to several historical museums in my lifetime and I would say overall this would be average. There were a lot of different things to see, but I felt there was a lot of more local Grand Rapids history that is missing in...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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September 24, 2018|
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Response from jdadavis12 | Reviewed this property |
I did not see any parking available for buses or RVs in and around the museum.
Christina T
July 23, 2018|
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Response from Sara K | Reviewed this property |
There are many great places to eat. I’ve never eaten at the museum but depending what you are looking for... there are tons of options downtown, walking distance, or you can always Lyft!
November 15, 2015|
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Response from GRPublicMuseum | Property representative |
Yes we will. The front desk is able to scan the tickets off your phone at our front desk.