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“A Classy, Clean & Well Laid Out History Lesson”

Grand Rapids Public Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed December 2, 2011

I can remember first going to visit the exhibits at the old GR Museum when I was child during the 1960's. This was our first visit to the new environs and we were surprised to see a several of the old exhibits/dioramas still being used.
The evening we toured the museum, just before closing time, there were a group of young people ball room dancing in the main lobby. What an innovative and refreshing use of this magnificent resource to the community. The museum was jumping!
My favorite exhibit was still my favorite from my earliest memories of the Museum - the Streets of Old Grand Rapids recreation. I enjoyed our relaxed stroll through a full-scale detailed re-creation of Grand Rapids from the 1890's and the feeling of being somehow transported back into another time. We also visited the Planetarium show that evening.
You should park in in the Museum ramp, located behind the Museum on Front St. Also plan on bringing a camera, comfortable shoes and an expectation that you will have a good time learning something new.
As one of the Grand Rapids area's many educational institutions, I think the GR Public Museum is still inspiring that sense of discovery and learning about the colorful and relevant history of greater Grand Rapids.
They continue to do a magnificent job of preserving the treasures of the past and increasing their displays relevance by appropriating and incorporating items from our present - all effectively used for teaching the important lessons for our future.

Thank Aerdog
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Reviewed November 26, 2011

Great exhibits, great layout. The kids all had fun!

Thank Renee P
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Reviewed October 19, 2011

The staff is we informed and very nice. The Bodies Revealed Exhibit was at the Museum when we were in town so we got to experience that as well. It is a very beautiful and interesting museum. Also, if you have kids, there is plenty to keep them interested and occupied!

Thank NickyTicky
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Reviewed July 7, 2011

The public museum can't compete against ones found in Chicago and such but for little Grand Rapids, it works. The people who work there are extremely friendly and they have many exhibits that are general admission. They have a cute carousel that is free with proof of your admission, though they have never actually asked to see my ticket. They always have very interesting special exhibits.

Thank Layla T
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Reviewed October 13, 2010

Public Museum is located right off the freeway and has a convenient parking garage and covered drive up for drop off if needed. The Museum covers three floors and offers many interactive exhibits including a real downtown area circa the 1800's. Often the shops are open and you can see vintage printing, shopping, pharmacy etc. The first floor has a wonderful restored Merry - Go - Round that all ages can ride for $1 each.
The second floor has many displays, a theater and a planetarium. The shows rotate and change frequently. The planetarium also has musical light shows as well as traditional educational programs. The third floor hosts traveling exhibitions as well as permanent Egyptian displays.

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