Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids

#1 of 29 in Childrens Museums in Michigan
Observatory · History Museum
Grand Rapids Public Museum stands as one of the oldest of its kind in the country and has long been a quintessential local attraction dedicated to detailing the history of both the region and its people. Explore the facility's array of exhibits and collections dating back as far as 1854, as well a variety of other topics ranging from biology to aviation. Wander an immersive recreated street scene that depicts life in the city before the turn of the 20th century. You can also learn about the area's Native American history or simply marvel at the museum's holdings of nearly one million items, displayed periodically by topic. Be sure to check the website for information about upcoming temporary exhibits or special events. Work out when and for how long to visit Grand Rapids Public Museum and other Grand Rapids attractions using our handy Grand Rapids trip planner.
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  • This museum is so much fun! Our kids ages 4-10 had a great time! We love the woodworker who gave the kids handmade tops. Such a great deal!  more »
  • The historic street area was amazing. Worth a visit just for that. Also loved the arcade, games I haven’t seen since my teenage years.  more »
  • This is the second year my daughter participated in the Museum summer camps. I enrolled my daughter in all the programs fit her age. She loves all the programs that she attended. She also loves the fun we look through the museum exhibits carefully or play the games at the museum after her camps. The museum staff members are very helpful from registration to parking. Good place to watch my daughter grow!
  • It's the Best museum in the city. The places offers a lot of variety and fun for all ages! Even the kids stuff (like the arcade) is fun for adults. I was surprised how much they fit into the small building. Great pieces of history are preserved here and it's perfect for the general public

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