Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids

4.6
#1 of 29 in Childrens Museums in Michigan
Observatory · History Museum
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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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  • We were here for a wedding but we got to explore some after the museum was closed. I was able to take some footage of many of the exhibits and compile them into a video on my YouTube channel Mary... 
    We were here for a wedding but we got to explore some after the museum was closed. I was able to take some footage of many of the exhibits and compile them into a video on my YouTube channel Mary...  more »
  • This museum is fun for all ages! I never knew this museum was here. I will be telling all my friends to come and check it out. 
    This museum is fun for all ages! I never knew this museum was here. I will be telling all my friends to come and check it out.  more »
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  • This museum is always a delight for our family. The exhibits are well maintained and the staff are always so friendly and helpful. We love exploring the content together and separately as a family, always coming back together to discuss important parts of our national and regional history. We love ending our time with a planetarium show and "zooming out" to help reinforce how everyone and everything is connected. I notice new things and learn more each time we visit. We value the important space that you cultivate here and thank you for the care, creativity, and artistry you show throughout the building and grounds.
  • Great museum. I hadn't been here in also 20 years. There is so much to do and see here. It appeals to both young and old. There are plenty of hands on exhibits for the younger visitors. I loved the sections that were set up with the sights and sounds of pure Michigan's wildlife. The planetarium was wonderful with very informative presenters. He even took the time to answer some questions I had after the show. Highly recommend stopping in when in the Grand Rapids area.

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