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Grand Rapids Public Museum

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Address: 272 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504-5371
Phone Number:
+1 616-456-3977
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon 09:00 - 17:00
Tue 09:00 - 20:00
Wed - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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The Grand Rapids Public Museum is a place of never-ending inspiration and...

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.

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WOW ! WHALES.....🐋 🐋 🐋

Took my 8 yr. old grandson and he was so excited, but we were too. Spent over 4 hrs. Viewing the museum. We went to see the dinosaurs years ago and enjoyed it so much. We thought... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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172 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Took my 8 yr. old grandson and he was so excited, but we were too. Spent over 4 hrs. Viewing the museum. We went to see the dinosaurs years ago and enjoyed it so much. We thought we would go thinking it would be the same. The information and the pictures are top notch. The skeletal remains of the dolphins... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

With everything there is to do and experience and see here it is a very fun and educational trip. I also like that the people there are willing to talk about and explain everything in their museum. there is pride taken in the exhibits and in the overall feel of the place.

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Thank Germandude8503
Monee, Illinois, United States
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I will return. Did not have enough time to view the whole museum because we arrived later than we wanted to. I did very much like the nature exhibit on the 3rd floor.

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Thank Robert S
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Cheap museum with a great planetarium. Comfy seats and good rotating shows. Temporary whale exhibit was cool. It's not as elaborate as some big city nature/history museums I've been to but it's a great place to take the family. Great location and a nice addition to the downtown Grand Rapids cultural scene.

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Thank SpartanAJ
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Scavenger hunt is a great idea and I liked that all the letters are labeled. I was disappointed they had no letters that pertained to two of the most important permanent exhibits: the Anishinabek Indians and Newcomers. I would have also liked to have seen a schedule posted for when the Anishinabek presentations run. I would like to also... More 

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Thank Arlene P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

In addition to the wonderful rotating displays, this museum truly gives you an idea of the history and pride of Grand Rapids. I learn something different and interesting every time I visit, and there is enough to keep kids of all ages interested.

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Thank Laura H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

My boyfriend and I went to this museum on a whim. It was a nice size and pretty affordable. If you wanted to go to another part of the museum it was extra which didn't make sense. It was understandable that the interactive show was extra.

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Thank KilahMa
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

Like the loaf of rye bread created to a bowl with your choice of soup inside. Good parking, clean, clean restrooms, and a museum attached. Must see.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

First, I need to preface this by saying I really like the public museum. The permanent exhibits are great/interesting/informative. I invited family new to the area from Chicago to the new Whale exhibit and they were underwhelmed. Yes, it had cool skeletal structures, but that's about it.

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Thank Mary T
Holland, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

We have an annual membership, and we highly recommend as it's good at museums across the country. This museum does an excellent job with special events and rotating exhibits. They had special holiday crafts during holiday break. Lots of kid friendly exhibits and activities. I'm also impressed by the number of volunteers. The carousel is always a hit too. Great... More 

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