The Grand Rapids African American Museum & Archives promotes, preserves, displays, collects and honors the lives, culture, history and art of local African Americans. In African culture, griots kept the history and traditions of family, tribes and nations alive through the stories they told. Griots were typically male, but when Africans were brought to the Americans, women became the transmitters of oral history. Today, it’s often the grandmother that fulfills this role – hence, the Museum’s acronym: GRAAMA.
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How to Experience the Grand Rapids African American Museum
How to Experience the Grand Rapids African American Museum:
What can I see and do at Grand Rapids African American Museum?
Listen to recorded oral histories, view memorabilia, exhibits and pop-up displays, and attend special events. The Grand Rapids African American Museum walls are filled with works by local artists, cases display fascinating historical objects and shelves are stocked with unique and meaningful merchandise for sale.
Is Grand Rapids African American Museum good for kids?
It’s a wonderful place to inspire a deeper understanding and appreciation of the African American experience, for children of all races.
When is GRAAMA open?
Noon-5pm Tuesday through Saturday.
What is the admission price?
Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
Are there any discounts available?
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Can I purchase or reserve tickets online?
Admission is free and there is no need to reserve a ticket in advance.
Is Grand Rapids African American Museum accessible for guests with special needs?
Interior paths are wide and level to accommodate strollers and wheelchairs. The venue is quiet and well-lit. A single-user-style restroom is available. See more Accessibility Info.
Where is Grand Rapids African American Museum located?
Where can I park?
There is abundant parking near the Grand Rapids African American Museum. View the downtown parking map – the closest lot is the Monroe Center Parking Ramp (N) at the corner of Louis Street and Ionia.
Is food available?
Is there a gift shop?
Shelves are stocked with unique and meaningful merchandise for sale, and the We Are LIT! bookstore inside the Grand Rapids African American Museum & Archives is stocked with new, multicultural books across all genres.
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- 87 Monroe Center St. NW
- (616) 649-3778
Our mission is to promote, preserve, display, collect and honor the lives, culture, history and accomplishments of African, African American, and connected peoples in the Greater Grand Rapids Michigan community.
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