Founded in 1845, the Grand Rapids Public Museum is the oldest museum in Michigan. It is a place of never-ending inspiration and discovery for all ages, with more than 250,000 artifacts and specimens in its collection and a fascinating mix of permanent and traveling exhibits. It is also home to the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium.

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Exhibits & Events

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Core Exhibits

1928 Mighty Wurlitzer Organ, an impressive icon and artifact of Grand Rapids. Volunteer organists demonstrate the Wurlitzer on most Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.
Anishnabek: The People of This Place, exploring Native American contributions to West Michigan. 
Arcade, a nostalgic gaming experience. Bring quarters!
Collecting A-Z, presenting just some of the million or so objects the Museum has collected. 
Fashion + Nature, a GRPM original that explores the relationship between the natural world and the fashion industry.
The Furniture Factory, a history of the city's furniture manufacturing excellence. 
Grand Fish, Grand River, uses artifacts and live sturgeon to explore rehabilitation efforts for the Great Lakes region's largest and oldest fish, the Lake Sturgeon. 
Meet Finny, the finback whale skeleton was acquired by the GRPM in 1905 and is suspended in the air for all visitors to admire.
Newcomers: The People of This Place, celebrating immigrant groups who helped make Grand Rapids what it is today.
Streets of Old Grand Rapids, a detailed recreation of an 1890s street scene. 
West Michigan Habitats, which transports visitors through the natural environments of Michigan.

Temporary Exhibits

Temporary exhibits have ranged from massive touring shows like "Bodies Revealed" to locally curated collections like "All Dressed Up - 1950s Style." One of the biggest shows in the Museum's history was here in 2013 - "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition."

Upcoming Events

Check for current shows and events

Building Buddies Jun 13

Building Buddies

Jun 13, 2024

The Grand Rapids Public Museum welcomes the arrival of an exciting and interactive exhibit that will captivate the imagination of visitors young and old. Building Buddies is set to open its doors on…

The Robot Zoo Jun 22

The Robot Zoo

Jun 22, 2024

Explore the biomechanics of complex animal robots to discover how real animals work at The Robot Zoo! This exhibit reveals the magic of nature as a master engineer. Eight robot animals and more than a…

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Accessibility

  • 272 Pearl St. NW
  • (616) 929-1700

This museum offers world-class exhibits on history, nature, cultural heritage and more. Ride a 1928 carousel, catch a show in the planetarium or eat in the cafe overlooking the Grand River. General Admission charged.

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