April 27, 2017

Kate Moore
Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations
(616) 929-1713

New Exhibit “Mindbender Mansion” Opening at theGrand Rapids Public Museum

Grand Rapids, MI – Coming soon, the Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) is opening a new exhibit designed to entertain and challenge visitors of all ages with puzzles, brainteasers and interactive challenges. Opening on Saturday, May 27, Mindbender Mansion invites visitors to enter an eclectic mansion setting to try their hand at group and individual games. 
Families are sure to enjoy exercising their minds as they try to master each of the 40 individual brain teasers and the five group activities in this fun and unconventional exhibit. Visitors to Mindbender Mansion will be greeted by the wacky Mr. E., master brainteaser and puzzler extraordinaire to explain the mysteries of Mindbender Mansion, then will set out to gather hidden clues and secret passwords. 
Upon completing each of the select brainteasers and group challenges, visitors will see if they gathered the necessary clues and passwords to become a member of the Mindbender Society and add their portrait to the “Wall of Fame.”  
“Get ready to exercise your brain!” said Kate Moore, VP of Marketing and PR at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. “Mindbender Mansion is a family friendly way to learn and adapt constructive thinking skills. It promotes intergenerational learning through group puzzles and brain teasers as well.”
Admission to Mindbender Mansion will be $10 for adults, $5 for children, $7 for Kent County resident adults and $2 for Kent County resident children, and FREE for Museum members. Mindbender Mansion will be located on the Museum’s third floor in the Lacks exhibit hall and run from May 27 to September 3, 2017.
Throughout the exhibit visitors will find a combination of tabletop brainteasers they can solve on their own and larger group challenges that require assistance from their fellow mansion guests. 
Mindbender Mansion was produced and is toured by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, Oregon  2009.
Grand Rapids Public Museum

The Grand Rapids Public Museum is an invaluable, publicly-owned institution that is home to more than 250,000 unique artifacts that tell the history of Kent County and beyond, houses the only planetarium in the region, and is responsible for protecting the Norton Indian Mounds, a national historic landmark. The Grand Rapids Public Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, with its main location in downtown Grand Rapids, MI at 272 Pearl Street, NW. For additional information including hours of operation, admission fees and exhibit/event listings, please visit