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    Grand Rapids Public Museum

    The Grand Rapids Public Museum is open.

    Founded in 1845, the Grand Rapids Public Museum is among the oldest history museums in the United States.

    Experience the Museum from Home

    The GRPM offers various resources accessible from home, including exploring the Museum’s Collection, activities and more!

    Live Stream at the Museum

    Check out the Museum's Live Stream!

    How to Experience Grand Rapids Public Museum:

    Do I need to purchase tickets in advance?

    Yes, Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) requires all visitors to purchase tickets in advance for contactless entry.

    Click here to reserve tickets.

    Are there timed tickets?

    Yes – all guests must reserve a timed-entry ticket to secure their visit time. Ticket times are available on the hour.

    Do I have to come at a specific time?

    Yes, please arrive as close as possible to your scheduled time.

    What are the current hours of operation?

    GRPM is open Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm.

    What can I expect when I arrive?

    Upon arrival, all guests will complete a COVID-19 questionnaire screening before receiving access to the Museum. If you or anyone in your group has experienced COVID-19 symptoms within 48 hours of your tour, please reach out to Museum staff to reschedule your private visit. GRPM will scan your digital tickets using the 6’ rule to maintain a safe distance for both you and their team members. Signage throughout the building and plexiglass around point-of-sale stations keep physical distancing top of mind for visitors.

    Will they take my temperature?


    How many people area allowed to enter?

    Indoor attractions are limited to 50% of normal visitor capacity by order of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. GRPM limits capacity through its timed ticketing system to ensure proper distancing.

    Do we have to wear masks?

    Yes, all visitors and team members over the age of two are required to wear a mask at all times inside the Museum, unless they are physically unable to wear one.

    Are there sanitation areas?

    High touchpoint areas and experiences have been removed or augmented with additional cleaning supplies to limit the spread of germs. Cleaning efforts, including more frequent cleaning protocols, have been increased in accordance with health department suggestions. GRPM has installed germ-killing ionization filters to its air-handling units. The units are connected to the Museum’s HVAC system to reduce airborne particles, control any odors and kill pathogens (including bacteria, viruses and mold).

    Is there an on-site restaurant open?

    The Museum Café offers prepackaged snacks and beverages, and is open from 10am to 3pm weekdays and 10am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday, with capacity limits. Click here to browse restaurants close to the Museum’s downtown site.

    Are there parts of the attraction that are closed?

    Some touchscreen and virtual reality experiences may not be available. Keep in mind that the 1028 Spillman Carousel is currently unavailable due to a major renovation project.

    Are there any admission discounts available?

    Culture Pass GR grants you admission to the Museum and other area attractions over the course of three days, for one low price. Purchase the pass online and download it to your phone for touch-free entrance to attractions. For a limited time, Culture Pass GR is on sale for just $20.

    Permanent collections include:

    Anishnabek: The People of This Place, exploring Native American contributions to West Michigan.
    Collecting A-Z, presenting just some of the million or so objects the Museum has collected.
    Furniture City, a history of the city's furniture manufacturing excellence.
    Habitats, which transports visitors through the natural environments of Michigan.
    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.

    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."

    Check for current shows and events - just click the box next to "Grand Rapids Public Museum."

    Spillman Carousel
    One of the Museum's most enduring attractions, this 1928 carousel offers rides year-round to visitors old and young. Includes 44 hand-carved, elaborately jeweled wooden horses, two chariots, and a giraffe, lion, deer, goat, tiger and camel.

    Chaffee Planetarium
    A 145-seat theater under a fifty-foot dome, the planetarium is located on the second floor of the Museum. Open daily with a variety of shows.


    • ADA Compliant:
    • Accessible Restrooms:
    • ADA Doors:
    • Accessible Parking:
    • Lower Counter:
    • Signs with Braille:
    • Getting Around the Venue: The main entrance has push-button activated powered doors, and is flush with the sidewalk.

      There are Men’s and Women’s multi-user style restrooms available with accessible stalls on each level of the venue. The restrooms on the first floor have push-button activated powered doors.

      The paths through the exhibits are wide and level.

      There are elevators that provided access to each level of the venue.

      The interior spaces are very well lit. Bench seating is available.

      There are lowered countertops available.
    • Accessible Parking Options: Grand Rapids Public Museum Parking Ramp at 59 Front Avenue NW. — 0.1 miles from the venue.

      Limited handicap parking is available outside the Museum main entrance, under the overhang — 0.0 miles from the venue.

    Grand Rapids Public Museum

    • 272 Pearl St. NW
    • Grand Rapids, MI 49504
    • (616) 929-1700
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