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Named in honor of astronaut Roger Chaffee this room shows creative light shows themed to poular... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bill H
Traverse City, Michigan
A MUST Visit

A cute little museum that has so many items and artifacts to see and touch. This is a great family... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jerry T
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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...more
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272 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504-5351
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Named in honor of astronaut Roger Chaffee this room shows creative light shows themed to poular music. This vist I watched four back to back shows dealing with outer space. Very educational. The views of the Grand river from the museum are scenic. Well worth...More

Thank Bill H
Reviewed 1 week ago

A cute little museum that has so many items and artifacts to see and touch. This is a great family museum. Be sure to visit.

Thank Jerry T
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took Gramma for a day to the museum. I was pleased with the out come, I thought the price was very reasonable. We loved all the different displays, organizing it by alphabet was a fun way to set up the museum. I really liked...More

1  Thank Nancy V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a nice visit - good for a couple of hours. You do not need to pay for street parking on Sundays. ASTC membership includes free admission (extra fee for planetarium and special exhibits).

Thank Gil L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was a delight. I was in town for business and wanted to visit but didn’t know what to expect. I was very pleased with the history of Grand Rapids and the US. Plenty of hands on for kids, but adults will have plenty to...More

Thank RAB-218
Reviewed 13 July 2018 via mobile

We picked this museum not knowing much. It's a collection of things. Some stuff, some wildlife, a few things that change. Found it to be an interesting diversion for some history of the area.

1  Thank MichiganDad2
Reviewed 12 July 2018 via mobile

Toured museum with wife. Saw many exhibits that was very interesting. Took some photos together to share with family and friends. Museum is easy to find using Mapquest.

Thank Jeff D
Reviewed 11 July 2018

Wasn't sure what to expect, but this museum was a wonderful surprise. It is full of unexpected historical artifacts. It's small enough to get through in a couple of hours. And, if you have time go for a ride on the old merry-go-round!

Thank Patrice A
Reviewed 10 July 2018

As members we find new places to explore on each visit. The planetarium, rotating exhibits and permanent pieces are all interesting and entertaining. Parking is not an issue and your close to all downtown GR has to offer.

Thank coreyp578
Reviewed 5 July 2018

First of all I love the location and views of the river from this place. There are numerous exhibits here and usually many of them have an interactive component. Between the fun carousel and three floors covering a variety of interests it seems everyone could...More

Thank Gail P
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Christina T
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Response from Sara K | Reviewed this property |
There are many great places to eat. I’ve never eaten at the museum but depending what you are looking for... there are tons of options downtown, walking distance, or you can always Lyft!
16 November 2015|
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Response from GRPublicMuseum | Property representative |
Yes we will. The front desk is able to scan the tickets off your phone at our front desk.
10 November 2015|
Response from GRPublicMuseum | Property representative |
The Grand Rapids Public Museum has a parking ramp directly across from the Museum on Front Street. The parking ramp is run by the city and is $1.00 per hour of parking, with a $5.00 maximum. If you are looking for handicap... More