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101 Monroe Center St NW

Price & Hours

$10 for adults; $6 for youths 6-17; free for children 5 and younger
Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Thurs 10 a.m.-9 p.m. | Sun noon-5 p.m.

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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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  • 3.5Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Culture hounds will want to plan a visit to the Grand Rapids Art Museum, which showcases a permanent collection of more than 6,000 objects representing everything from the Renaissance to modern art, with a special focus on 19th- and 20th-century European and American art. In addition to its permanent collection, the museum hosts a variety of temporary exhibitions and a Michigan Artist Series that features artists and designers from the state.

Past visitors said a stop here is a pleasant way to spend a few hours in downtown Grand Rapids. Art aficionados appreciated the strength of the museum's modern and contemporary collections. Others wished there was a cafe on-site.

The Grand Rapids Art Museum is located in downtown Grand Rapids. You can get to the museum by car, on foot or via the free DASH bus. Admission costs $10 for adults and $6 for youths ages 6 to 17; admission is free for children 5 and younger. Discounts are available for seniors and students. All visitors can enjoy free admission every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday evenings from 5 to 9 p.m. If you purchased a Culture Pass GR, your museum admission is covered. The museum welcomes visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. On Thursdays, it's open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sundays it's open from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit the museum's official website.

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