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Experience Grand Rapids

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272 Pearl St NW

Price & Hours

$8 for adults; $3 for kids; free for children 2 and younger
Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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  • 4.0Facilities
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A great place to stop for a local history lesson, the Grand Rapids Public Museum specializes in science, history and culture. Along with a theater, a cafe, a gift shop, a carousel and a planetarium, the museum boasts three floors of exhibits. Among the exhibits is a scaled recreation of 1890s-era Grand Rapids, hands-on activities that teach kids about fish in Lake Michigan and a 5,000-square-foot exhibit that displays Native American decorative arts, clothing, weapons and tools of the Anishinabek.

Past visitors were impressed with the museum, particularly its manageable size. Others praised the gift shop. To make the most of your visit, reviewers suggested avoiding the museum when school groups are there.

General admission to the museum costs $8 for adults and $3 for kids; children 2 and younger can enter for free. There are discounts available for seniors and students. Some exhibits cost extra. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. You'll find the museum located in downtown Grand Rapids, on the west bank of the Grand River. If you don't have your own set of wheels, you can reach the museum via the free DASH bus. For more information, visit the official website.

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