Last updated: 1/25/2011
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Street Address
272 Pearl St., N.W.
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Mailing Address
272 Pearl St., N.W.
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
phone: 616-929-1700
fax: 616-929-1780
e-mail: ldaymon@grmuseum.org
web: www.grmuseum.org
Hours
Museum Hours
The Public Museum is located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, on the west bank of the Grand River at Pearl Street and is easily accessed from the major highways that travel through the city.
Monday, Wednesday - Saturday9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday9 AM - 8 PM
Sunday12 PM - 5 PM
Admissions
General Admission Members FREE Child (0 - 2) FREE Child (3 - 17) $3 Adult $8 Senior (62+) FREE Carousel Ride Members - Members receive 4 free passes, normal rates apply after passes are used Child (0 - 2) $1 Child (3 - 17) $1 Adult $1 Senior 62+ $1
Staff
Dale Robertson, President and CEO
Leslie Daymon, Executive Assistant to the President
Mission

The Grand Rapids Public Museum's Mission Statement The Public Museum will play vital leadership and servant roles in enhancing the lives of those in our communities. More specifically: •As a convener and facilitator, we will partner with and bring institutions and individuals together in the pursuit of insight and understanding, •As a collector, we will preserve the treasures of the past and present -- to be used for teaching the lessons for the future, •As a motivator, we will inspire discovery learning, and •As a resource, we will provide life-long learning, in part as an extension of our communities' formal educational systems.

History

The Public Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan was founded by a group of civic leaders in 1854 as the Grand Rapids Lyceum of Natural History and in 1868 merged with the Grand Rapids Scientific Club to form the Kent Scientific Institute and Museum. Over the next century, the Museum established itself as a premier educational institution in the area, and continues in to fulfill this role for West Michigan today. A portion of the current Habitats exhibit on the Van Andel Museum Center’s third floor is dedicated to a recreation of the early days of the Museum, and illustrates the changing attitudes about collections-based education and interpretation. The Public Museum carries the distinction of being the first museum ever to be accredited by the American Association of Museums in 1971 and has continued to earn that accreditation in every review since.

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