Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Destination of the Day: Public Museum of Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids, MI

Destination 3 in the series "Public Offering"

Of all the museums highlighted this week, the Grand Rapids Public Museum is by far the most aggressive in its exhibits, special exhibits, and programming.  If you are a museum director for a mid-sized city looking for inspiration, this is the one to visit.  It might also help that Grand Rapids has a handful of very generous families who have the means to donate and support institutions like the Public Museum.  Permanent exhibits include "Anishinabek: The People of This Place", "Habitats", "Streets of Old Grand Rapids" (much nicer than the Streets of Old Detroit), and "The Furniture City".  The system also includes the Norton Mounds (not open to the public yet), Voigt House, and the Veen Observatory.  Currently the museum is hosting 'Bodies Revealed".  For the CTer, the downtown location includes off-street parking, walking distance from a number of hotels, and two other sizable museums (Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and Grand Rapids Art Museum) nearby.

Monday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday-Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Public Museum of Grand Rapids
272 Pearl Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
(616) 929-1700
(616) 456-3977

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