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Grand Rapids Public Museum Announces New Exhibits for Spring and Summer 2017

The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) announced today the next two exhibits as part of the lineup for 2017 that are sure to entertain, educate and intrigue visitors. Opening Saturday, March 11, Creatures of Light explores the extraordinary organisms that produce light. Opening on Saturday, May 27, Mindbender Mansion invites visitors to enter an eclectic place full of puzzles, brainteaser and interactive challenges.

In Creatures of Light visitors will move through a series of luminous environments, from the familiar mushrooms on land to the extreme in the deepest parts of the ocean, to explore the diversity of organisms that glow and how they do it. Visitors will discover the ways in which light is used to attract a mate, lure unsuspecting prey and defend against a predator, and to learn how, where and why scientists study this amazing natural phenomenon.

In Mindbender Mansion, families will enjoy exercising their minds as they try to master each of the 40 individual brain teasers and the five group activities in this fun and unconventional new exhibit. Visitors to Mindbender Mansion will be greeted by the wacky Mr. E., master brainteaser and puzzler extraordinaire to explain the mysteries of Mindbender Mansion, then will set out to gather hidden clues and secret passwords. Upon completing each of the select brainteasers and group challenges, visitors will see if they gathered the necessary clues and passwords to become a member of the Mindbender Society and add their portrait to the “Wall of Fame.”

“The Museum is excited to bring in these two new, innovative exhibits that encourage our visitors to explore more about the world around us, as well as test knowledge and skills in puzzle solving,” said Dale Robertson, President & CEO of the Grand Rapids Public Museum. “Creatures of Lightreveals some of the most magical, wondrous, and truly extraordinary creatures and phenomena to be found in the natural world, and Mindbender Mansion is a family friendly way to learn and adapt constructive thinking skills.”

Admission to Creatures of Light will be included with general admission to the Museum, and FREE to Museum members. Creatures of Light will be located on the Museum’s second floor and run from March 11, 2017 to July 9, 2017.

Admission to Mindbender Mansion will be $10 for adults, $5 for children, $7 for Kent County resident adults and $2 for Kent County resident children, and FREE for Museum members. Mindbender Mansion will be located on the Museum’s third floor in the Lacks exhibit hall and run fromMay 27, 2017 to August 6, 2017.