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Spend Spring Break at the Grand Rapids Public Museum

Spend this Spring Break at the Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) to enjoy intriguing exhibits, planetarium shows and hands-on activities! From March 29 through April 7, come face to face with dinosaurs in Expedition: Dinosaur, rekindle and create memories in the TOYS! exhibit, see spectacular planetarium shows and create with special spring break only activities!

This year, the GRPM invites families to enjoy special Spring Break activities for even longer, with the Museum will be open late until 7 p.m. April 1 through April 6.

Spring Break activities will be dinosaur and toys inspired make and take crafts including making your own dinosaur, sock monkey headbands, dinosaur fossils and more. Join the GRPM on Saturday, March 30 and Saturday, April 6 for a special dinosaur science in the Saturday Curiosity Labs. Play over-sized games including Chess and Connect Four.

The Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium will be adding additional shows and show times special for Spring Break. See stunning shows daily on the hour from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 1 through 6, including From Earth to the Universe and Dark Side: The Light Show. Visit grpm.org/planetarium for a complete list of shows, times and tickets.

Spring Break activities and the TOYS! exhibit are included with general admission to the Museum. Expedition: Dinosaur and planetarium shows are available for an additional charge, with discounts for Museum members. Visitors can purchase tickets at grpm.org before their visit to skip the lines. Kent County residents receive reduced admission to the GRPM thanks to the passing of the November 2016 millage, including free general admission for Kent County children 17 and under! Kent County adults and seniors receive reduced pricing.

Purchase a membership for spring break and skip the line with a members-only check in! Memberships are only $65 for a family per year and include 2 adults and all children 17 and under. Member receive free general admission, free planetarium shows, free carousel rides, discounted admission to special exhibits and more!

For more information on Spring Break activities including planetarium shows and for tickets visit grpm.org.

Expedition: Dinosaur

Explores the fascinating world of dinosaurs and the hunt for their fossils! Come face to face with life-sized and lifelike animatronic dinosaurs. Visitors learn about modern imaging techniques like high-energy neutron beams that reveal the inside of a T. Rex skull in microscopic detail never seen before. The exhibit includes a number of hands-on interactives that explain dinosaur movement, digestion, and evolution, and show the life and methods of dinosaur hunters from the 1800s to today.

TOYS!

TOYS! is an interactive, multi-generation exhibition of toys and games to rekindle childhood memories and spark the creation of new ones. This GRPM original exhibit features toys and games from the Museum’s Collections and on loan from the community, allowing visitors to imagine, compete and create, while taking going on a journey of toys through generations. The exhibit even features a working 1980s arcade!

NEW UPGRADE – Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium

The GRPM’s Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium just got an upgrade to the latest Digistar technology! The Planetarium now boasts Digistar 6 technologies featuring the latest in resolution quality, content features and immersive surround sound for an out of this world experience. This is the newest upgrade since March of 2014 after a major renovation that included new technology, sound system, full dome and seating.

The Planetarium is named for Grand Rapids native, Roger B. Chaffee, who died with fellow Apollo 1 astronauts Gus Grissom and Ed White during a pre-launch test in 1967. The Planetarium was originally opened in 1994 and has gone through renovations to provide the best experience for Planetarium visitors. 

Grand Rapids Public Museum

The Grand Rapids Public Museum is an invaluable, publicly-owned institution that is home to more than 250,000 unique artifacts that tell the history of Kent County and beyond, houses the only planetarium in the region, and is responsible for protecting The Mounds, a national historic landmark. The Grand Rapids Public Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, with its main location in downtown Grand Rapids, MI at 272 Pearl Street, NW. For additional information including hours of operation, admission fees and exhibit/event listings, please visit www.grpm.org.