The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) offers great benefits being a member, including the just released 2020 schedule of participating cultural organizations for the local reciprocal membership, and hands-on holiday activities for visitors of all ages.
A GRPM membership is a great way to give the gift of endless exploration that pays for itself in just a single visit. With family memberships starting at only $75, a membership is a unique gift that can be enjoyed all year long. Purchasing a GRPM membership during this holiday season will unlock a variety of benefits, including discounted admission to Bodies Revealed, free admission to experience TOYS! and Design Zone, free parking in the Museum ramp, additional discounts at the Curiosity Shop, advanced and discounted tickets to Museum events, summer camps and more.
GRPM memberships also include free admission to local cultural organizations, allowing members to take full advantage of a variety of learning opportunities. The following cultural institutions will be accessible through the local reciprocal membership, starting in 2020:
- February: Grand Rapids Art Museum
- March: Air Zoo
- June: Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
- July: Gerald R. Ford Museum
- August: Lakeshore Museum Center
- September: John Ball Zoo
- October: Mt. Pleasant Discovery Center
- November: Impression 5 Science Center
In addition, members will also qualify for the ASTC Travel Passport Program, which includes free admission to over 300 of the best Museum and Science Centers throughout the nation. More information can be found on the ASTC Travel Passport Program at grpm.org.
Kicking off the winter season, the GRPM invites visitors of all ages to participate in Snowflake Break to indulge in a variety of hands-on crafts and fun activities. Visitors can create their own make and take paper snowflakes, including themed snowflakes tied to popular movies. In addition, visitors can also decorate wooden ornaments, explore artifacts from the Discovery Cart related to “Holidays Around the World,” and indulge in giant-sized games such as Santa Ring Toss, Ice Fishing and more.
Snowflake Break runs from December 21, 2019 through January 5, 2020. General admission includes hands–on activities for Snowflake Break, special holiday displays and admission to TOYS! and Design Zone. Bodies Revealed is an additional fee. More information can one be found at grpm.org.
During the holiday season, the Chaffee Planetarium will be filled with quality shows, every hour, including the ever popular Let it Snow Planetarium Show. Let it Snow features a new variety of festive classics from Frank Sinatra and Chuck Berry to Burl Ives and Brenda Lee, and includes a stunning multimedia finale by the Trans Siberian Orchestra. The soundtrack is visually enhanced with thematic animation, laser imagery and special effects. Let it Snow will run through January 5, 2020.
The recently released show Habitat Earth, will also play daily. Viewers will dive below the ocean’s surface, beneath the forest floor and journey to new heights to discover the intersection between humans and ecological networks.
Bodies Revealed is back after nearly 10 years, due to the positive feedback received from the community when the exhibit had its debut at the Museum in 2010. Open to people of all ages, the exhibit allows visitors to view the human body in a way that’s normally reserved for medical professionals by observing 10 full-body specimens as well as over 100 organs and partial specimens.
TOYS! is a highly interactive exhibit where visitors of all ages can play while learning about different toy trends through the lens of four distinct generations.
In Design Zone, visitors will discover the secrets behind how video game developers, music producers, roller coaster designers do what they do by exploring the underlying math concepts tied to creative problem solving through fun and interactive games.
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.