Mission & Facts


To inspire passionate curiosity and a deeper understanding of the world around us.


We exist to be a living monument of artifacts, ideas and stories told through exhibitions, events and educational programming designed to inspire, motivate and celebrate our human bond. We enrich the life of our community through experiences of the wider world in a uniquely Grand Rapids context.

 Building a Sustainable Future:




Financial Facts




Grand Rapids Public Museum Foundation & Subsidiary Audited Financials 

Grand Rapids Public Museum – 990

Grand Rapids Public Museum Foundation – 990



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GRPM Facts

Oldest and 2nd largest museum in Michigan.

▼ Arguably the broadest and most diverse collection in the state featuring over 250,000 artifacts and specimens.

▼ The newly renovated Chaffee Planetarium is again impressing audiences with state-of-the-art technology and shows.

▼ Partnership Grand Rapids Public Museum School with GRPS, Kendall, GVSU, City of Grand Rapids and Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. that opened in the Fall of 2015.

▼ Recent successful traveling exhibitions include The Discovery of King Tut, American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of ProhibitionDream it, Build it LEGO® exhibit, Dinosaurs Unearthed, Titanic and Bodies Revealed.