School Visits

Planning a visit for your classroom

We offer self-guided and guided programming for any classroom visit. Including:

Work with us to build your ideal Museum visit including tours, planetarium shows and a ride on the carousel!

 

 


 Grand Rapids Public Museum Main Facility

For groups of 20 or more.

Kent County Schools student general admission FREE with reservation
Student general admission $3.00 per person
Carousel ride $1.00 per person
60 minute guided education programs $3.00 per person
90 minute guided education programs $4.00 per person
Planetarium show additional fee $4.00 per person
Planetarium-only visit $5.00 per person
Custom Museum staff lecture/tour fee $75.00
Hourly fee for Museum staff development of custom program $30.00
  • Special exhibition and program fees will be charged at regular rates in addition to student discount general admission fees.
  • Receive one complimentary adult chaperone with every 5 paid students.
  • Group visit balance must be paid in full on the day of your visit.
  • Memberships are not applicable for group booking discounts.

 

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Guided Education Programs

Guided education programs are delivered by the Museum’s dedicated volunteer and staff educators. Programs provide learners opportunities to explore culture, history and science through tours, hands-on activities, and guided exploration.

 

60 Minute Programs

 

90 Minute Programs

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Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium

Visit the GRPM’s Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium for an out of this world experience! The planetarium has a variety of shows to choose from to learn all about space, science, art and more, or just enjoy an entertaining show! Shows are approximately 45 minutes each, and are $4 per person.

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Museum Self Guided Programs

 

Self-guided programs are provided at no cost to visiting groups and allow learners to explore the Museum at their own pace. Combine a self-guided tour with one of our educational programs or planetarium shows for a fulfilling and educational experience.


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Preschool Programming

 

Our preschool literacy enhancement program is designed to help preschool aged children expand their language and emergent reading skills. This ninety-minute program is a balance of child and content-centered literacy activities developed around the Museum’s Collecting A to Z exhibit. Thematic exploration centers provide an integrated approach to learning. Museum touch-it boxes, music and movement and open-ended art projects foster a child’s love of language and reading.

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Post-Secondary Education Programs

Work with our professional curators and educators to design a customized experience for your post-secondary education program.

 

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Community Archives Tours

Over 90% of the Museum’s  250,000 artifacts and specimens are housed at the Community Archives and Resource Center located at 223 Washington St SE.  Schedule a tour with our volunteer educators to explore the vast Collections.

 

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Collaborations

The GRPM encourages mutually beneficial collaborative projects with academic faculty and student classes.  To discuss your ideas or present a proposal for collaboration, please contact Mike Posthumus, VP of Education.