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.
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
Anishinabek: The People of This Place
Grand Rapids Then & Now
Investigate Artifacts: Grand River Watershed
Life Along the O-Wash-Ta-Nong
Newcomers: People of This Place
River of Time
West Michigan Habitats
90 Minute Programs
Discover: Grand River Watershed Decision Making
Through the Eyes of a Fur Trader
Discover: Watershed Health (assessment data)
Discover: What’s in your Watershed?
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.
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.
Collecting A to Z Scavenger Hunt
Story Time with the Mighty Wurlitzer
Exhibition Interpretation in the Streets of Old Grand Rapids
Additional Teacher Resources
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.
Post-Secondary Education Programs
Work with our professional curators and educators to design a customized experience for your post-secondary education program.
Community Archives Tour
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.
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.