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The GRPM boasts one of Michigan’s largest collections of historical and cultural artifacts and scientific specimens that tell the stories of West Michigan and the wider world. With the size of the GRPM Collections, only approximately 5% can be on display for the public at a time, and approximately 95% are stored at the Community Archives and Research Center. You can view many of these objects on the GRPM’s online database. More are added every day.





The GRPM strives to make its Collections as accessible as possible to all. GRPM curators work with researchers from all over the world assisting with queries related to history, science and culture.


The GRPM’s Collections are always growing. If you have items that you think the Museum might be interested in, contact us and learn how to donate items to the Museum and help preserve the community’s history.

Community Archives and Research Center

The Community Archives and Research Center is a research and storage facility which houses the Collections of the Grand Rapids Public Museum as well as the Grand Rapids City Archives and Record Center and many Kent County records. The CARC is located at 223 Washington Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503