This holiday season, visit the GRPM and take part in a variety of family friendly programs and activities themed around history, science and culture, and our special exhibits -
This holiday season, visit the GRPM and take part in a variety of family friendly programs and activities themed around history, science and culture, and our special exhibits – Bodies Revealed, Design Zone & TOYS! Visitors can make their own themed snowflakes and take home ornaments, play a variety of games and more! Snowflake Break is included with general admission to the Museum.
Historic LEGO Display
See historic Grand Rapids like never before, built from LEGOs. The 1925-era display, complete with operating trams will showcase what Grand Rapids looked like during the early 20th century, including a section of the Grand River, the Morton Hotel and the Grand Rapids Community Foundation building – a former brewery.
Visitors to the Museum will be able to view this special holiday LEGO recreation on display in the Streets of Old Grand Rapids exhibition, and included with general admission. Built by the West Michigan LEGO Train Club.
Herpolsheimer’s Child Passenger Train
Visitors to the Museum can enjoy a community favorite on display – the Herpolsheimer’s Child Passenger Train. The Train will be on display from through January 11, 2020 with the Museums holiday décor and displays, and is included with general admission to the Museum.
The Herpolsheimer’s Child Passenger Train is instantly recognizable to any baby-boomer resident of Grand Rapids. They remember riding in the train high above the toy department at the Herpolsheimer’s Department Store, which sat at the corner of Fulton and Division streets in downtown Grand Rapids. The monorail train debuted as “Santa’s Rocket Express” when the new Herpolsheimer’s Department Store opened in in 1949.
Santa and Elf Hunt
Find 15 historic Santas from around the World in Streets of Old Grand Rapids, and 12 elves hidden throughout the 3 floors of the Museum. The Santa & Elf Hunt is included with general admission and can be picked up at the front desk.
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 multi-media finale by the Trans Siberian Orchestra. The soundtrack is visually enhanced with thematic animation, laser imagery and special effects. Planetarium tickets are $4 per person with admission to the Museum, and free to Museum members.