Current Exhibits

Grand Fish, Grand River

Featuring two live Lake Sturgeon!​

1928 Spillman Carousel

Take a spin on our vividly painted antique Spillman Carousel which operates in the Cook Carousel Pavilion off the first floor Galleria.

1928 Mighty Wurlitzer Organ

The Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organs were the most famous musical instrument built by Wurlitzer. This organ resided at the Roaring 20’s Pizza Parlor on 28th Street in Grand Rapids, before it was moved to its current location at the Museum, where visitors can still hear its melodies.

Anishinabek: The People of This Place

Here is the story of the Anishinabek – “the people” – in their own voices, with rare and fascinating objects, photographs and documents handed down through their families.

West Michigan Habitats

A large, meandering exhibit that transports young and old alike through the natural environments of West Michigan.

Newcomers: The People of This Place

More than 45 ethnic groups now call West Michigan their home. Here you can learn about their personal stories, work, play, families, religion, prejudices, cultural traditions and more.

Streets of Old Grand Rapids

3/4 scaled of 1890s Grand Rapids 

Collecting A-Z

Some are exquisitely beautiful, while some are quite rare, some are precious, historical and even bizarre. Follow the letters throughout our Museum.

Egypt: Be Curious

The Museum has been collecting for almost 160 years and prides itself on being the community’s institution of collective memory.

Future Exhibits

Grand Rapids Maker Faire

August 24 & 25, 2019

Bodies Revealed 

Opening November 16, 2019

Past Exhibits