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The Museum hosts several annual fundraising events to benefit the work of the Grand Rapids Public Museum. 


This luncheon brings individuals together to explore how the Museum brings interactive and engaging programming alive to tell the stories of West Michigan and the impact that the Grand Rapids Public Museum is making on the community.

Collections & Cocktails

Explore and celebrate the Museum’s vast Collections with this event. Each year, a new area of the Collections is highlighted, sharing the stories of pieces that have shaped the Grand Rapids community and raising funds for preservation projects. Guests enjoy cocktails, engage with artifacts otherwise not available to the public, and explore the exhibits of the GRPM.

Legacy Awards

The Museum’s largest fundraiser, The Jay & Betty Van Andel Legacy Awards Gala, honors outstanding leaders throughout West Michigan who have inspired others with their personal and professional investments in the Grand Rapids and West Michigan communities past, present, and future.

Schedule Update

The 11 a.m. Planetarium Show, One World, One Sky, will not be available on Saturday, December 2,  due to a special event. Regularly scheduled programming will resume on Sunday, December 3.