School Visits

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.

Museum Programming Strands:

  • Discover – This series of diverse, place-based programs emphasize where local examples of history, culture, and science can be found in the Museum and in the city of Grand Rapids.
  • Explore – Otherwise known as Museum 101; these programs will introduce essential museum vocabulary (e.g. exhibit, artifact, specimen, reproduction) while helping students hone their skills to become museum learners for life.
  • Investigate – Hands-on primary source investigations will help students unveil the stories held in the Museum’s artifact and specimen Collections.
  • Look Beyond – Planetarium shows will be accompanied by a related hands-on activity, allowing students to solidify their understanding of the show’s concepts.
  • Think – Students will learn about a variety of STEM and design concepts, utilizing innovative Museum technology and resources such as neuroscience research equipment and electronic prototyping materials.

60 Minute Programs


90 Minute Programs




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.


Post-Secondary Education Programs

Work with our professional curators and educators to design a customized experience for your post-secondary education program.




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 Rob Schuitema, Director of Education.