School Visits

Planning a visit for your classroom

Work with us to build your ideal Museum visit including tours, planetarium shows and a ride on the carousel! We offer self-guided and guided programming for any classroom visit. Including:

 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 $4.00 per person
90 minute guided education programs $5.00 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
  • Payment for group sales is due 2 weeks prior to visit.
  • Group sales will be billed based on the number of students in the class at the time of payment. If the group numbers decrease within that 2 week period or on the day of the visit, the GRPM is not able to issue a refund.
  • If additional students or adults are with the group on the day of the visit, additional tickets will need to be purchased upon arrival.
  • Groups will receive 1 complimentary adult (teacher, school staff, or chaperone) with every 5 paid students.
  • Memberships are not applicable for group booking discounts.
  • Refunds:
    • Please note that a full refund will be given if the visit is cancelled 48 hours prior to the visit.
    • No refund will be given for cancellations within 48 hours of the visit.
    • Exceptions include emergency school closure or snow day.

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For additional questions, call Group Scheduling at 616.929.1734.

 


Crystal Flash is bringing students from rural schools to visit the GRPM for educational programs by underwriting busing costs!

Thanks to a generous grant from Crystal Flash, rural schools who visit the GRPM between now and December 31, 2018 can get up to $250 reimbursed per bus for transportation costs. Reimbursement amounts will depend on distance traveled to the Museum, and must be approved in advance of visiting. To be considered for a busing stipend, reserve your school group today! Must be a rural school to qualify. In order to receive the stipend, schools must book a paid experience, excluding carousel rides.

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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:

  • Explore – These exhibit explorations will help 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.
  • STEAM – Students will learn about a variety of science, technology, engineering, art/design, and math concepts, utilizing innovative Museum technology and resources such as neuroscience research equipment and electronic prototyping materials.
  • 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.
  • Share – Storytelling, empathizing, perspective-taking, and creative writing will push students to engage at a deep level with the experiences of diverse individuals who have lived throughout history.

 

EXPLORE 

 

INVESTIGATE

 

STEAM 

 

DISCOVER 

 

SHARE

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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.

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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.


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Post-Secondary Education Programs

 

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

 

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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.

 

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Collaborations

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 the Education Department at 616.929.1706.