I-196 closures going on now. Find alternate routes under Directions below.

 

Hours

Monday – Friday9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Please note that on some Fridays and Saturdays the Museum often has set up in its main galleria space for evening events beginning at 3 p.m.

CLOSED: New Years Day, Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving & Christmas Day


We are located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, on the west bank of the Grand River.

Grand Rapids Public Museum
272 Pearl Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Directions

From US 131, take exit 85B, Pearl Street. The museum is one block east at the corner of Pearl & Front Street.

From I-196, take exit 77C (Ottawa Ave/Downtown) proceed south to Pearl St. and turn right. The museum is located across the bridge on the left side.

Adjustments needed for your route to the Museum this summer. April 1 – August 30, Westbound I-196 will be closed over the Grand River near US-131. During this time those traveling on WB I-196 will not be able to get to US-131 with only one lane open to access Fuller Ave., College Ave. and the Ottawa Ave./Downtown exit.

Alternate routes to downtown Grand Rapids:
Those traveling by WB I-96 should use M-6 to Northbound US-131.
Those traveling WB entering I-96 after M-6 should continue on I-96 to Southbound US-131 into downtown.

Bus

The GRPM is part of the New DASH Stops!

The DASH (Downtown Area Shuttle) offers downtown visitors and workers a great way to get around downtown with late hours, weekend rides and convenient routes all for free. Pickups are scheduled to take place every eight minutes during operational hours at multiple stops along two DASH routes: DASH West and DASH North. All routes are free and do not require a ticket or pass.

Parking

Covered parking is available in a ramp located off Front St., just south of the Museum’s main entrance. $10 max fee. Handicap parking is available under the Museum’s overhang, with additional handicap parking in the ramp. Museum members receive validated parking in the Museum’s parking ramp. 


Additional parking is available through the City of Grand Rapids parking garages and lots.

KENT COUNTY RESIDENTS: Parking in the Museum’s ramp is now FREE with paid admission to the Museum. Bring your yellow parking ticket into the front desk and when you purchase your discounted admission, we will validate your parking. State issued ID required.

Accessibility

The Museum is accessible for all visitors. The Museum includes an elevator allowing guests to access all floors of the facility. Wheelchairs are available, free of charge, from the front desk on a first come, first serve basis.

NEW – The Quiet Room

The GRPM recently created The Quiet Room as a family friendly, low sensory space for anyone who needs a private area to be away from crowds. This space is a great resource for breastfeeding mothers, individuals or families with special sensory needs, those in need of an adult changing area and more. During your visit, ask any GRPM staff member if you need to use The Quiet Room.

Museum Photo Policy

Museum visitors may take personal photographs or video for private/noncommercial use throughout most areas of the Museum.

Personal photography or video is not allowed:

  • In some special exhibitions, areas designated as “No Photography,” or of works of art on loan from private collections or other institutions
  • If interfering with other guests’ museum experience (No lamps, cords, flashes, tripods, professional cameras or recording equipment).
  • Photographs taken for personal use may not be published, sold, reproduced, transferred, or otherwise commercially exploited in any manner.  The Grand Rapids Public Museum reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to withhold and/or withdraw permission to photograph on its premises.  

For requests for media/promotional photography/filming contact Christie Bender in our Marketing Department at cbender@grpm.org

For information and rates for commercial photography or filming, please contact the Hospitality Department at hospitality@grpm.org

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