Grand Rapids Public Museum
The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) is a place of inspiration and discovery, with a focus on culture, history and science. The Museum presents exhibitions, events and educational programming designed to enrich the life of our community and provide a deeper understanding of the world around us. The GRPM began in 1854 as a part of Grand Rapids Public Schools, and was part of the City of Grand Rapids municipal government for more than a century. As the oldest and the second largest cultural institution in the state of Michigan, the GRPM preserves more than a quarter of a million historical artifacts and specimens in its permanent Collections, and was the first public museum to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, a significant status that it maintains today. The Museum uses its extensive Collections to enhance learning experiences in engaging hands-on ways. For more than 163 years, the GRPM and its affiliated sites tell the always-evolving story of the world, through our region and our people.