Get Your Exploration On at The Grand Rapids Public Museum
GRPM is Great Escape From the Heat of Summer
If you have never been to the Grand Rapids Public Museum, you really should add it to your summer bucket list.
(And if you have not made a summer bucket list, you really should! This has been a fun tradition for our family the last several years.)
Anywho, back to the museum. Don’t let the word “museum” fool you; this is not some stuffy and boring place full of ancient artifacts. While you can indeed learn a lot while visiting, this place is loaded with fun interactive exhibits, too. We can easily spend 3 or 4 hours exploring this place.
Earth Explorers Invites You Into the World of National Geographic
Running Through September 4
My family checked out the new Earth Explorers exhibit as a “school’s out for summer” outing. My son is 12 and my daughter is 9 and both of them enjoyed it equally.
My mother and I, ages 68 and 39 respectively, also thought it was pretty awesome!
As soon as I saw that it is a National Geographic exhibit, I knew it would be good. And there is no extra cost for this exhibit– bonus!
Earth Explorers brings the world of National Geographic to life, teaching visitors about “the daring men and women who venture into dangerous and remote parts of the world to discover new places, help protect our planet’s biodiversity and unearth new scientific discoveries.”
There is a great mix of informational displays, short video encounters, and hands-on experiences.
You can learn about animal migration, Antarctica, the rain forests, and how they study animals all around the world.
This hot air balloon simulator was pretty cool. NG Explorers use it to get footage of animals because it is so quiet. You can get in there and it actually feels like you are moving!
Exploration App + Scavenger Hunt = PRIZES
There is an Earth Explorers app you can download that brings some of the animals in the exhibit to life in 3D.
There is also a “digital scavenger hunt” available- my family had an absolute blast doing this.
There are about 30 different missions that involve finding certain things in the museum, answering questions, or taking pictures. There are even prizes available. (Not to brag, but… the Randall Clan was in 1st place for the day at the time of this article!) It was a whole new element of fun that, again, was great for everyone in our crew.
According to GRPM, Prizes include gift cards from local restaurants and retail outlets, such as Black Heron Kitchen and Bar, free bike tune-ups at Switchback Gear Exchange, free GRPM family four packs including admission, planetarium and carousel ride tickets and more! One visitor who participates in the GRPM Explorers program will become the Grand Prize Winner! More information can be found here.
More Info on Grand Rapids Public Museum
Grand Rapids Public Museum is open
- Monday/ Wednesday/ Thursday/ Friday/ Saturday 9:00-5:00
- Tuesday 9:00- 8:00
- Sunday 12:00-5:00.
Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $3 for children 3-17, and free for children 2 and under. A family membership is just $65 and includes free admission to the museum, planetarium, and carousel rides in addition to free parking and reciprocal admission to hundreds of other museums throughout the country.
There are great reciprocal benefits with other Grand Rapids museums throughout the year. With The Grand Rapids Culture Pass (culturepassgr.com), you can get half off one adult admission.