New Millage Means New Savings for Residents

Exciting news Kent County residents…some of our favorite Grand Rapids museums will now cost less to visit!


Grand Rapids Public Museum

As a result of the voter approved millage last fall, Kent County residents now receive reduced admission to the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Adults will pay just $5, seniors $3, and children (age 17 and under) will enter for FREE!

Simply present your government issued ID showing your Kent County residence at the ticket counter and you’re golden. Be sure to have your parking ticket in hand, as paid visitors now also receive free parking validation.  How great is that?

The GRPM and John Ball Zoo will also continue to work together to offer additional events throughout the year. This will include a reciprocal membership exchange in October, that will allow GRPM members to visit the Zoo and Zoo members to visit the GRPM, for free.

The millage has also allowed the museum to form a new partnership with Urban Roots, a Grand Rapids non-profit, dedicated to connecting people to the soil and the table. The two groups will co-create an urban garden space geared at presenting the entire soil to table process to visitors.

Grand Rapids Public Museum

Fun for the Adults at GRPM

The fun doesn’t stop there! With the help of the millage, the GRPM is able to offer a variety of new and expanded programs; two targeted toward adults. “Concerts Under the Stars,” a series presented by the Museum’s Chaffee Planetarium, features live local music and amazing video graphics. Refreshments, beer and other beverages are available at the shows, making for a relaxing night without the kids. In addition, and in true Beer City spirit, the GRPM has also expanded its Beer Explorers program. This expansion includes a partnership with Founders Brewing and will feature additional collaborations with other local favorites like Brewery Vivant.

Grand Rapids Public Museum Planetarium


Grand Rapids Children’s Museum

More exciting news! The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum announced last week that they have joined Museums for All, a program that will enable low-income families to visit the GRCM for just $1.75 per person!

To qualify, visitors must bring along an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, such as Michigan’s Bridge Card or WIC card, and a photo ID. The discounted rate can be applied to up to four guests and is available during any of GRCM’s general operating hours.


Don’t have a EBT? Join the Children’s Museum for Family Night on Thursdays from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, and receive $1.75 admission for all!

Grand Rapids Art Museum

Through Meijer’s generous support, the Grand Rapids Art Museum also offers free admission every Tuesday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and every Thursday from 5:00 to 9:00 PM. As a bonus, there are often free drop-in tours offered on these days, like the Baby & Me Tour, where strollers are permitted, baby-wearing is encouraged and cries are welcome.



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