Grand Rapids Public Museum Offers Field Trips for Kids

The Grand Rapids Public Museum is a place of never-ending inspiration and discovery! Learners will explore culture, history and science through tours, hands-on activities, and guided exploration.

Visitors will have the opportunity to see and touch so much of Grand Rapids history, with added in-depth programming.


The Grand Rapids Public Museum provides school groups with the opportunity to explore three floors of exhibits and artifacts related to science, history and culture, all with a unique Grand Rapids tie! Classrooms are able to explore the GRPM on their own or book a guided tour through our exhibits. Groups can also visit the Chaffee Planetarium for a show to learn about space and science, and ride the antique Spillman Carousel.

The Streets of Old Grand Rapids exhibit is a favorite, as it transports classrooms to the 19th century and what it was like to walk through downtown Grand Rapids. Each storefront has been recreated, and volunteers open four shop fronts for an immersive peek inside what it was like to work and visit local stores in the 1890s.

West Michigan Habitats takes classes through the animals and their environments throughout West Michigan, from the dense forests to swamps, sand dunes, the depths of our lakes and then to the snowy outdoors. With lots of hands-on activities, including drawers filled with bugs, the water bubble at 200 times the actual size, a tree house, animal footprints to touch and more, it’s a great area for kids to spend time and learn about the vast number of animals we have around us.

Grand Rapids Public Museum


Learn about the Native American culture of Michigan in the Anishinabek: The People of this Place exhibit. With many direct descendants of the original Ottawa, Potawatomi and Chippewa people still living in the region today, this exhibit tells the story of the Anishinabek – “the people” – in their own voices, with rare and fascinating objects, photographs and documents handed down through their families. On display are hundreds of artifacts representing Native American decorative arts, clothing, weapons and tools.

With 45 ethnic groups in West Michigan, the Newcomers: The People of This Place exhibit showcases how these people have come to call it home.  More than 600 artifacts and images are on display dating from the first French fur traders to the latest influx of refugees escaping wars and others seeking a better standard of living. Each object tells a fascinating story about our newcomers: stories of work, play and families; of religion and prejudice; cultural traditions and more.


The Chaffee Planetarium is a great add-on for field trips offering shows ranging from space, science, entertainment, art documentary and live sky shows to see what is in that evening’s sky. With a complete renovation in 2014, the planetarium offers state-of-the-art technology and immersive surround sound for an unbelievably rich and realistic experience.

Visit the GRPM on Tuesdays for additional free hands-on science activities for kids! Science Tuesdays offer classes a way to explore a monthly changing topic of science with four activity tables to test, experiment and play with the theme.

The Museum also offers guided tours of the Community Archives and Research Center that house 95% of the Museum’s Collections.


Field trips can be booked by visiting the museum’s website and filling out the registration form or by calling group scheduling at 616-929-1734.

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Address: 272 Pearl Street NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504