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90. Van Andel Museum Center

March 31, 2011

There is so much to see and do at the Van Andel Museum Center I should really have each item listed as Thing to Do In West Michigan. For now we will list the entire center as a Thing and things it has. With the museum center located in downtown Grand Rapids on the river front, there is so much to do in walking distance to the Museum.

If its a nice day I suggest bring your lunch and have a picnic along the river and watch the fishermen. Short walk west on the other side of GVSU Adobe has great burritos or walk across the river to GP Sports in the Amway Grand or Bullshead for some great lunches. There also plenty of sub, hot dogs, pizza shops surrounding Rosa Park Circle as well. Lunch and the Museum make a great family outing.

Opened on the downtown waterfront in 1994, Van Andel Museum Center houses the main offices, exhibitions, and program facilities of the Grand Rapids Public Museum.  Its three-story galleria features impressive views of the downtown skyline, and serves as a unique community gathering space.  The complex also includes the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium, Meijer Theater, Cook Carousel Pavilion, a cafe, gift shop, and public parking ramp.

Van Andel Museum Center
272 Pearl Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Monday 9-5
Tuesday 9-8
Wednesday-Saturday 9-5
Sunday 12-5

For more information on the Museum and admission prices please visit:

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 1, 2011 9:15 am

    I went to the “Bodies Revealed” exhibit at the Grand Rapids Public Museum…NOT impressed. Far too much money for very little…a really, really small exhibit. FYI – the guy who looks like he’s in the blocks to start a sprint…the one that’s on ALL the billboards hyping this thing: he’s not there…ygh. It’s really expensive to take 2 adults and 3 kids to the museum + the exhibit up-charge. Lame.

    • August 1, 2011 9:53 am

      I have not seen this exhibit at the Van Andel, I saw it in Chicago at the Museum of Science and Industry. When I saw it a few years back it was large and had the guy in the billboard. Too bad to hear it was lame.

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