Museums Free 4 All opens up doors downtown


The Grand Rapids Public Museum downtown presents the cultural and natural history of the region through three floors of exhibits and special programs. Photo via

Once again, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, Grand Rapids Public Museum and Gerald R. Ford Museum are offering free general admission to children and adults.

On Sunday, April 21, the four museums will open their doors from noon to 5 p.m. to the public for their Museums Free 4 All.

"Museums Free 4 All is another great reason to go out and explore the many cultural experiences Grand Rapids museums offer," said Natalie Thomas, communications coordinator at GRAM.

"Whether guests choose to view the Graphic Design: Now in Production exhibition, The Jansma Print Collection or look into the diverse works of art in GRAM's permanent collection, there is something for everyone at GRAM and the three other participating institutions downtown," Thomas said.

The event is sponsored once again by Amway, and the company plans to have volunteers at each of the four museums.

There will also be an Amway tent set up outdoors at GRAM’s Wege Plaza, providing fun, family friendly activities.

Museum check-ins

This year, guests can receive a "passport" at any of the four museums downtown or at the Amway tent.

Each museum will have a stamp or sticker to mark off a visit to their corresponding institution.

Guests who have certain locations stamped, or all locations stamped, can show their passport to receive prizes in the Amway tent. The prizes will vary based on the number of stickers collected throughout the day.

Getting around

Free trolleys will be running from noon-6 p.m. on Sunday, with a trolley stop near each museum location to help visitors travel with ease between the participating museums.

The Museums Free 4 All prides itself on being a great value for attendees, as well as providing a full day of exposure to the many cultural treasures available in Grand Rapids.

"This event provides a wonderful opportunity for families to come downtown and explore what Grand Rapids has to offer," said Adrienne Brown, public relations & events manager at GRCM. "It's a great way to get even the youngest interested in the cultural and artistic organizations of our city."

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