Grand Rapids Public Museum deploys holiday exhibits
The Grand Rapids Public Museum will feature new exhibits for the holiday season.
They include the historic Lego exhibit, the Herpolsheimer’s Child Passenger Train exhibit, the Under the Arctic exhibit, various treasure hunts throughout the museum, as well as holiday decor, three floors of basic exhibits, and the Wild Connections Made with Lego Bricks exhibition by Sean Kenney.
The historic Lego Display features working streetcars, replicas of downtown Grand Rapids buildings as they were in the 1920s, including the McKay Building before it became the McKay Tower and a new addition in 2020 to the town hall building.
The display of the Herpolsheimer children’s passenger train reflects the monorail train that debuted as “Santa’s Rocket Express” when the Herpolsheimer department store opened in 1949 at the corner of Fulton Street and Division Avenue in downtown Grand Rapids.
Treasure hunts include the search for 15 historic Santas from around the world, 12 fancy elves, and red glasses on a variety of artifacts and specimens in the museum. Participants can scan the QR code in the museum gallery to participate in the Santa and Elf hunts and search for red glasses.
The Under the Arctic exhibit is a collaboration between the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks that transports visitors to the Arctic using the views and the smells of the country’s only permafrost research tunnel. Visitors will step into the boots of climate scientists to explore real Ice Age fossils, ancient ice cores, and the technical challenges of melting permafrost.
Sean Kenney’s Wild Connections Made with Lego Bricks explores the relationships between humans, plants and animals through sculptures made with over two million Lego bricks. There is also a treasure hunt to find animals in the exhibit. Participants can begin their hunt by scanning one of the QR codes located throughout the exhibit.
Visitors can purchase a GRPM subscription or a digital gift card for the holiday season. Membership earns discounted tickets to virtual programs, the GRPM’s Curiosity Store – in-store and online – Museum Cafe and more. Memberships can be purchased at grpm.org/membership.
Digital Gift Cards can be used to purchase admission tickets, traveling exhibits, and Museum Cafe and Curiosity Shop purchases during a visit. Digital gift cards are available in various quantities and can be purchased online.
Advance ticket purchase is required to visit the GRPM, and tickets for General Admission and Wild Connections can be purchased at grpm.org. There is a small supplement for the Wild Connections exhibit. Masks are compulsory for the duration of museum visits.
General admission for Kent County adults is $ 5 and free for Kent County children 17 and under.