GRPM and GRAM Partner for Reciprocal Membership Benefits

This August the Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) is partnering with the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) to offer reciprocal membership benefits.

Through this partnership, GRPM members can visit GRAM during the month of August and receive free general admission and discounts in the Grand Rapids Art Museum’s store. GRAM members can in return visit the GRPM and receive free general admission, free planetarium shows, free carousel rides and free admission to the special exhibit Mindbender Mansion!

As an added benefit GRAM members receive member pricing to the Grand Rapids Maker Faire, hosted by the GRPM, taking place August 19 and 20. Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to scientists to artists and crafters, Maker Faire is a venue showcasing inventions, creations and more.  

“It’s a great time to be a member of the GRPM!” said Kate Moore, VP of Marketing and PR for the Grand Rapids Public Museum. “We are thankful to the art museum for their partnership, making it possible for us to offer even more to the community.”

“GRAM’s proud to partner with the Grand Rapids Public Museum for the third year in a row,” commented Juliana Nahas-Viilo, Membership Manager of the Grand Rapids Art Museum. “The Grand Rapids Public Museum is one of the many outstanding cultural institutions in our city, and we are excited to offer this reciprocal benefit to our members.”

For more information on the reciprocal membership benefits or to become a member of the GRPM, please visit grpm.org/membership.

August Events at GRPM

Grand Rapids Maker Faire

Part science fair, part county fair and part something entirely new, Maker Faire gathers all-ages to learn and teach about new ideas and collaborations! Interactive stations and inventions are showcased by tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, students and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned. Visitors to this year’s Grand Rapids Maker Faire can expect to see and interact with more than 100 maker booths.

Join the family-friendly celebration of tech enthusiasts, crafters, hobbyists, engineers, artists and commercial exhibitors. Visitors enjoy hands-on activities like driving robots, being a part of an iron pour, testing renewable energy sources, seeing 3D printing and more!

The Faire is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 19 and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, August 20. More information and tickets available at GrandRapids.MakerFaire.com.

Eclipse Party

The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) hosts a special Eclipse Day Party, August 21 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to celebrate the total eclipse that spans the continental United States. The Eclipse Day includes hands-on solar related activity booths, multiple shows on the half hour of “Eclipses and Phases of the Moon” in the Chaffee Planetarium and a live stream of the total eclipse will be shown in the Meijer Theater.

Activities as part of the Eclipse Party are included with general admission to the Museum. GRAM and GRPM members are free for this event. Activities take place outside, weather permitting. Visitors attending the Grand Rapids Maker Faire on August 19 and 20, receive free admission to the Eclipse Day Party by wearing their event wristband! Visit grpm.org for more information.

About the Museums

Grand Rapids Art Museum

Connecting people through art, creativity, and design. Established in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, the Art Museum is internationally known for its distinguished design and LEED® Gold certified status. Established in 1910 as the Grand Rapids Art Association, GRAM has grown to include more than 5,000 works of art, including American and European 19th and 20th century painting and sculpture and more than 3,000 works on paper. Embracing the city’s legacy as a leading center of design and manufacturing, GRAM has a growing collection in the area of design and modern craft. For hours and admission fees, visit artmuseumgr.org or call 616.831.1000.

Grand Rapids Public Museum

The Grand Rapids Public Museum, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is located in downtown Grand Rapids, MI at 272 Pearl Street, NW. The mission of the museum is to be a living monument of artifacts, ideas and stories told through exhibitions, events and educational programming designed to inspire, motivate and celebrate our human bond. We enrich the life of our community through experiences of the wider world in a uniquely Grand Rapids context. For additional information including hours of operation, admission fees and exhibit/event listings, please visit grpm.org.

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