Grand Rapids Public Museum

Mariano Avila / WGVU

Did you point your telescope at the sun in time to catch Mercury making its 12-year pass on Monday? If so, hopefully you had a sun filter. Some folks got a free chance to look at it right from the streets of downtown.  

“And when you look through there you will see the disk of the sun and Mercury, right now, is currently in the lower-left-hand portion of the disk, it’s a tiny, little, black dot.”

Mariano Avila / WGVU

 The Grand Rapids Public Museum is hosting an exhibit on the contemporary stories of Native Americans in Grand Rapids. With WGVU’s Mutually Inclusive, Mariano Avila has the story.

If I say Native American museum exhibit, you might not immediately think of iPhone cases and tuition legislation. But at the Grand Rapids Public Museum’s “Walking Beyond Our Ancestor’s Footsteps” exhibit, you’d see that and more.  

“Our history from a contemporary perspective starting with the 50s, 60s, and 70s with the Native American Relocation Act, and how we ended in a more urban setting.”

The Robot Zoo

Mar 17, 2016

The Grand Rapids Public Museum offers a special Opening party for the exhibit The Robot Zoo. Marketing Manager Christie Bender join us to talk about the details.

From the book Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, Daniel Okrent, and director, Ken Burns, created the PBS documentary series, Prohibition. It served as the launch pad for the national touring exhibition American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition created by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

The lead-up to the Prohibition Era begins with the Temperance Movement in the late 1820’s, a century before the 18th Amendment makes it law.

Hilary Farrell

The former site of the Grand Rapids museum gets new life, while keeping its original purpose of public education. 

Grand Rapids Public School district and city officials formally signed documents this week transferring the building at 54 Jefferson Ave. to district property as a new site for Museum School students. 

GRPS board member and pastor Nathaniel Moody was one of many who shared childhood experiences at the then-museum - and positive hopes for the building’s future.