The GRPM is adding a special addition to the exhibit all about the Grand River restoration. Six banners will show and tell you all about the Grand River, including the history of where the rapids went and the future plans for the River!
Admission to Water’s Extreme Journey and Ethnic Heritage Festival is free with general admission to the GRPM.
Museum members can be the first to see the new exhibit at the members only preview on Friday, February 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. Members can RSVP for the member preview at grpm.org/Water.
Water’s Extreme Journey is sponsored by Meijer and Star 105.7.
This exhibit is brought to you by the citizens of Kent County and the voter approved millage.
ETHNIC HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Ethnic Heritage Festival begins at 10 a.m. and features a variety of organizations, performances, beer tastings and presentations. The Museum Café will feature ethnic food selections and there will be a special International Beer Tasting from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Museum. Event activities are included with general admission to the Museum. The International Beer Tasting is an additional $5.00 and open to those 21 and over. Tickets for the International Beer Tasting will be available for purchase at the Museum’s front desk on the day of the event.
The City of Grand Rapids and the surrounding region have a long standing history of diversity and various cultural traditions dating back from early explorers and fur traders, to modern day cultural rituals from new residents of the region.
Each booth will have various activities and displays for visitors to see and touch, learning more about each culture. Colorful performances will take place throughout the day in the Meijer Theater starting at 10 a.m.
The GRPM hosts two core exhibitions having a primary focus on diversity and culture: Newcomers: The People of This Place which highlights the ethnic groups that have settled the Grand Rapids area, and Anishinabek: The People of this Place which focuses on the Native American culture in the region.
GRAND RAPIDS PUBLIC MUSEUM
The Grand Rapids Public Museum is an invaluable, publicly-owned institution that is home to more than 250,000 unique artifacts that tell the history of Kent County and beyond, houses the only planetarium in the region, and is responsible for protecting the Norton Indian Mounds, a national historic landmark. The Grand Rapids Public Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, with its main location in downtown Grand Rapids, MI at 272 Pearl Street, NW. For additional information including hours of operation, admission fees and exhibit/event listings, please visit www.grpm.org.
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