Special Exhibits

Dinosaurs Unearthed

Dinosaurs Unearthed

Explore the exciting discovery of feathered dinosaurs and their connection to modern day birds! Featuring animatronic dinosaurs and fossils.

LEGO Certified Professional

Dream it, Build it

Dream it, Build it features architectural masterpieces recreated with LEGO¬© bricks by Certified Lego Professional Adam Reed Tucker. 

Thank God for Michigan! Stories from the Civil War

While the battles took place in other states, the people of Michigan were deeply involved in the Civil War.  See uniforms, weapons, photographs, letters, and more from the Museum's vast collection. 

Traveling Exhibits

Grandmother Power

Traveling Exhibition: Grandmother Power

Activist grandmothers are standing up for their grandchildren in a fight for political, economic and social justice. Their astonishing stories were the basis for this exhibition, based on the award-winning book Grandmother Power.

Touring the Museum

1928 Spillman Carousel

Take a spin on our carousel, complete with delightful horses and a fully functional band organ.

Anishinabek: The People of This Place

Hear the story of the direct descendants of the original Ottawa, Potawatomi and Chippewa people of West Michigan.

Collecting A-Z

Tour the halls of the Museum while searching for hidden treasures from every letter of the alphabet!


Explore the natural environments of Michigan in this life-like exhibit of animals and plants in their natural settings.

Newcomers: The People of This Place

Tour the Public Museum's newest major exhibition to see more than 600 artifacts and images discussing diversity in West Michigan.

Streets of Old Grand Rapids

Stroll through a full-scale detailed re-creation of Grand Rapids in the 1890s and be transported back in time.

Furniture City

The Furniture City

This exhibition is currently in transition. Visitors can still stop in and see the lathe in operation.