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Van Andel Museum Center

Marvel at the sheer size and scope of the diverse collection and let your kids ride on the carousel on the river in one of the region’s oldest history museums.

Overlooking the west bank of the Grand River, the Van Andel Museum Center is a spectacular modern structure holding the fascinating contents of the 19th-century Grand Rapids Public Museum. An extensive collection is spread across three floors of exhibits, covering science, culture and history. Bring the whole family to enjoy the wide range of fun and enlightening displays. 

Marvel at the unusual design of the building, whose Cook Carousel Pavilion stands on the river itself. Your kids will feel like they’re hovering above the water as they ride the carousel. 

Choose from the great assortment of sections that together display many thousands of artifacts. Old uniforms and garments reveal old-world fashions, while wars are brought to life by weapons and memorabilia. Pass through the Toys and Games section, the Dolls exhibit and the Sports area with your kids. 

Other exhibits trace the history of botany, brewing, advertising and a seemingly endless list of themes. Learn about the American Civil War, decorative arts and South American traditions in this eclectic museum.

Recline in your seat in the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium and gaze up at the stars. Explore some of the temporary exhibits. Past selections have covered such topics as the origin of the mermaid myth and the journey of water.

Artisanal crafts, books and toys are among the selection of items for sale in the Museum Store. Sip coffee with a picturesque view of the river in the Museum Café. Soups, snacks and sandwiches are available. 

There is a fee to enter the museum, which offers deals and reduced admission for local residents. Discounts are also available for kids, students and seniors. The site opens every day of the week, morning through late afternoon.

Find Van Andel Museum Center on the western bank of the Grand River, right in the heart of Grand Rapids. While you’re in the area, visit the Eberhard Center, the Gerald R. Ford Museum and the Pearl Street Bridge. 


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Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown £113
Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown

Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown

161 Ottawa Avenue N.W., Grand Rapids, MI
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Rapids Art Museum and DeVos Performance Hall. Van Andel Arena and Public Museum of Grand Rapids are also within 10 minutes. Grand Rapids Station is 17 minutes by foot.

    Hyatt Place Grand Rapids Downtown £124
    Hyatt Place Grand Rapids Downtown

    Hyatt Place Grand Rapids Downtown

    140 Ottawa Ave, Grand Rapids, MI
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Rapids Art Museum and DeVos Performance Hall. Van Andel Arena and Public Museum of Grand Rapids are also within 10 minutes. Grand Rapids Station is 16 minutes by foot.

      Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton £136
      Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton

      Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton

      187 Monroe Ave Nw, Grand Rapids, MI
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of DeVos Performance Hall and Public Museum of Grand Rapids. Van Andel Arena and Downtown Market are also within 1 mile (2 km). Grand Rapids Station is 16 minutes by foot.

        JW Marriott Hotel Grand Rapids £205
        JW Marriott Hotel Grand Rapids

        JW Marriott Hotel Grand Rapids

        235 Louis Campau Promenade Nw, Grand Rapids, MI
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of DeVos Performance Hall and Public Museum of Grand Rapids. Van Andel Arena and Downtown Market are also within 1 mile (2 km). Grand Rapids Station is 14 minutes by foot.

          Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown £113
          Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown

          Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown

          310 Pearl Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Grand Rapids, this hotel is steps away from Gerald R. Ford Museum and Public Museum of Grand Rapids. Van Andel Arena and DeVos Performance Hall are also within 15 minutes. Grand Rapids Station is 19 minutes by foot.

            Embassy Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown,MI £151
            Embassy Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown,MI

            Embassy Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown,MI

            710 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Grand Rapids, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Fish Ladder Park and DeVos Performance Hall. Van Andel Arena and Public Museum of Grand Rapids are also within 1 mile (2 km). Grand Rapids Station is 28 minutes by foot.

              CityFlatsHotel Grand Rapids £143
              CityFlatsHotel Grand Rapids

              CityFlatsHotel Grand Rapids

              83 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown, this boutique hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Rapids Civic Theatre and Van Andel Arena. DeVos Performance Hall and Public Museum of Grand Rapids are also within 10 minutes. Grand Rapids Station is 16 minutes by foot.

                Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Grand Rapids £142
                Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Grand Rapids

                Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Grand Rapids

                11 Monroe Ave Nw, Grand Rapids, MI
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Van Andel Arena, DeVos Performance Hall and Public Museum of Grand Rapids. Downtown Market is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) away. Grand Rapids Station is 11 minutes by foot.