Grand Rapids Public Museum is at 272 Pearl St. N.W. Visitors can walk through a re-creation of an 1890s downtown Grand Rapids street and explore exhibits about local Native American history and West Michigan habitats, gaze in wonder at a 76-foot finback whale skeleton and take a ride on an operational 1928 Spillman carousel. The Robot Zoo features activities and eight impressive robot animals that are bigger than life-size. Major traveling exhibitions also are presented.
Food is available. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.
$8; $7 (ages 62+); $3 (ages 3-17 and students with ID). Museum admission including The Robot Zoo $11; $10 (ages 62+); $6 (ages 3-17 and students with ID). Carousel ride $1. An additional fee may be charged for special exhibitions.
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9-5 (also Tues. 5-8), Sun. noon-5. Closed Jan. 1, Easter, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Phone ahead to confirm schedule.