The Art Museum's history extends back to 1910, but its current facility was erected in 2007. Newsweek magazine promptly named it one of the best buildings of the year: "This cool and modernist building ... is the first newly constructed ‘green' museum in the United States, designed to be LEED certified."
Situated on the edge of Rosa Parks Circle - downtown's community square - GRAM has become one of the city's iconic architectural landmarks. The works on display inside the building are just as impressive. Collections range from Renaissance to Modern Art, with a special focus on 19th and 20th century European and American art.
Do I need to purchase tickets in advance?
Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) encourages all guests to reserve admission tickets prior to arrival. Tickets can be purchased up to two weeks in advance, and all non-member ticket orders will receive a 10% discount. (Members enjoy free admission.) If you purchase tickets on site, you will not be able to use cash and may have to wait to tour the Museum depending on current visitor capacity.Click here to reserve tickets.
Are there timed tickets?
Yes - You will choose a date and time for your visit when you select tickets online.
Do I have to come at a specific time?
You are selecting a 30-minute entrance window when you choose a time online. For example, if you choose 3:00pm, you can arrive between 3:00pm and 3:30 pm. GRAM asks guest to try to limit their visit to two hours.
What are the current hours of operation?
Tuesday 12pm – 6pm
Thursday 12pm – 9pm
Saturday Member hours 10am – 12pm, Public hours 12pm – 6pm
Closed Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday
What can I expect when I arrive?
You will be greeted with a temperature check and touch-free ticket interactions at the Visitor Services desk. Bag check has been suspended so please do not enter the Museum with any large bags or items. A one-way traffic flow limits the possibility of guests crossing paths and limits the number of physical touchpoints.
Will they take my temperature?
Yes, GRAM performs a temperature check on all guests, staff and volunteers who enter the building.
Do we have to wear masks?
Yes, everyone over the age of two will be required to wear face coverings at all times while in the building. GRAM defines an acceptable face covering as one that covers both the nose and mouth and wraps under the chin. Masks will be provided if you don’t have one.
How many people area allowed to enter?
Indoor attractions are limited to 50% of normal visitor capacity by order of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. GRAM limits capacity through its timed ticketing system to ensure proper distancing.
Are there sanitation areas?
Hand sanitizer stations are accessible at all entrances as well as in common gallery spaces. Routine cleaning of all high-traffic and high-touch areas and surfaces has been stepped up, as have daily deep cleans when the building is closed to the public.
Are there parts of the attraction that are closed?
Some areas, furniture, and interactive activities will be unavailable.
Are there any admission discounts available?
Culture Pass GR grants you admission to GRAM and other area attractions over the course of three days, for one low price. Purchase the pass online and download it to your phone for touch-free entrance to attractions. For a limited time, Culture Pass GR is on sale for just $20.
Is there an on-site restaurant open?
The GRAM does not have an on-site restaurant. Click here to browse restaurants close to the Museum’s downtown site.
GRAM hosts a constant and varied rotation of visiting exhibits, from "Diana: A Celebration" to "Birds of America: Audubon Prints from Shelburne Museum" to "Robert Rauschenberg: Synapsis Shuffle." The museum also plays an integral role in the city's annual ArtPrize competition.
Regular events include:
One of the many wonderful things about Grand Rapids is that when summer gives way to fall, you can truly feel and see it. As the seasons change, so do the events and activities the city has to offer.