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Grand Rapids Art Museum Announces August 1 Reopening

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Phased reopening includes new visitor guidelines such as online ticketing, required face coverings, and social distancing.

Meijer Free Days at the Grand Rapids Art Museum

Admission to GRAM is free every Tuesday (12 am - 6 pm) and Thursday night (5 - 9 pm). For a full list of hours and admission fees, visit

The Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) is excited to announce its reopening date with expanded safety measures. The Museum will welcome GRAM Members for a soft opening beginning Saturday, July 25 followed by the public opening on Saturday, August 1.

“I’m thrilled to announce the Grand Rapids Art Museum’s reopening and welcome everyone back to our galleries,” commented GRAM Director and CEO Dana Friis-Hansen. “The wellbeing of our staff, volunteers, and guests remains our top priority, and we’re excited to reopen our doors with enhanced precautions and limited hours so our visitors can safely enjoy the transformational power of art.”
Reopening Schedule:

  • Member Appreciation Soft Opening: July 25, 28, and 30
  • Public Opening: August 1 

Current Hours of Operation:

  • Tuesdays: 12 – 6 pm (Meijer Free Day)
  • Thursdays: 12 – 9 pm (Meijer Free Day, 5 – 9 pm)
  • Saturdays: GRAM Members 10 am – 12 pm; Public 12 – 6 pm 

Guests are encouraged to reserve advance timed tickets online and will receive a 10% discount for any online ticket purchases. A few of the new protocols for visitor experience following local and state guidelines include, but are not limited to:  

  • Required face coverings for all staff, visitors, and volunteers 
  • Required temperature checks upon arrival of all staff, visitors, and volunteers
  • Regular deep cleaning of the Museum and increased hand sanitization stations
  • Touch-free interactions at the Visitor Services desk
  • Controlling the number of visitors to provide proper distancing
  • Limited days and hours of operation

Visitors can enjoy access to the exhibitions A New State of Matter: Contemporary Glass and Useful Beauty: Design Highlights from the Permanent Collection, which have both been extended to give more visitors the chance to see the exhibitions. The exhibitions are on view through October 4 and November 1, respectively. A rotating presentation of works from GRAM's Collection are also on view on all three levels. The Museum will not resume normal programming upon reopening in accordance with social distancing, but may offer select programs that can be done at a safe, contactless distance. Updated details will be available on GRAM’s website.
GRAM is committed to keeping the Museum accessible to visitors, especially as many are experiencing financial hardship during COVID-19. Thanks to the generous support of Meijer, guests are invited to enjoy free admission to the Museum on Meijer Free Tuesdays from 12 pm – 6 pm and Thursday nights from 5 – 9 pm. For those in our community who need to stay home, GRAM will continue to share free digital resources including artist interviews and talks, virtual tours, artmaking activities, and more at

About the Grand Rapids Art Museum  
Connecting people through art, creativity, and design. Established in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, the art museum is internationally known for its distinguished design and LEED® Gold certified status. Established in 1910 as the Grand Rapids Art Association, GRAM has  grown to include more than 5,000 works of art, including American and European 19th and 20th-century painting and sculpture and more than 3,000 works on paper. Embracing the city’s legacy as a leading center of design and manufacturing, GRAM has a growing collection in the area of design and modern craft.  
For museum hours and admission fees, visit   

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