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Grand Rapids Public Museum to host a free day on July 16

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On Sunday, July 16, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. visitors will receive free general admission to explore the Museum’s three floors of core exhibits.
A museum attendee enjoys the carousel.

A museum attendee enjoys the carousel.

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The Grand Rapids Public Museum will be opening its doors free of charge on Sunday, July 16 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors will receive free general admission on this day to explore the Museum’s three floors of core exhibits.

The GRPM offers fun, hands-on learning opportunities for all ages through many core and traveling exhibits. Visitors will be able to view favorites including the Streets of Old Grand Rapids, an immersive exhibit that transports visitors back to 19th century of downtown Grand Rapids, and West Michigan Habitats, that showcases the vast wildlife found in West Michigan.

“We are excited to be able to offer the community the chance to explore the Museum free of charge again this year,” said Kate Moore, Vice President of Marketing & PR at the GRPM. “The GRPM continues to be the West Michigan hub for hands-on science, history and cultural education, and continue to increase access to the Collections for all.”

There will be many additional experiences for visitors including Mindbender Mansion, planetarium shows and the Museum’s 1928 Spillman Carousel, that are available for an additional charge. Museum members will receive free admission to all current offerings at the Museum.

Mindbender Mansion is GRPM’s new traveling exhibit full of brainteasers and interactive challenges that will test even the most experienced puzzlers. The exhibit includes 40 brainteasers and 5 large group challenges. At Mindbender Mansion visitors solve puzzles to gather hidden clues and passwords. By finding all the clues and passwords, visitors can become part of the Mindbender Society and get their picture on the Wall of Fame!

Admission to Mindbender Mansion on the free day will be $2 per person and free to Museum members.

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