Be Curious: A Glimpse at New GRPM Collections

Curious about the museum’s collections?   The Grand Rapids Public Museum is our community’s institution of collective memory - where people, their stories and things are gathered together and meaning is shared.  The Museum has been in the “collecting business” for almost 160 years.  Most of the collections were donated by residents of the greater Grand Rapids community, one object or collection at a time.  Want to learn more about why, what, and how the Museum has amassed amazing collections of artifacts and specimens that bring history, science and culture alive?    

Stop by the Van Andel Museum Center’s second floor Bradford Gallery to see “Be Curious: A Glimpse at New GRPM Collections," a new exhibition.   This gallery includes sampling of artifacts that have been recently donated to the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Artifacts are collected not only for their aesthetic quality or historical connections but for the ways they illuminate the lives of people living in our region.

Included in the display you’ll find: 

  • A collection of vintage film cameras amassed over the last 30 years by donor Michael Myers, that show the evolution of film cameras.  
  • Artifacts from The New World Pom Pom Team, donated by Ruth Ann Steward, that recognize and celebrate the significant contribution made to the community by this organized group of young performers who participated in parades and festivals from 1987 to 2000.  
  • An amazing collection of “candy containers”  given to the museum by Steve Camp, who built his collection to reflect important changes in merchandising and packaging over time. 

The Grand Rapids Public Museum’s collection is a community treasure that drives the Museum’s vision: to inspire passionate curiosity and a deeper understanding of the world around us.   

To explore the museum’s entire collection or learn how to donate your treasure to the Museum, click here.