Grand Rapids Public Museum hosting free day

It’s free! The Grand Rapids Public Museum, or GRPM, is waving its general admission fee on Sunday, July 16 and inviting the community to explore its permanent exhibits.

Visitors to the museum are invited to check out popular exhibits like Streets of Old Grand Rapids, an immersive exhibit that transports visitors back to 19th century downtown Grand Rapids, and West Michigan Habitats, which showcases the vast wildlife found in West Michigan.

Kate Moore, VP of marketing & public relations at the GRPM, said GRPM continues to be the West Michigan “hub for hands-on science, history and cultural education.”

The museum is also offering a discounted rate of $2 for entry into Mindbender Mansion, a special touring exhibit filled with brainteasers and group challenges.

Wacky Mr. E., master brainteaser and puzzler extraordinaire, greets Mindbender Mansion visitors (via video) and explains the mysteries of the mansion before sending them out to gather hidden clues and secret passwords.

Throughout the exhibit, visitors will find a combination of tabletop brainteasers they can solve independently and larger group challenges that require assistance from fellow mansion guests. Upon completing each of the brainteasers and group challenges, visitors find out if they’ve gathered the necessary clues and passwords to add their portrait to the Wall of Fame as a new member of the Mindbender Society.

Visitors are also welcome to purchase additional tickets to GRPM planetarium shows and for rides on the 1928 Spillman Carousel.

The free day will be held during the museum’s normal Sunday hours, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Museum members receive free admission to all current offerings at the museum. Visit GRPM for more information on the event.

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