Children’s museum closes, prepares for grand opening of new exhibits

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Courtesy Grand Rapids Children's Museum

Two new exhibits are coming to the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum this fall. 

The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum (GRCM) plans to debut “The Pigeon Comes to Grand Rapids!: A Mo Willems Exhibit!” and “Wimee’s Dreams” exhibit in September and has closed its doors for three weeks of deep cleaning and preparation. 

The museum is closed until Sept. 18, when it will host a grand opening from 12-4 p.m., inviting guests to explore the two new exhibits. 

“The Pigeon Comes to Grand Rapids!: A Mo Willems Exhibit” is co-organized by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and is inspired by the art and characters of the beloved children’s book author, illustrator, animator and playwright Mo Willems. 

This exhibit will feature familiar Willems characters such as best friend duo Elephant and Piggie, faithful companion Knuffle Bunny and The Pigeon, the wily city bird best known for his antics in “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!”

“The Pigeon” is a play-and-learn exhibit that will give visitors the opportunity to make art that is inspired by Willems and to learn about the rich social and emotional lives of the author’s characters. The exhibit also will feature prints of illustrations, including sketches and other preliminary materials by Willems. 

This new exhibit will be on display at GRCM through Jan. 8.

“Wimee’s Dreams” exhibit is sponsored by Acrisure and will be at GRCM through September 2024. The new exhibit previously was reported on in Grand Rapids Magazine.

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