GRPM and John Ball Zoo partner for one-month member reciprocal

Courtesy Grand Rapids Public Museum

Two main Grand Rapids destinations are joining forces to offer free admission for members in September.

Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) and John Ball Zoo (JBZ) recently announced a reciprocal member partnership during the month of September, which will give members of both organizations free admission for the whole month.

Through this partnership, GRPM members can visit the zoo and receive free general admission, including access to the KoalaPalooza event over Labor Day weekend and “Washed Ashore – Art to Save the Sea” exhibit. JBZ members in return can visit the GRPM, including free general admission to visit its newest exhibit “A Celebration of Souls: Day of the Dead in Southern Mexico,” opening Sept. 3, as well as the GRPM original exhibit, “Fashion + Nature.”

“We’re excited to continue our partnership with the John Ball Zoo to offer this special benefit to our members,” said Kate Kocienski, GRPM’s vice president of marketing and PR. “This partnership allows members to maximize the value of their annual membership and experience what each organization has to offer all month long. Both organizations are currently featuring exhibits focused on sustainability, with John Ball Zoo’s captivating ‘Washed Ashore’ exhibit and the GRPM’s ‘Fashion + Nature’ exhibit, delivering immersive, eye-opening experiences suitable for all ages.”

GRPM members enjoy benefits such as free general admission and parking, discounts at the Chaffee Planetarium, Curiosity Shop (in person and online), Museum Cafe, programs and more. Additionally, members receive free general admission at over 300 museums and science centers in the nation and worldwide through the ASTC Travel Passport Program.

John Ball Zoo members also receive exclusive benefits such as free unlimited general admission, free or reduced admission to over 150 zoos and aquariums across North America, discounts at JBZ retail and concessions, along with discounts on birthday parties and camps, and discounts on admission to special events like Wizarding Weekends.

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