Museum to display holiday exhibits

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The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) is welcoming the holiday season with new exhibits and activities.

New attractions include a diorama of the city of Grand Rapids built from LEGO bricks, “Santa and Elf Hunt,” “Let it Snow Planetarium Show,” “POPnology” and “Bats: Masters of the Night.”

“The museum is a great place for families as they get into the holiday spirit this season with special displays and activities that will excite all ages,” said Kate Kocienski, vice president of marketing and public relations at GRPM. “In addition to annual favorites, including our historic LEGO display, visitors can peek into the history of traditions through a festive display of Santas from around the globe and decorations found in the ‘Streets of Old Grand Rapids’ exhibit.”

The LEGO bricks exhibit is a 1925 era display of operating trams and historic buildings in Grand Rapids built by West Michigan LEGO Train Club. The exhibit also includes search-and-find activities.

The “Santa and Elf Hunt” exhibit allows visitors to find 15 historic interpretations of Santa Claus from around the world and learn about the Christmas traditions of different cultures. Visitors then will follow clues to find 12 elves throughout the three floors of the museum.

The “Let it Snow Planetarium Show” will play at 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 26-Dec. 17, with music from Frank Sinatra, Chuck Berry, Burl Ives, Brenda Lee and a multimedia finale by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The show also will feature animation, laser imagery and special effects.

Visitors can play interactive games and see replicas such as the DeLorean Time Machine, R2D2 and E.T. in the “POPnology exhibit,” which will remain on display until Jan. 30.

“Bats: Masters of the Night” allows visitors to interact with displays to hear bats and learn about pollination, their diets and echolocation (sonar ability).

More information is at grpm.org.

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