hours & admission | location & parking | gift passes | sensory support | field trips | visitor policies
noon to 5pm
9:30am to 5pm
9:30am to 5pm
9:30am to 8pm
9:30am to 5 pm
9:30am to 5pm
school faculty members (with i.d.)
active military family members (with i.d.)
thursday family night (5 to 8pm)
museums for all (EBT or WIC card holders, up to 12 people per card)
museums for all
Museums for All is a national initiative to encourage museum attendance
among low-income and underserved families. EBT/WIC cardholders qualify
for a reduced GRCM admission rate of $1.75 per person for up to twelve people.
This discount is available during all normal operation hours, all you need to
do is show your EBT/WIC card when purchasing admission.
The ACM Reciprocal Network is a network of ACM member museums that offer discounted admission based on their membership level. Currently, over 200 museums participate in the network and provide 50% off general admission for up to six (6) family members from the same household, including the cardholder, who must be present.
Need a little extra sensory support? We want to ensure that everyone can enjoy playing at the museum! If you find that your child needs some extra support, we have sensory tool kits available to check out at the front desk. Kits include noise reduction headphones, a weighted vest and suspenders, emotion recognition flashcards,
a Therapy Tangle, a Squigglet bracelet, a copy of the GRCM social story, and a set of three stress balls. The vest is available in sizes
XS-M, which can fit children 2-12.
Read our Social Story before you arrive!
Discovery Field Trips are self-guided and allow students and their chaperones to experience the museum at their own pace. Groups are greeted by a facilitator who will provide a short overview of the museum and other important information.
Field trips are 90 minutes.
Chaperones are required a minimum ratio of 1:5 elementary and 1:3 preschool students
Chaperones are admitted free of charge
Cost of $4 per child, a minimum of $60 per group (15 children)
To schedule, please submit a FIELD TRIP REQUEST FORM
field trip scholarships
Scholarship programs provide play opportunities for underserved populations in the Grand Rapids metro area and beyond at no charge or a minimal fee. To apply, complete the application form below (one form per field trip). Discovery Field Trip Scholarships are funded thanks to the generous support of Wells Fargo.
You can reserve a lunch room with your field trip reservation for an extra $1 per child.
A lunch room reservation is for 30 minutes and extends a field trip to 2 hours.
Lunch room costs are not covered by scholarships.
Help us ensure that all of our guests have fun! You can do your part by:
using inside voices
using walking feet
staying together - chaperones and students need to stay together at all times; especially when riding the elevator and in our gift shop
staying in the age appropriate areas of our museum; our Wee Discovery Zone is for our littlest friends (3 and under)
*please note that if groups are not able to follow the museum manners, they may be asked to leave early.
unaccompanied visitor policies
Adults are not permitted to enter the Museum without children. Adults wishing to visit the Museum can request a brief tour based on staff availability. Business visitors must check in with the front desk staff.
Children under 18 are not permitted in the Museum without adult supervision. Adults are classified as anyone 18 and older. The Museum asks that adults stay with children at all times.
Want to plan some playtime for a large group?
Bring them into the museum for a day of play!
Must be scheduled two weeks in advance
Cost of $6 per person, with a minimum of 10 guests
To schedule please submit a GROUP VISIT INQUIRY FORM