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Grand Rapids Public Museum

Grand Rapids , MI
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LOCATION

272 Pearl Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI US 49504 (map)

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616-456-3977

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Imagine your wedding ceremony or reception in our world class museum. Your guests can take a stroll through "The Streets of Old Grand Rapids" and enjoy a memorable ride on our carousel.... Read more
Imagine your wedding ceremony or reception in our world class museum. Your guests can take a stroll through "The Streets of Old Grand Rapids" and enjoy a memorable ride on our carousel. Our three story Galleria has a spectacular riverfront view of the lights and splendor of downtown Grand Rapids—and all within walking distance of three major hotels. Both indoor and outdoor ceremony locations are available, to make your day a first-class experience—in a place like no place else! Read less
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Molly
Wedding:
7/19/2014
4.8/5.0
The museum is THE best place to host a reception. We strayed from a traditional sit down reception and decided to go with a strolling dinner, providing more time for our guests to dance and mingle. Emmie and her team were phenomenal. As a little girl I always dreamed of having my reception here, the museum means so much to me. The venue is a bit pricey but only because alcohol is included in the pricing. The perks of having a reception here are endless. There is a team of amazing professionals that help you along each part of the way and the staff is more than kind. The carousel is open and the exhibits on the first floor are illuminated and can even be open for the evening. The museum was a dream come true. I only regret not making the reception last for 5 more hours.
The museum is THE best place to host a reception. We strayed from a traditional sit down reception and decided to go with Read more...
The museum is THE best place to host a reception. We strayed from a traditional sit down reception and decided to go with a strolling dinner, providing more time for our guests to dance and mingle. Emmie and her team were phenomenal. As a little girl I always dreamed of having my reception here, the museum means so much to me. The venue is a bit pricey but only because alcohol is included in the pricing. The perks of having a reception here are endless. There is a team of amazing professionals that help you along each part of the way and the staff is more than kind. The carousel is open and the exhibits on the first floor are illuminated and can even be open for the evening. The museum was a dream come true. I only regret not making the reception last for 5 more hours. Read less
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Katey
Wedding:
6/27/2014
4.8/5.0
I looked at various locations in downtown Grand Rapids. All were good, but sold themselves as just the venue (understandably). It was different with GRPM - not only do they have a fantastic venue (includes the carousel, and the museum's "streets of Grand Rapids"), but their staff did so much of the set up and tear down. Emmie, the event coordinator, is very professional, quick to help, and so accommodating. She alone sold this venue for me. They put the linens on the tables, set up my center pieces, and set up everything on all other tables! They even packed up our gifts onto a cart at the end of the night to be transferred to a car or across the street to the Holiday Inn. No other venue will offer you that much help in downtown Grand Rapids.

They have a list of preferred caters to chose from, and bar services are catered through the museum itself. Jim Ackerman was awesome about supplying any special requests they didn't include the beverage package I selected. You only pay for what you drink, so you either get money back after your big night, or you have a bill waiting for you. I found this very fair.

Definitely recommend this for any couples wanting a different atmosphere!
I looked at various locations in downtown Grand Rapids. All were good, but sold themselves as just the venue Read more...
I looked at various locations in downtown Grand Rapids. All were good, but sold themselves as just the venue (understandably). It was different with GRPM - not only do they have a fantastic venue (includes the carousel, and the museum's "streets of Grand Rapids"), but their staff did so much of the set up and tear down. Emmie, the event coordinator, is very professional, quick to help, and so accommodating. She alone sold this venue for me. They put the linens on the tables, set up my center pieces, and set up everything on all other tables! They even packed up our gifts onto a cart at the end of the night to be transferred to a car or across the street to the Holiday Inn. No other venue will offer you that much help in downtown Grand Rapids.

They have a list of preferred caters to chose from, and bar services are catered through the museum itself. Jim Ackerman was awesome about supplying any special requests they didn't include the beverage package I selected. You only pay for what you drink, so you either get money back after your big night, or you have a bill waiting for you. I found this very fair.

Definitely recommend this for any couples wanting a different atmosphere! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
6/14/2014
5.0/5.0
They were absolutely wonderful! Our coordinator ended up having to be out of town prior to the wedding but she made sure I met and was in contact with her fill-ins prior and during the wedding.

They listened to all of my requests and did a fantastic job!
They were absolutely wonderful! Our coordinator ended up having to be out of town prior to the wedding but she made sure I Read more...
They were absolutely wonderful! Our coordinator ended up having to be out of town prior to the wedding but she made sure I met and was in contact with her fill-ins prior and during the wedding.

They listened to all of my requests and did a fantastic job! Read less
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Jamie
Wedding:
8/17/2013
5.0/5.0
This venue is amazing! There is a carousel, dance floor, exhbits, giant board. There's an old print shop that runs! So much for everyone. They allow outside catering now. The drinks service in house and it wonderful. (Jeff did a great job!)

Emmie, the coordinator at the museum was amazing. She worked with my mom, me and my maid of honor so well. Being in Seattle, WA it was hard for me to do everything and she understood that and helped out soooo much. She is so organzied and friendly! She even ran our rehersal when our officiant fell through, she helped us organzie and made she we knew what we were doing on the wedding day.
She was there on the wedding day directing us and helping us! (We didn't even need a wedding planner because she was so good!)
Thank you!!!
This venue is amazing! There is a carousel, dance floor, exhbits, giant board. There's an old print shop that runs! So Read more...
This venue is amazing! There is a carousel, dance floor, exhbits, giant board. There's an old print shop that runs! So much for everyone. They allow outside catering now. The drinks service in house and it wonderful. (Jeff did a great job!)

Emmie, the coordinator at the museum was amazing. She worked with my mom, me and my maid of honor so well. Being in Seattle, WA it was hard for me to do everything and she understood that and helped out soooo much. She is so organzied and friendly! She even ran our rehersal when our officiant fell through, she helped us organzie and made she we knew what we were doing on the wedding day.
She was there on the wedding day directing us and helping us! (We didn't even need a wedding planner because she was so good!)
Thank you!!! Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
6/12/2010
3.8/5.0
The food was great. Everybody loved it.

There were a lot of rules at the muesum that we were told about but they didn't follow them on our day. My biggest complaint was that they told us that no one was allowed in the muesum before 6 pm, so we could take pics and set up, but as I was walking around taking pics, I kept running into my guests. This ruined the effect i was trying to have. When do you ever get to see the reception BEFORE it is set up?! I was really disappointed that they didn't follow the biggest rule that they told me over and over. i ended up taking time out of my pictures to track down staff and ask what was going on.
The food was great. Everybody loved it.

There were a lot of rules at the muesum that we were told about but they Read more...
The food was great. Everybody loved it.

There were a lot of rules at the muesum that we were told about but they didn't follow them on our day. My biggest complaint was that they told us that no one was allowed in the muesum before 6 pm, so we could take pics and set up, but as I was walking around taking pics, I kept running into my guests. This ruined the effect i was trying to have. When do you ever get to see the reception BEFORE it is set up?! I was really disappointed that they didn't follow the biggest rule that they told me over and over. i ended up taking time out of my pictures to track down staff and ask what was going on. Read less
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Christina
Wedding:
8/2/2009
4.4/5.0
The museum was a great place to have a unique wedding reception and I was glad that I chose it. That being said, the venue is very inflexible in a few areas and I was disappointed that they were unable to work with me on some things. Overall, we had a fabulous reception and I was very happy with the venue.
The museum was a great place to have a unique wedding reception and I was glad that I chose it. That being said, the venue Read more...
The museum was a great place to have a unique wedding reception and I was glad that I chose it. That being said, the venue is very inflexible in a few areas and I was disappointed that they were unable to work with me on some things. Overall, we had a fabulous reception and I was very happy with the venue. Read less
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Andi
Wedding:
7/25/2009
4.7/5.0
This site is one of a kind. Everyone had such a wonderful time riding the carousel and taking a stroll through the museum. The food was exceptional! They conducted everything in a very professional manner and were very helpful throughout the planning process.
This site is one of a kind. Everyone had such a wonderful time riding the carousel and taking a stroll through the museum. Read more...
This site is one of a kind. Everyone had such a wonderful time riding the carousel and taking a stroll through the museum. The food was exceptional! They conducted everything in a very professional manner and were very helpful throughout the planning process. Read less
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JenGreen
Wedding:
10/11/2008
5.0/5.0
I wanted something different for my wedding reception, and the museum was the perfect place! Jim, Donna, Wendy, and Patsy were wonderful! My guests have not stopped talking about what a great reception it was. Highly Recommend.
I wanted something different for my wedding reception, and the museum was the perfect place! Jim, Donna, Wendy, and Patsy Read more...
I wanted something different for my wedding reception, and the museum was the perfect place! Jim, Donna, Wendy, and Patsy were wonderful! My guests have not stopped talking about what a great reception it was. Highly Recommend. Read less
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Danielle
Wedding:
1/5/2008
4.7/5.0
We had a winter wedding and we knew that the Museum was a great place to have our wedding for reasons like- we could have the ceremony and reception all in one venue, the museum would have their holiday and winter seasonal decorations up that surely were beyound beautiful, and it was surely some different and something our guest still compliment us on today! We had 250 guests and there surely was enough space for everyone... we also had kids as our daughter was a big part of our wedding and the kids loved the museum, especially the carousel... well honestly, many of the adults liked it too. Almost 2 years after our wedding we are told by friends and family that our wedding was the best they've been too and they won't forget how awesome the night was! I wouldn't have had it at any other place!!!
We had a winter wedding and we knew that the Museum was a great place to have our wedding for reasons like- we could have Read more...
We had a winter wedding and we knew that the Museum was a great place to have our wedding for reasons like- we could have the ceremony and reception all in one venue, the museum would have their holiday and winter seasonal decorations up that surely were beyound beautiful, and it was surely some different and something our guest still compliment us on today! We had 250 guests and there surely was enough space for everyone... we also had kids as our daughter was a big part of our wedding and the kids loved the museum, especially the carousel... well honestly, many of the adults liked it too. Almost 2 years after our wedding we are told by friends and family that our wedding was the best they've been too and they won't forget how awesome the night was! I wouldn't have had it at any other place!!! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
The public museum was amazing!! They are very responsive and they are very accommodating to requests. Emmy was fantastic. She was pretty much the quarterback through the whole experience. When our officiant pretty much ditched us, Emmy guided our friend who was taking the officiants place through the ceremony and showed the wedding party what they should do. The ceremony was beautiful and so did the reception.
The public museum was amazing!! They are very responsive and they are very accommodating to requests. Emmy was fantastic. Read more...
The public museum was amazing!! They are very responsive and they are very accommodating to requests. Emmy was fantastic. She was pretty much the quarterback through the whole experience. When our officiant pretty much ditched us, Emmy guided our friend who was taking the officiants place through the ceremony and showed the wedding party what they should do. The ceremony was beautiful and so did the reception. Read less
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