Get ready to be wowed - Grand Rapids never fails to surprise visitors with the huge variety of things to see and do here: World-renowned art, museums and historic sites for cultural vacationers. World-class golf, recreation and beaches for nature lovers. Incredible farm-to-table restaurants for foodies and wholesome "playcation" fun for families.
Established in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, the Grand Rapids Art Museum is internationally known for its distinguished design and LEED® Gold certified status. GRAM has grown to include more than 6,000 works of art, including American and European 19th and 20th century painting and sculpture and more than 3,000 works on paper. Welcoming spaces invite guests to explore the collection and discover new ideas through traveling exhibitions and innovative programming, including hands-on workshops in GRAM Studio, artist talks, guided gallery tours, live concerts and performances, and more.
If you don't think of Grand Rapids as being on the cutting edge of art, GRAM might surprise you. While their permanent collections contain art dating back centuries, they also have an impressive collection of modern art. Their recent exhibitions have included pieces by 20th century greats like Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenburg, and Sol DeWitt and contemporary artists like Anila Agha. "ArtPrize," GRAM's most popular yearly event, brings innovative artists from around the world to GR with their newest work. But if that's not your taste, don't worry-- other exhibitions feature a wide range of familiar artists such as cartoonist Rube Goldberg, children's book illustration Maurice Sendak, and Gilded Age painter James McNeil Whistler.
While Grand Rapids has had an art museum since 1910, this building was completed in 2004 and was the first museum to receive a LEEDS Gold certification for environment-friendly design. Their landscaped grounds in the heart of downtown are a beautiful place to enjoy the free concerts offered by the museum during the summer.
Cover photo credit: Experience Grand Rapids.