At over 100 years old, the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) has helped Grand Rapids become an art powerhouse. The museum’s collection received an upgrade when they were moved to the GRAM’s new, state-of-the art LEED Gold facility about 10 years ago. The GRAM is the first art museum in the world to attain the LEED Gold certification. Come with us as we share with you our favorite exhibits and insider tips for visiting the GRAM.
This contemporary, 125,000-square-foot art museum features striking architecture, with plenty of wood, metal and glass. Some of the favorite pieces from the over 6,000-work permanent collection include an original copy of the Bill of Rights, Remington and Calder sculptures, works by Tiffany, Picasso and Renoir, the furniture exhibition and African and European art. In addition to the permanent collection, the GRAM has several special exhibitions. On display right now are three different exhibitions. The Art of Rube Goldberg runs until late-August and features illustrations from legendary cartoonist Rube Goldberg. Black Waves: The Tattoo Art of Leo Zulueta runs until late-August and features photographs featuring Leo’s tattoo work that largely inspired the tribal tattoo style. Prints and Processes runs until late-June and features prints and techniques from Rembrandt, Durer and Warhol. Speaking of Warhol, one of the most highly-anticipated collections is coming to the GRAM just after ArtPrize. From October 28 until February 11, the GRAM will be showcasing some of legendary pop culture art icon Andy Warhol’s collection.
The best time to visit the GRAM is Tuesday, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM or Thursday from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM. Thanks to generous donations from the Meijer Corporation, the museum is free during these times. If you do not visit during these times, admission is $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for students and seniors, $6.00 for children ages 6-17 and free for children ages 5 years and younger.
If you need a break from reality and need to soak up some culture, but don’t feel like driving to the Art Institute of Chicago or the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Grand Rapids Art Museum will satisfy your need for art and culture. Are there any pieces that stick out in your mind from the GRAM? Have any favorite experiences there? Please let us know!