Frequently Asked Questions
What are your admission charges? Does GRAM offer discounts or have a free day?
GRAM does charge an admission fee at most times.
Reasonably-priced memberships are available that allow free admission year round. Please click here to see a list of our membership prices.
GRAM offers a reduced admission rate for seniors (62 years or older) and college students (with a valid I.D.). We also offer free admission to individuals in the military who have an I.D. Please click here for more information about admission pricing.
GRAM’s general admission is free on Tuesdays thanks to Meijer Free Tuesdays.
We are also open without charge each year during Festival of the Arts, Celebration on the Grand and during ArtPrize.
Do you have available parking? (Where should I park?)
While GRAM does not have public parking, many public parking lots are adjacent to the museum. Various city lots do offer the first hour of parking free, and the closest one is Monroe Center Parking Ramp, located on the corner of Louis Street and Ionia, with the entrance on Ionia. We are glad to validate parking for GRAM Members at the Family level or above. Metered parking is located throughout downtown and near GRAM. For more parking information please visit: Directions and Parking.
Is the Museum available to rent for events?
GRAM would be delighted to host your event! For more information on pricing, please contact Karen Carpenter at 616.831.2916 or click here for more information.
GRAM offers a dynamic schedule of temporary exhibitions of art and design, as well as collection galleries that includes art and design by artists as diverse as Mathias Alten, Jennifer Bartlett, Alexander Calder, William Meritt Chase, Richard Diebenkorn, Asher B. Durand, Charles and Ray Eames, Hector Guimard, Stephen Hannock, Childe Hassam, Ellsworth Kelly, Rockwell Kent, George Inness, Max Pechstein, Rembrandt van Rijn, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Joan Snyder, Frank Lloyd Wright and N.C. Wyeth. Please click here to visit our exhibitions page.
The Museum also has a Print Study Room in which scholars, students, and members of the public may request to view fine art prints from across the history of printmaking, as well as select works on paper, and photographs. The Library and Print Room are open Tuesday – Saturday from 1pm – 4pm. Visit the Future Exhibitions page to see what exhibitions will be coming soon.
Does the Museum schedule group tours? Are there “Drop-In Tours”?
GRAM offers docent guided tours and self-guided group visits. A docent is a guide that will lead the group through the exhibition or tour theme of your choice. Please click here to learn more about tours for schools. Please click here to learn more about tours for Adult and Public groups. Check our calendar for “Drop-In Tours” that you can join to learn more about the collection or special exhibitions.
What family activities do you offer?
From young children to older adults there is something for everyone at GRAM!
When visiting during the week make sure to stop by the front desk and pick up a gallery guide. These self-led activity sheets are a fun way for a younger audience to experience GRAM’s permanent collection and special exhibitions. After your visit, return guides to Guest Services for a prize!
GRAM also hosts Drop-In: Family Saturdays every Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00pm. Drop in during that time to participate in art making activities click here to learn about upcoming topics. Drop-In: Family Saturdays is included in the price of general admission.
Please click here to learn more about family activities at GRAM!
What is ArtPrize?
GRAM is excited to be an exhibition center for ArtPrize, but does not organize the event. More information can be found at www.artprize.org.
One of GRAM’s current exhibitions is GRAM Selects ArtPrize 2013: Encore. This exhibition includes selected ArtPrize works from this last ArtPrize. This exhibition features 15 works of art drawn from nine different ArtPrize venues. Click here to learn more about this exhibition.
Is GRAM accessible to people with special needs?
Yes, GRAM is committed to connecting visitors with all abilities to the world of art through a wide variety of accessible services. To learn more click here.
Where is the Museum Located?
GRAM is centrally located in downtown Grand Rapids. Our address is 101 Monroe Center, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. We are adjacent to Rosa Parks Circle and Maya Lin’s Ecliptic. Please click here to see driving directions, recommended parking and a map of GRAM’s location.
Is there a Museum store?
Yes! The Museum Store at GRAM is filled with one-of-a-kind items that make perfect souvenirs and gifts for any occasion. Open during normal business hours, The Museum Store at GRAM is easily accessible off of Monroe Center.
What are reciprocal memberships and how can I get one?
Reciprocal memberships are a category of membership that applies to more than one museum. This normally includes free admission and a discount in the Museum Store, and may include other benefits as well. GRAM is a North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM), offering privileges at numerous institutions with all of our memberships of over $100 in value. Members from one of the NARM institutions, who present a current membership card validated with a gold North American Reciprocal sticker, are entitled to free general admission and Museum Store Discount during regular museum hours.
Do you have a Café?
GRAM does not have a café. GRAM invites guests to bring their own meals to the outdoor dining terrace to enjoy or inside in the guest lounge. Monroe Center and surrounding areas offer a vast array of local cuisine and wonderful restaurants. Please visit here to learn more about restaurants in the area.
Can I take pictures?
GRAM invites you to take pictures for personal use to remember your visit with us; however, in order to protect the art and copyright adherence, we do have a few restrictions. Photography is not permitted in special exhibitions or areas designated as “No Photography Zones”; works of art on loan from private collections or other institutions may not be photographed. Flash photography and tripods are never allowed.
Where can I have my artwork appraised?
The following organizations can direct you to an appraiser in your region:
Appraisers Association of America
386 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016
(212) 889-5404 phone
(212) 889-5503 fax
International Society of Appraisers
303 West Madison Street, Suite 2650
Chicago, Illinois 60606-3396
American Society of Appraisers
555 Herndon Pky, Ste 125
Herndon, VA 20170
(800) 272-8258 toll-free
(703) 478-2228 phone
(703) 742-8471 fax
www.appraisers.org – Fine Art Appraisals
Things to Know:
Our goal is to keep the art in the galleries safe for visitors and future generations to enjoy. You can help!
- Talk about it! Bring your smart device to extend your experience at the museum and share your visit with your social network! Facebook | Twitter
- Visit GRAM often! GRAM’s collection consists of over 5,000 artworks that consistently rotate through the galleries. GRAM hosts a wide range of dynamic changing temporary exhibitions. You can also visit GRAM for a variety of activities and events. See what’s happening at GRAM: http://www.artmuseumgr.org/visit/calendar/
- Check backpacks, large bags, long umbrellas and balloons. This will allow you to enjoy the artwork without carrying heavy/bulky items and keep the artwork safe.
- Walk to enjoy the artwork. Running, jumping, and fast movements can hurt others and the artwork.
- Guests may take photographs of the permanent collection for their personal use, without the flash. Check for signs near artwork or gallery for artwork that may not be photographed. If you have any questions, please ask guest services or a nearby security guard.
- Use pencils in the galleries, pens might permanently damage artwork and are not permitted.
Please Do Not:
- Please do not touch the art with hands or objects. Even if you cannot see it, your hands have oils and dirt on them that can damage the works of art.
- Please do not consume food, beverages, candy or gum in the galleries. Please feel welcome to ask guest services associates or security guards to help you dispose of these items.
- Please do not talk loudly on your mobile phone in the museum. Everyone enjoys art differently and loud noises can disrupt others’ experiences.
- Please do not smoke on the premises. GRAM is a non-smoking building.