Grand Rapids Art Museum

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Grand Rapids Art Museum
Grand Rapids Art Museum (logo).png
Location101 Monroe Center Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
Visitors255,000 (estimate, 2010)[1]
  • Ranked 8th largest cultural institution in Michigan based on 2010 attendance figures[2]
DirectorDana Friis-Hansen, Director and CEO
ArchitectMunkenbeck+Marshall Architects, 2002-2004 & Kulapat Yantrasast of wHY Architecture, 2004-completion

The Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) is an art museum located in Grand Rapids, Michigan with collections ranging from Renaissance to Modern Art and special collections on 19th and 20th-century European and American art. Its holdings include notable modern art works such as Richard Diebenkorn’s 1963 Ingleside. The museum has in its collection 5,000 works of art, including over 3,500 prints, drawings and photographs.

Mission: Connecting people through art, creativity, and design.

Vision: Leading and inspiring West Michigan to be the most creative and imaginative community in the world.

Strategic Priorities: 1. Develop diverse audiences. 2. Create exceptional art and learning experiences. 3. Build institutional strength.


The museum was founded in 1910 under the name Grand Rapids Art Gallery, which was soon altered to its present name. Initially based in a former residence at 230 Fulton Street, it moved to the historic Federal Building on Pearl Street in 1981.

In 2004, construction began on a new green museum building, which was to be the world's first LEED certified art museum. The 125,000 square feet (11,600 m2) building, which features 20,000 square feet (1,900 m2) of gallery and exhibition space, has been certified LEED Gold.[3] London-based Munkenbeck+Marshall Architects was appointed architect for the new building in 2002 and developed the design from initial concept to construction document phase. In summer 2004, the museum board terminated Munkenbeck+Marshall's involvement and hired architect Kulapat Yantrasast of wHY Architecture to complete the project.


  1. ^ West Michigan attractions among top in state based on 2010 attendance February 18, 2011
  2. ^ West Michigan attractions among top in state based on 2010 attendance February 18, 2011
  3. ^ "About The Building". Grand Rapids Art Museum. Retrieved September 12, 2015.

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Coordinates: 42°57′54″N 85°40′17″W / 42.9650°N 85.6714°W / 42.9650; -85.6714