Grand Rapids Art Museum

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Grand Rapids Art Museum
Grand Rapids Art Museum (logo).png
Established 1910
Location 101 Monroe Center Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

255,000 (estimate, 2010)[1]

  • Ranked 8th largest cultural institution in Michigan based on 2010 attendance figures[2]
Director Dana Friis-Hansen, Director and CEO
Architect Munkenbeck+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.


The statement of purpose of the Grand Rapids Art Museum reads:

Focusing on art, design, and creativity, GRAM will provide diverse platforms for experiences, ideas, and dialogue that enrich the human spirit and build practical learning skills. Through dynamic exhibitions, collections, learning initiatives, and community collaborations, GRAM will increasingly serve as a cultural beacon and civic anchor.[3]


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 residence, it moved to an historic Federal Building 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.[4] 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. ^ "Grand Rapids Art Museum: About". Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "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