One of our favorite venues since our inception has been the Grand Rapids Public Museum. While serving thousands of people here we have encountered a number of frequently asked questions. To streamline planning your event, here are some answers to FAQs.

1. What is included in the room rental?

Events are held on the first floor and include their impressive Galleria with dance floor, the Streets of Old Grand Rapids exhibition, the carousel, and all first floor exhibits. Capacity – 350 standing/275 seated.

Rental Rates (4 hour blocks)

  • $2,000 (Monday – Thursday)
  • $3,000 (Friday – Sunday)
  • $500 for an additional hour – Maximum 5 hours

2. How much is parking?

The museum ramp is either $10 per car (through the city of GR) or $800 to buy out the museum ramp (the museum adds this charge onto your final invoice)

3. Do we have to use the list of approved caterers?

Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) carefully evaluates the top catering companies in GR. Vault Catering & Events is proud to be included in this exclusive list.  We work in sync with the venue staff ensuring higher customer satisfaction with overall service. For these reasons, Grand Rapids Public Museum does require you to choose an approved caterer from their list.

4. What sizes are the tables? How many guests can you seat at one table?

GRPM has round tables (8-10 tops), short/tall cocktail tables, and 8-foot tables (for catering, gifts, registration, etc.) These are included in the rental cost of the Museum.

5. What does the caterer include in their pricing?

GRPM includes the following: Tables and chairs, champagne flutes, cake knife/server and card box, wireless handheld microphone for toasts and announcements, and event staff to help coordinate your special day.

Vault Catering & Events handles standard table linens, linen-style napkins, water glassware, plates, silverware, non-alcoholic beverages and of course delicious cuisine! An additional service charge would apply as well.

6. Does GRPM have bar packages?

GRPM does not have bar packages. The charge for alcoholic drinks is based on consumption and there will be a service charge on top of that. Due to state liquor laws, GRPM handles the beverage service exclusively for museum events.

7. How many hours can we have the bar open? 

5 hours max

8. When is our final payment due?

One week prior to the event.

9. Can we rent the facility past midnight?

The maximum rental period for a wedding reception is five hours. Set-up may begin at 3:30pm, receptions may begin at or after 6:00 pm, and the rental period may not extend past 1:00 am.

10. What does GRPM's on-site coordinator do on the day of my event?

GRPM assists with set up and tear down of museum chairs, helps orchestrate the vendors, and assists with audiovisual components that your DJ or entertainment group may need. GRPM is not responsible for decorating an event, however.
11. What does the museum layout look like?
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12.) For additional information about GRPM's event policies, where can I go?
Click Here for GRPM Rental Guidelines