Grand Rapids Public Museum opens new Native American exhibit tomorrow

Grand Rapids Public Museum opens a new exhibit tomorrow.
Grand Rapids Public Museum opens a ‘Walking Beyond Our Ancestors’ Footsteps: An Urban Native American Experience.’

The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) announced today a new regional traveling exhibit titled Walking Beyond Our Ancestors’ Footsteps: An Urban Native American Experience will open Saturday, April 2.


This exhibition invites visitors to step into the gaze of a few of the Native Americans who have lived, worked and studied in the greater Grand Rapids area over the mid-20th and 21st centuries and features contemporary artwork by local Native American artists. The show contains historic documents and objects made by local Native Americans during the past several decades.


Walking Beyond our Ancestors Footsteps will be in the Museum’s Circle Theater, a 800-square-foot area on the third floor located next to the core exhibition Anishinabek: The People of This Place. Admission will be included with general admission to the GRPM. This exhibit will be on display through June 19.


This exhibit is part of the work completed in conjunction with the “Gi-gikinomaage-min (We are all teachers): Defend Our History, Unlock Your Spirit” project, which is managed by the Kutsche Office of Local History at Grand Valley State University. That project has been supported in part by the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. To learn more, go here.