The Teacher Galleries are a platform for teachers in West Michigan to share the unique ways they are using the Grand Rapids Public Museum’s Collection in their classrooms. Explore these Galleries for ideas and inspiration on how you can use the Collections. Share a Gallery with your students and community. Want to feature your newest project? Contact us for more information.
The Grand Rapids Public Museum has over 250,000 artifacts in its collections. These artifacts have been donated by community members since 1854. Only 5% of the total collection is on display at the Museum. In an effort to make the collection accessible to the public the Museum has been working to add photos and descriptions of these artifacts into an online database. In the freshman year of Museum School students will contribute to this work by selecting an artifact of which they are interested and researching the object from multiple perspectives and using diverse lenses. They are unearthing the hidden stories that artifacts carry.
2020 is the centennial of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote and affirming the goals set by suffragettes in their fight against inequality. This collaborative exhibition will explore one hundred years of women who refused to be silenced, committing themselves to breaking stereotypes and shattering gender roles through their persistence and successes. With objects on loan from the Grand Rapids Public Museum we will showcase the work of strong women from West Michigan.
The dates of this exhibit will be August 26 – September 24, 2020