Top 100 Art Museum–right here in Grand Rapids

Mom, daughter and favorite sculpture Mad Mama

Mom, daughter and our favorite sculpture “Mad Mama”

I remember back to my first visit to Frederik Meijer Gardens thinking “well, this has potential, but it’s pretty small potatoes compared to Kew Gardens in London, or the Chicago Botanic Garden.” Clearly my crystal ball (or more likely Magic 8 ball) was broken that day, since “the Gardens”, as my four-year-old daughter calls them, have been named in the list of 100 most visited art museums in the world. Yep, that’s in the WHOLE WORLD.

And of course I left off half of their name. It’s actually Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Since my daughter came along, I haven’t been able to linger too often in the sculpture park, or gaze for very long at the special exhibitions, because we spend pretty much all of our time in the perfectly designed Children’s Garden.

Chihuly Sculpture

Chihuly Sculpture

We did catch the Chihuly exhibition last year, which was amazing, and the Gardens continue to bring in top artists and showcase their work. I love being able to visit an art museum with my family where there’s something for everyone: gardens and sculptures and butterflies and even huge sand and water play areas for the kids.

And apparently I’m not the only one who thinks this way! Frederik Meijer Garden is the only museum listed on the Top 100 list in the Midwest besides the Art Institute of Chicago, and the only museum listed in Michigan. Wow!

Check with any of our locations to see if a one-time membership is available for you to check out and visit the Gardens for free!

Beautiful Butterfly

Beautiful Butterfly

6 Responses to “Top 100 Art Museum–right here in Grand Rapids”

  1. April 16, 2012 at 7:45 am #

    Tom Otterness had the best sculptures in our city.  ***SIGH***

  2. April 16, 2012 at 11:46 am #

    Not only are they a world-class facility, they also provide world-class customer service. Ever interaction I have ever had there with a staff member or volunteer has been friendly and helpful. Makes me proud to be a member!

  3. April 16, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

    Tom Otterness had the best sculptures in our city.  ***SIGH***

  4. April 16, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

    Not only are they a world-class facility, they also provide world-class customer service. Ever interaction I have ever had there with a staff member or volunteer has been friendly and helpful. Makes me proud to be a member!

  5. April 17, 2012 at 4:17 am #

    Loved the Chihuly exhibit! I also enjoy seeing the butterflies every year and the Christmas trees. Congratulations to a great museum!

  6. April 17, 2012 at 9:17 am #

    Loved the Chihuly exhibit! I also enjoy seeing the butterflies every year and the Christmas trees. Congratulations to a great museum!