Last updated: 3/27/2009
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Street Address
1000 East Beltline NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Mailing Address
1000 East Beltline NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Hours
Monday, Wednesday - Saturday9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday9 AM - 9 PM
Sunday12 PM - 5 PM
The Gardens is open 362 days a year. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day
Admissions
Please see our website for our family rates, group rates, school rates and other information.
Staff
Kathy Kane-Lane, Development/Communications
Chris Smith, Gift Shop Manager/Buyer
phone: 616-975-3176
Description

Comprised of 125 acres of natural wetlands, woodlands, meadows and botanical gardens, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is a year round experience with indoor tropical, arid, Carnivorous, Victorian and seasonal gardens, world class changing sculpture gallery with shows by international artists, and outdoor acreage featuring a world-class sculpture park, children's garden, historic Michigan's farm garden, amphitheater for summer concert events, nature trails and board walks. The integration of horticulture and sculpture flows throughout the site, uniquely blending both art and nature, setting it apart from other more traditional botanic gardens or art museum experiences. Described as "a national treasure" by President Jimmy Carter, Frederik Meijer Gardens has grown to become an international destination in a short span of time. Distinguished by sculptures from well-known artists such as Rodin, Moore, Oldenberg, DiSuvero, and many others, the sculpture representation is significant to the Midwest region on equal terms with other well known arts institutions in the world.

Mission

To promote the enjoyment, understanding, and appreciation of gardens, sculpture, the natural environment, and the arts.

History

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park opened in April 1995 after 13 years of planning and fundraising by the West Michigan Horticultural Society. In 1990, Frederik and Lena Meijer were asked for their support, and they embraced the concept of a major cultural attraction centering around horticulture and sculpture. The original vision has turned into a top cultural destination within the Midwest region, known internationally for the quality of its art and gardens. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is a non-profit organization, privately funded by grants, foundations, and individual and corporate gifts. Meijer Gardens is operated by almost 200 full and part time staff, over 800 volunteers and supported by gifts from more than 17,000 member households and many donors. Our dream, our commitment is to create a legacy of lifelong learning, enjoyment, and a rich cultural experience for generations to come.

Library

Access: General Public, Students, Scholars

Appointment required: No

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