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2010 Annual ReportEmbracing ChangeJuly 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010

From theCHAIRMAN OF THE BOARDTwo years ago, the Grand Rapids Public Museum embraced anew vision.We created new strategic goals that reflect our community’schanging needs and our commitment to sustainability,while respectfully considering our history. We re-imaginedour future.From thePRESIDENT & CEOLeonardo da Vinci was a man of insatiable curiosity and boundlessimagination. For him, anything was possible.In this same spirit, our challenge at the Grand Rapids Public Museumis to inspire each and every visitor to see past what is and imaginewhat could be.During FY 2010, we began to see our vision take shape.Through our talented staff, supportive board and generous donors,we can create and offer learning experiences that no other areainstitution can.We became more accessible, more collaborative and moreinnovative. More than 280,000 people visited the Museum toenjoy exhibits and special events.In fiscal year 2010, we welcomed Leonardo da Vinci: Machines inMotion and Big, BIG BUGS! - two temporary exhibits that drewrecord attendance and introduced new visitors to the wonders of immersive learning.The Museum built new relationships, working with partners to develop unique projects likeMichigan - Land of Riches.We pushed boundaries with Michigan - Land of Riches, a collaborative exhibit held at theMuseum’s former 54 Jefferson location. Local art students and university faculty reinterpretedtreasures from the Museum’s collection as contemporary, multi-media art installations. Theresult? A free-flowing movement of people, thought, conversation and ideas that brought new lifeto a unique and beloved site.Record attendance and new partners are just two of fiscal year 2010’s many milestones. Inthe following pages, you will read about many other fascinating exhibits and lively programs,which captivated visitors of all ages, learning styles and walks of life, during this past year.Our board, staff and volunteers have risen to the challenge of creating a lasting impact inour community. Because of their passion and dedication, you can now experience the GrandRapids Public Museum in ways we once only imagined.We are proud to share the Public Museum’s 2009-2010 successes with you, and we thankyou for your continued interest and support, which made them possible!Last year marked our 155-year anniversary—an amazing milestone for us, and the half-centurymark for an important local supporter. We held the public premiere of the Amway: 50 Years ofHelping People Live Better Lives exhibit.While we look forward to many decades of prosperity ahead, we acknowledge that the Museumcould not have made it all these years without our talented staff and a dedicated community.It is your support that enables us to inspire visitors to explore the world around them, toindulge their curiosity and, like Leonardo da Vinci, to imagine all that can be. Thank you for yourcommitment to our ever evolving, changing and growing Museum!Sincerely,Sincerely,Danny Gaydou, ChairmanGrand Rapids Public Museum Friends FoundationDale A. Robertson, President & CEOGrand Rapids Public Museum23

CelebratingOur SuccessesCommunity Anchor,Regional TreasureThough not without its challenges, fiscalyear 2010 was a year of unprecedentedcollaboration and growth.The Museum worked with regional NativeAmerican groups to transition the funeraryremains and objects from 22 Lower Peninsulaheritage sites from our collection to aconsortium of recognized Michigan tribes.The Grand Rapids Public Museum is a local culturalanchor, as well as a regional treasure that draws newand returning visitors each year.As a convener and facilitator, we partner withand bring institutions and individuals together inthe pursuit of insight and understanding. nAs a collector, we preserve the treasures of thepast and present—to be used for teaching thelessons of the future. nAs a motivator, we inspire discovery learning. nAs a resource, we provide life-long learning, inpart, as an extension of our community’s formaleducational systems.n The Museum participated in ArtPrize for the first time, featuring 4 large scale pieces on ourfront and back lawns. n A record 363 children enrolled in science, history and astronomy-focused Camp Curiosity sessions.n 47,495 visitors rolled up their sleeves and delved into the artistry and ingenuity of the master’sinventions during Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion’s 17-week run.n Some 50 costumed characters entertained a sold-out crowd during Night at Your Museum.n The Museum launched an enhanced online collection database creating accessibility to morethan 162,008 items from our extensive collection that are not currently on display. We recognized key figures in the Museum’sown history. The Inaugural Van Andel FamilyThe Museum is uniquely able to bridge generations,share stories and new ideas, and create community.We stay true to our mission, and enhance the lives ofpeople in our community through four vital roles: nFY2010Program HighlightsLegacy Awards Gala honored the 66 menand women who helped build the Van Andeln Sponsored by DTE Energy Foundation, the annual Ethnic Heritage Festival brought 2,500 peopleto the Museum for a free day of music, dance and culinary delights.n The larger-than-life Big, BIG BUGS! swarmed into town, entrancing kids young and old. Museum Center and, who enjoyed thecelebratory opening of Amway: 50 Years ofHelping People Live Better Lives.Your Museum increased accessibility byextending Tuesday evening hours. Bundledexhibit admission packages, discountedadmission during Snowflake Break and freeadmission during ArtPrize made the Museummore accessible than ever.Finally, we renewed our commitment tosustainability, securing a highly competitiveWhile we dutifully fulfill our core purpose as aconservator of the past, we acknowledge that theMuseum is also in the business of the future, addingon-going value to our region as a whole. 220,000 grant from the NationalEndowment for the Humanities to supportthe Museum’s green initiatives.45

At a GlancePhilanthropy in ActionIn fiscal year 2010, we embraced the changes begun the year before and continued to reap the benefits ofinnovative programming, extended evening hours and exhibition excellence.13.2% Increase inFront Desk Ticketed Admissions35,000FY10FY09FY08# of attendees per month30,000Every artifact in our collection of more than 245,000 is a snapshotin time. Permanent displays on three floors evoke emotion andconnect our visitors with our region’s distinct heritage. Our everchanging exhibits and programs are a feast for the senses, andbring the arts, history and science to life.177,927157,21292,30820092008As a historic regional treasure, the Museum embraces ouropportunity to inspire, engage and enlighten our community.201025,000The Public Museum is pleased to recognize our manybenefactors, whose gifts of time, talent and treasure allow usto preserve our community’s history and shape an even brighterfuture.20,00015,000Generous support from individuals, foundations and corporations has a lasting impact on ourvisitors, particularly those from underserved communities. These contributions make it possible forthousands of children and adults to see, touch, feel and hear all that the Museum offers. Last year,notable contributions from individual and institutional donors helped ship - 3% IncreaseFY10 4,484FY09 4,335MarAprMayJunn Free days including our annual Ethnic Heritage Festival.Overall Visitors - 7% IncreaseFY08 2,752FY10 283,044FY09 265,068FY08 187,282FY2010 ExpensesFY2010 RevenuesDonations, Grants andEarnings on Assetsn Museum passes for clients of local organizations that serve those strugglingwith illness and abuse. ngaisinatiortsimin d nsAd aneratioOprFundAdmissions and Sales42%Donations, Grants and Earnings on Assets 58%Exhibits and ProgrammingFundraisingAdministration and Operations6n Scholarships that enabled children to experience the magic of the planetarium,participate in Native American Days and attend engineering camp.n Growing up Green – where students learned fun and educational ways tomake a positive impact in their homes, neighborhoods and schools, using thefour R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rethink.Exhibits and ProgrammingAdmissionsand SalesWe depend on your individual support!Febn Admission to Front Row for the Fireworks on July 4, for foster children andwards of the court.n Museum on the Move, an initiative to better reach underserved elementaryschool children and build their reading comprehension through connectionsto the Museum’s collections.81%6%13%7

THANK YOUGrand RapidsPublic MuseumFriends FoundationTo the Generous People Listed Below Danny R. Gaydou, ChairFY2010 DonorsCarol Van Andel, Vice ChairRich Noreen, Secretary/TreasurerMatching GiftCompaniesJohn CanepaJohn DeanGilda Gely, Ph.D.Birgit M. KlohsDonald MaineDale A. RobertsonSteele A. TaylorLarry TitleyMike VanGesselThomas WesholskiJim WilliamsCasey WondergemKaplin Jones, CounselAT&T FoundationBank of America FoundationGE FoundationIBM International FoundationMerrill Lynch & Co. Foundation, Inc.SoundOff SignalSteelcase FoundationSteelcase Inc.Steve & Cindy Van AndelFoundationVeldheer, Long, Mackay &Bernecker Group ofMerrill LynchPeter M. WegeWolverine World Wide, Inc.Sebastian FoundationTargetVan Dyken Mechanical, Inc.West Side Beer Distributing 1,000 AnonymousRajene & Gregory BetzHydraulics, Inc. 5,000 BucherCascade EngineeringThe Community Foundation ofAnonymousthe Holland/Zeeland Area Bank of AmericaBrooks Family FundBlue Cross Blue Shield of MICrowe Horwath LLPPeter Cornelius Cook 100,000 CWD Real Estate InvestmentCuster Workplace InteriorsBill & Marjorie DaroogeDavenportUniversityAmwayHenry A. Fox SalesDeloitte&ToucheUSALLPAnonymous (2)Charles & Bette FullerDyer-IvesFoundationThe Daniel and Pamella DeVosGrand Haven Area , Inc. - F. Martin &GrandValleyStateUniversityThe Richard and Helen DeVosDorothy Johnson FundMarge&JackGreinerFoundationGrandRapids Community CollegeRalphW.HauensteinDick and Betsy DeVos FoundationGrandRapids CommunityIsraelsDesignsForLiving,Inc.Douglas and Maria DeVosFoundation- Herbert ndofFerrisStateUniversityDavid and Carol Van AndelDirk & Victoria HoffiusLacks Enterprises, Inc.FoundationWin & Kyle IrwinMeijerInc.VanderWeide Family FoundationMichael & Susan JandernoaLouis & Helen Padnos FoundationVirgil & May JohanningsmeierPerrigo FoundationThe Korff FoundationPNC Bank 25,000 Mark & Mary Beth MeijerGrace Schouten EstateDTE Energy FoundationPokagon Band of PotawatomiSMG ManagementBea IdemaIndiansSteele A. TaylorJohn & Nancy KennedySaint Mary’s Health CareUniversal Forest Products, Inc.Michigan Council For Arts &Jim & Sue WilliamsJames and Almeda Vander WaalsCultural AffairsFoundationThe Slemons FoundationVarnum, Riddering, Schmidt & 500 Howlett LLPVeolia Energy Grand Rapids LLCAAUW Grand Rapids Branch 10,000 Warner Norcross & Judd LLPAmerican Seating CompanyAnonymous (2)William & Janice CurrieDavid L. DeBruynFifth Third BankHoward Miller CompanyJ. C. HuizengaHuntington BankIrwin Seating CompanyMSU - College of HumanMedicineNational Park ServiceRichard & Ruth PostmaSpectrum Health System 2,500 BDO Seidman, LLPGrand Rapids Area Chamberof CommerceGriffin Service CompaniesHerb & Sharon LantingaMacatawa BankMetro Health HospitalNotions MarketingOwen-Ames-Kimball Co.Rockford Construction Company, Inc.8AnonymousAquinas CollegeAsphalt Refining CompanyHugh & Marilyn BarnardScott & Natalie BerneckerBetz IndustriesBouma CorporationBill & Marilyn CrawfordMimi F. CummingsJason & Angela DetterSandra R. DonkerEllis Parking Company, Inc.Marlin J. FeyenChuck & Barbara FiskMichael & Paula FreedDanny & Lou Ann GaydouGene J. GilmoreGVSU Cook-DeVos Ctr forHealth SciencesRon & Nancy HagerDick & Sandy HansenMary Ann KeelerDonald & Elizabeth KlopcicAnne & Russell LittleWilliam & Amy MackayDavid MorgensternOppenheimer & Co., Inc.George & Bess OrphanBill & Karen PalmorePeter M. & Carroll G. PerezVirgil & Louise PhelpsPioneer ConstructionProgressive AEChuck & Stella RoyceR. H. ScottAmbassador & Mrs. Peter F. SecchiaWilhelm W. & Mary A. SeegerLee StrodtmanValley City LinenSteven & Sharon Van LoonJames & Mary VeldheerKay Zuris 250 The Honorable Justin Amash &Kara AmashSally & Craig AndersonAnonymous (2)John & Nancy BarrowsSyd & Mary BaxterStuart & Ann BermanKarl & Patricia BetzMark & Catherine BissellGeorge & Sibilla BoerigterConrad A. BradshawKarl & Darlene BraunschneiderMarjean & Clay BrillhartGregory BrownJames R. & Helen E. BullChuck & Mary Jo BurpeeCitadel Broadcasting CompanyThe Community Foundation ofthe Holland/Zeeland Area Esther & Seymour Padnos FundJohn & Jane DeanMark E. Derwent & Kimberly ScottScott & Terri DevonSydney H. EdlundFounders Bank & TrustKarilyn FrederickRobert GoodrichGrand Rapids SymphonyBarbara GrootersRick & Carol HackbarthDoug & Rosemary HepferCharlene & Timothy HillRobert L. & Judith S. HookerMark & Jean KastenholzBlake & Mary KruegerWillard & Carolyn LarkinKate & John McGarryPatricia MillsCyril F. MooreRichard L. NoreenRuth & Mark OldenburgDaniel & Patricia OphoffKaren PanavasAngelo & Jennifer PorcariMargaret & Owen PyleJohn & Janet ShipmanSheila & Chad SimonsBrent & Diane SlayDavid L. & Janice M. ThompsonWayne & Diane TitcheLarry & Julia TitleyKreigh & Monica TomaszewskiMichelle & Mike Van DykeDavid & Beverly VerdierGary & Janice WalkerSteven & Rebecca WestphalSusan O. WoldWondergem Consulting, Inc. 150 Associated Insurance DesignPhyllis BallCharlie BaloghThomas & Sandra BlackwellSusan BogardusRobert & Suzanne BowmanGeorge & Willa BrownRobert & Barbara ChristianStephen & Mary CohleBill & Maxine CorderAlan & Michelle DavisJoy & Jim DeboerGary & Joyce DeWittDaniel & Kate DiedrichJay & Kimberly EganJames & Gail FahnerCharles & Julie FrayerJohn & Patricia GelderloosAnita M. GilleoGrandville Printing Co.Lester & Jean HaneyBruce & Chris HaydenPeter C. & Rosemary HessMark & Candace HinshawGeraldin & Brian HotchkissDave & Emily JasperseJulian I. Joseph, M.D.Brigid KloostraMary Esther LeeThe Honorable & Mrs. John H. LogieEugene G. LyonsErnest & Lorraine MalkewitzMaryann & Ted MastertonBetsy B. MathiesenJoseph & Linda Mc CormickSteven A. MelnykDick & Maureen MorrisonCarol & Jon MuthWillis & Valerie NelsonLes & Barbara NeumanLinda PattersonMike & Linda RobertsJames & Ann RosloniecMichael RosloniecHelen Hutchins RossanoStanley & Phyllis SaganskiKurt & Pam SchabesJohn & Judy SchneiderSunny SjaardaJerry & Judith SubarGregory & Audrey SundstromThomas & Peggy TepperLester & Cynthia ThomasElton & Bea Van PernisKris & Ron Vander BoonLewis & Norma VanKuikenCaroline S. WaltzJohn & Maribeth WardropKaren WoltersMarv & Mary WoodGifts In KindCBS OutdoorRegent BroadcastingStar 105.7WGVU BroadcastingAda Bike ShopBerends Hendricks Stuit InsuranceAgency, Inc.Grand Hotel on MackinacJW Marriott Grand RapidsRegent BroadcastingSpartan Stores, Inc.Steelcase Inc.Storytelling PicturesThe Gardening Angel Inc.The Grand Rapids Press9Watermark Country ClubWilliams Kitchen & BathConklin Ceili BandTheatarch Design Solutions, LLCWGVU BroadcastingGiftsto the CollectionAntiquities Company LLCTom BantleDouglas BehrendtBeltone Hearing CentersTom BranchJustine BryantRuth BumsteadHarry BurnsChristian G. CarronMarianne DeBruineGeorge & Margot FerrisJames FoerchHarold D. GarterDonn & Patricia GatesMichael & Carol GibaMargaret HammondElizabeth HeysRyan HippJohn R. HuntingRobert IronsideWin & Kyle IrwinLabor Heritage Society of West MIJack Loeks Theatres, Inc.Veronica KandlGeorgia & Hugh MakensMarilyn MerdzinskiRoxann MonroeLouis J. NowakKaren ParaquetteMelissa PlankTimothy PriestTrudy RantaToni RuggRob SchuitemaFrances ShawMerril SmithStephen SniderDouglas StartDavid L. & Janice M. ThompsonCharles TravisPieter & Gail TuitLouis VanKoeveringArthur & Donna VanZytveldDiane VeneklasenLorraine WarlickJohn WeissEleanor WhiteMary WisnewskiBarbara J. WrightAdolph & Marian York

By the Numbers283,04426Full time staffEstimated2,000Total Visitors14,443participants atCity-wideHarvest Moon Watchviewing stations4,484MembersVolunteer hours worked47,49527,495Visitors attendedLeonardo da Vinci: Machines in MotionStudentsvisiting duringschool field trips16Porta Potties rented duringMichigan - Land of Richesrun, with rintendantsand their family members attendedthe free Educators Preview Night59,730Visitors attendedBig, BIG BUGS!750scoops of Gelato servedduring da Vinci di NotteeveningsTicketed admissions17Service OrganizationMembers that brought631visitors last year626New items accessioned to the collection1011

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The Grand Rapids Public Museum is a local cultural anchor, as well as a regional treasure that draws new . Bucher Hydraulics, Inc. Cascade Engineering The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area - Brooks Family Fund . Blue Cross Blue Shield of MI Peter Cornelius Cook Custer Workplace Interiors Davenport University