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      Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

      Michigan's second most popular tourist attraction ... one of the world's 100 most visited art museums ... one of the Top 30 Must-See Museums on the planet.

      These are just some of the accolades earned by Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Just minutes from downtown Grand Rapids, this 158-acre haven integrates horticulture and sculpture throughout its site, setting it apart from other more traditional botanic garden or art museum experiences.

      Due to COVID-19 restrictions, FMG is operating at 50% of guest capacity through the month of June. Other precautions include:

      • New entrance procedures
      • Asking that guests maintain proper physical distancing of at least 6 feet from others
      • Requiring face coverings for unvaccinated guests over the age of 2 when in enclosed public spaces. Vaccinated guests do not need to wear a face mask.
      • Additional cleaning and sanitizing by our facility attendants
      • Hand sanitizing stations
      • Limited capacity and contact tracing forms in the James & Shirley Balk Café. Food purchased in the Balk Café may be consumed in the café.
      • Snacking is only allowed in designated areas
      • Some areas are temporarily closed

      Michigan’s broad COVID-19 epidemic order will be lifted July, and FMG will announce new operating procedures.

      For the most current information regarding enhanced safety procedures and a map showing areas that are temporarily closed, visit MeijerGardens.org/COVID

      How to Experience Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park:

      Do I need to purchase tickets in advance?

      No, all tickets are purchased on-site at the Gardens’ main admission desk.

      Are there timed tickets?


      What are the current hours of operation?

      Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is open Monday-Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sunday from 11am to 5pm.

      Do I have to come at a specific time?


      What can I expect when I arrive?

      The pathway leading to the main entrance has been widened and marked with arrows to separate people entering and leaving the facility. Plexiglass barriers have been installed at points of interaction between guess and workers. Signs at the main entrance inform guests that they should visit at another time if they are feeling unwell and that they need to wear masks indoors. Physical distancing reminders have been placed throughout the facility.

      Will they take my temperature?


      Do we have to wear masks?

      Yes, all visitors and workers over the age of five are required to wear a mask at all times inside the facility, unless they are physically unable to wear one. Guests may temporarily remove masks while eating/drinking in the Café or Snacking Area. Guests should also consider wearing masks outside in the Sculpture Park if they cannot maintain at least 6’ distance from people outside their own household.

      How many people area allowed to enter?

      Indoor attractions are limited to 50% of normal visitor capacity by order of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The Gardens limits capacity to ensure proper distancing.

      Is there an on-site restaurant open?

      The James & Shirley Balk Café has altered its menu to offer a variety of grab-and-go items, made fresh daily. Due to current guidelines, staff must collect the name and phone number of all parties who choose to dine in. Otherwise, all food and beverages can be taken to-go and enjoyed in the Meijer-Shedleski Picnic Pavilion.

      Are there sanitation areas?

      No-touch hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the facility, including near entry points. Meijer Gardens has implemented a cleaning plan and enhanced infection-control measures in accordance with CDC Guidance.

      Are there parts of the attraction that are closed?

      Areas and grounds that are closed are clearly marked. Click here for a map showing closed areas.

      Learn from former Chief Curator, Joseph Becherer


      The opening of the Richard and Helen DeVos Japanese Garden. Japanese gardens, known for shakkei, or borrowed view, are among the world's most revered and treasured garden styles. On June 13, 2015, the eight-acre Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park opened to the public, enhancing the venue's existing displays of sculpture and horticulture. Tranquility, simplicity, and beauty are the essence of a Japanese garden- something long appreciated by Fred and Lena Meijer, whose experiences with and shared love of the form led to asking about one being added to Meijer Gardens. 

      Gardens Highlights

      • Arid Garden
      • Carnivorous Plant House
      • Children's Garden
      • English Perennial Garden
      • Japanese Garden
      • Michigan's Farm Garden
      • Seasonal Display Greenhouse
      • Tropical Conservatory
      • Victorian Garden
      • Woodland Shade Garden

      Sculpture Park Highlights

      • Midwest's most comprehensive outdoor sculpture collection
      • Works from Rodin, Degas, Miro and many more
      • Rotating exhibits dedicated to sculpture traditions of all periods

      Annual Events

      • Butterflies are Blooming - March-April
      • Chrysanthemums and More! - September-October
      • Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World - November-January

      Summer Concert Series - 2021 Season is Back!

      An annual concert series runs June through August and features major artists like Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett and Brandi Carlile in a stunning outdoor setting.


      Enjoy lunch (or a Tuesday dinner) at Taste of the Gardens Café, underneath a dazzling ceiling sculpture by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. The menu features sandwiches, salads, entrees and a kid's menu.


      • Getting Around: The interior halls are wide and level.

        There is a large elevator to the lower level near the lobby.

        The outdoor paths in the Sculpture Garden are wide.
      • Wheelchairs:
      • Accessible Parking:
      • Accessible Restrooms:
      • Signs with Braille:
      • Large Print Materials:
      • Family Restrooms:
      • Automatic Doors:
      • Lactation Room:
      • Parking: Frederik Meijer Gardens parking lot at 1000 E. Beltline NE. — 0.0 miles from the venue.

        The main entrance is located near the accessible parking spaces.
      • Sensory: The facility experiences very high traffic during events, and noise levels may become high during peak hours.

        The interior spaces are very well lit.
      • Entrance: There are activated power doors at the main and side entrances. The sidewalks at the main entrance are flush with the parking lot surface.

        There is a lowered counter in the lobby.
      • Seating: Chair and bench seating is available throughout the facility.

        There is chair and table seating available in the Taste of the Gardens Café.
      • Restrooms: There are several large Men’s and Women’s multi-user style Restrooms with accessible stalls available. There is a single-user style Restroom present in the main lobby. There is a Men’s and Women’s multi-user style Restroom on the lower level.

        There are public multi-user restrooms available in the sculpture park proper, and in the Michigan’s Farm Farmhouse.

        The Amphitheater has public restrooms.

      Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

      • 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE
      • Grand Rapids, MI 49525
      • (616) 957-1580
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