If buildings could talk, they would tell stories, just the way we do.
The Judy Garland Museum® was founded in 1975 by Jackie Dingmann to honor this great 20th Century artist, and Grand Rapids native, Judy Garland. The new 13,000 square foot Museum observed its grand opening in June 2003. Paired with the Children’s Discovery Museum, the Judy Garland Museum ® provides an eclectic collection of Judy Garland memorabilia and the restored Judy Garland Historic House.
“Everything I can remember about Grand Rapids has charm and gaiety, you know, and I remember when I – the first time I can remember singing when anybody took any notice was, my father was playing the piano, and I had a little girl friend, I don’t remember her name, but she was so small, maybe around 2, and my dad taught us to sing 'My Country T'is of Thee', my dad played the upright piano and conned my mom and sisters into listening to us.
- Judy Garland