Know Before You Go


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Conference Hotel 


Conference registration is located in the Center Concourse and open during the following times:

  • Wednesday, October 2, 2019 – 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 3, 2019 – 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 4, 2019 – 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

**Saturday events are off site at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. Check-in will also be available onsite at Meijer Gardens for pre-registered attendees traveling directly to the venue.


Valet parking is located in the motor lobby off of the Pearl Street entrance. Self-parking is available in the Amway Grand Parking Ramp which is located on the corner of Pearl Street and Monroe Avenue with entrances on Campau and Pearl Streets.

Overnight Registered Guest Rates:

Valet Parking = $35.00

Self-Parking $32.00

Standard Published Non-Overnight Guest Parking Rates:

Valet Parking

Hourly $10 to $32

Max Daily Rate = $36


Hourly $3 to $28

Max Daily Rate = $32

Nursing Room

There is a nursing room located on the lobby level of the Amway hotel. Guests of the Amway can use this room with their key card and day guests can check out a key card from us at registration.

Shops and Restaurants

RENDEZVOUS For breakfast buffet and evening drinks and light eats.

THE KITCHEN BY WOLFGANG PUCK Casual lunch and dinner dining overlooking the Grand River.

THE KITCHEN COUNTER BY WOLFGANG PUCK Quick made-to-order breakfast and lunch items.

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Serving steak, seafood, classic sides and homemade desserts for dinner.

GP SPORTS A sports bar serving casual fare for both lunch and dinner.

LUMBER BARON BAR A historic bar with premium drinks and the menu from Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

STARBUCKS Specialty coffee drinks, teas, sandwiches and more.

SHOPS Plaza Essentials Gift Shop, Plaza Men’s Shop, Boutique Emmanuel, Emmanuel Too, & The Spa and Salon

Fitness Center

The Amway Grand Plaza’s fitness center and pool will have limited access due to construction during the month of October. Attendees can access these facilities before 8:00am and after 6:00pm. The Amway will provide complimentary access to the JW Marriott fitness center and pool during daytime hours.**


Conference Lunches

Thursday, October 3, 2019
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
AMM Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon
Ambassador Ballroom

Friday, October 4, 2019
12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
MMA Business Meeting and Awards Lunch Sponsored by The Henry Ford
Ambassador Ballroom

AMM and MMA lunches are open to everyone, not just members of those organizations. They require pre-registration for $5 which is included in the Full-Conference package or can be added through September 16th by logging back into your registration account and adding to cart.

Walkable Eats

Ato Sushi, Littlebird, Roam by San Chez Bistro, Bull’s Head Tavern, Angel’s Thai Cafe, Electric Hero Grand Rapids, Mixology, Sundance Grill & Bar, Big O’s Cafe, Forty Pearl, Cinco de Mayo, CitySen Lounge, Madcap Coffee, Jamnbean Coffee Company


This year’s venue is unique, as it’s in walking distance from most museums in town. All evening events are walking rain or shine. We will provide transportation options for those with mobility needs, just stop by registration to let us know.

Getting Around Downtown

The DASH Shuttle offers a great way to get around downtown. DASH buses pass every stop every 8 minutes and are Fare-Free. There are even multiple stops right outside the conference hotel.

Saturday at Meijer Gardens

Transportation will be provided to and from the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park for Saturday’s sessions. Buses will depart the hotel from the Lyon Street Entrance of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel at  8:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. and will return on a rotating schedule. With 158 acres to explore, we highly recommend comfortable shoes!

Feel free to drive to Meijer Gardens if you would like to leave directly from there. There is plenty of onsite parking. Gardens are located at 1000 E. Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525.

Other Information

Conference Photography

We will have a photographer and social media ambassadors helping us capture all of the activities taking place at this year’s conference.

Use of Photos and Video: By registering for and attending the Association of Midwest Museums (AMM) and Michigan Museums Association (MMA) conference, you grant AMM and MMA and their authorized representatives permission to film, photograph, or otherwise record your participation in the event. You further agree that such images, photographs, and recordings may be used by AMM and MMA without your prior approval in any form and for any lawful purpose including, without limitation, promoting AMM or MMA. Such use will not entitle you to any credit or compensation. You release AMM and MMA, their officers, and employees from any liability connected with the use of any image, photograph, or recording taken during the AMM and MMA 2019 Joint Conference.