Gerald R. Ford Museum, Grand Rapids

Interactive exhibits and a collection of 20,000 artifacts and memorabilia at Gerald R. Ford Museum allow you to learn about the life of the former president, his wife, and political partners. Browse through hands-on galleries, see videos and holographic displays, and experience sound and light shows portraying historical events and highlights. You can join in a typical work day at the Oval Office complete with actors voicing Ford, Rockefeller, and other important people. For a taste of pop-culture from the era, you can view memorabilia from the 1970s including platform shoes and eight-track tapes. The museum is also Ford'sĀ final resting place. To visit Gerald R. Ford Museum on your trip to Grand Rapids, use our Grand Rapids tour itinerary tool .
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  • A great memorial to a great President and First Lady. Very informative. Beautiful artifacts. The grounds are so peaceful in the middle of the city of Grand Rapids. Easy to get to, easy and free parkin...  more »
  • We debated visiting this museum or another and we were so happy that we came here. First, the museum is well laid out with a mix of displays, videos and exhibits. Second, there was so much great histo...  more »
  • We came to town to visit family from oregon and wanted to do some site seeing. We decided to check this place out. It was truly an excellent experience, my son who loves cars had a blast. It was reall...  more »
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  • Love a great presidential museum - and this is one. Beautiful location within walking distance of downtown. Love their treatment of the Watergate years and how Ford essentially sealed his fate for reelection by pardoning Nixon. But he knew it was what the country needed. Very selfless act by an underrated president. If you are walking around Grand Rapids visiting the many great breweries, this will be a good stop if you need a break.
  • Our first Presidential Museum visit! Extremely interesting and educational. There museum was remodeled two years ago and has many interactive exhibits. An enjoyable way to learn more about President Gerald Ford and history.
  • My 9 year old patriotic history buff loved this museum! It was education and interesting. Also loved the reasonable ticket prices.
  • Great remodel. It is much better than when I was a kid. Great for school and cub/boy scouts and history nerds like me.
  • I have been to many Presidential Libraries and Museums and this one is a real treat. The museum is well laid out and thorough. The grounds and gravesite are well maintained and respectful. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The ticket/sales receptionist went out of her way to ensure a nice visit. The security guard even radioed another to keep open the gravesite open a few minutes late so we could pay our respects. Our baby had a great time throughout the museum this past Sunday too. The only thing missing is information on President Ford's Golden Retriever named Liberty! An oversight that can be easily addressed.
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