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Gerald R. Ford Museum, Grand Rapids

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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's 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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  • The Gerald Ford Museum goes beyond addressing the life and presidency of Gerald Rudolph "Jerry" Ford to put it into a historical context. There was an awful lot going on at that time - including the.....  more
    The Gerald Ford Museum goes beyond addressing the life and presidency of Gerald Rudolph "Jerry" Ford to put it into a historical context. There was an awful lot going on at that time - including the.....  more »
  • Not sure it matters but this is the Ford Museum, not his library. I have been to two other presidential "libraries" and they seemed to offer more but this is well worth the visit none the less... 
    Not sure it matters but this is the Ford Museum, not his library. I have been to two other presidential "libraries" and they seemed to offer more but this is well worth the visit none the less...  more »
  • This was our first presidential library and we were very impressed with how much was in it. President Ford was a very well accomplished man before he got into politics and married Betty that became... 
    This was our first presidential library and we were very impressed with how much was in it. President Ford was a very well accomplished man before he got into politics and married Betty that became...  more »
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  • This is my second Presidential Museum I've visited and it's taken the lead for being my favorite... We purchased tickets online and had no issues checking in at the entrance. The Michelangelo exhibit was also showing here for a limited time so we were fortunate to tour two exhibits this visit. The flow of the President Ford's timeline was immaculate. There was just enough detail at each station to not feel overwhelmed and get the gist of it. I learned plenty as I toured the stations and was entertained through the journey. The artifacts were fascinating and i loved feeling the history of their presence. I appreciate his journey through a rough time of the United States and the mini-film stations throughout were informative. My favorite sections were the replicas of the Oval Office and Cabinet Room. I loved that you could take a seat in the cabinet room as you explored. Both areas felt interactive because of the scale of the replicas. The gift shop served it's purpose and the staff was friendly. The Gerald Ford Presidential Museum is a definite visit if you're in the area. Enjoy!
  • I love museums! Why not learn something while on vacation? We left lovely South Haven, MI and took a day from the beach and went into Grand Rapids to see the Gerald Ford Museum. Interesting to compare current political events to Nixon/Ford times. Also Betty Ford is pretty amazing. The river walk is pretty and someone was actually fishing! Went to lunch at Bistro Bella Vita, fantastic!
  • Sistine Chapel exhibit was smaller than I expected, but it was so cool to see the replicas of the paintings so close. I wish I would have taken more time. The video was interesting, but I wish it would have had an indication of how long it was. I'm not particularly interested in President Ford, but some of the exhibits and objects were interesting. I enjoyed seeing the replicas of his Oval Office and the conference room (?).
  • We made it a point to come check out the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum on our trip to Grand Rapids and our experience was amazing! The entire staff were extremely helpful during our entire visit. The museum offers several interactive exhibits, and did a great job of teaching everyone more about the life of President Gerald Ford. If you ever have some free time and are in the Grand Rapids area, we'd definitely recommend checking out the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum!!
  • I have visited a couple different presidential museums and this is the smallest. However, it provides a blend of photographs, educational videos, information, and documents. He faced many similar challenges to what the country is facing in 2022. Our favorite part was the book of letters from citizens giving President Ford ideas of how to conserve energy.

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