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'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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  • This local museum of a former president is actually run by the Smithsonian. Though small, it fully captures the feeling, political and social currents at the time of his administration. Worth a visit ...  more »
  • My father and law had the opportunity to visit this gem in between basketball ball games at Calvin college. It was neat to learn about a president I didn't know much about. It was very informative on ...  more »
  • In a way it’s hard to believe Gerald Ford was President. But he was a decent man and his helped guide our country through a tumultuous time. His museum preserves his memory and is something you should...  more »
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  • I really enjoyed my time at the museum. This place is packed full of information and artifacts from his life. I enjoyed taking the time to read every little thing I could, and to soak up all that was offered. I will say, this probably isn’t a place fore younger children. I went when it was free admission, and a lot of families were there to take advantage of that, understandably. I just don’t think that this museum caters to the children very well, and they were getting bored. This was most frustrating when I was at the exhibit detailing his death and funeral. During the touching and somewhat emotional video of his eulogies, parents were heard screaming at their children who were running and goofing off in this particular exhibit. I gave them 4 stars, instead of 5, due to the gift shop being kind of “hokey.” There were a lot of things that are red, white, and blue themed for the older ladies and their pets, but very little literature, t-shirts, or hats. I settled on one of the two coffee mugs that were offered, and a magnet.
  • Gives a nice view of Gerald Ford and particularly his time as President. It has a full size representation of both the cabinet room and oval office which can give you a real impression of what they are like. Also thinking through his history of Eagle Scout to the Navy in WW2 and then Congress to the VP and finally the President is an impressive path to think about. A great few hours in a very nicely put together museum. My only comment is that this is, of course, giving a very positive view of his time and certainly spot lights the good parts versus the problems but you can expect that at a presidential museum
  • College students pay $6, otherwise it’s only an $8 museum. With it being so cheap I didn’t really know what to expect...wow. My expectations were exceeded. It was well kept and there was so much to see. Highly recommend it. There are so many original pieces in there, along with videos from the time.
  • Gerald R. Ford was not only a great President, but a great man who sacrificed himself for his country. I love talking about him during my #DiscoveryMichigan city and political history tours. Very few people realize who he truly was and they're always very impressed once they learn more. Betty Ford was one of the most popular first ladies we've ever had. Much of her popularity was due to her openness about her own struggles and her fight for equal rights. It's always an honor to take people to visit their final resting places during a tour.
  • I humbly submit that there was not a lot of information I knew about our President however I was overwhelmed by his humility, his service, his collaboration, and his honor. With the deepest of respect, the First Lady was amazing within her own right. High quality museum with very fair pricing. I would go again and highly recommend!
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