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.
Gerald R. Ford Museum reviews
The museum really surprised us. We thought we would like it, but it was much better than we expected. They had a special exhibit on military service dogs that was educational and made we thankful... more »
I hate to admit how little I knew about Gerald Ford even though I lived through his Presidency. This museum does a fantastic job of highlighting his and Betty's lives and I enjoyed learning more about him as a man. The staff were super friendly, the museum was nicely laid out. The gift shop was nice (the hubby bought some socks) and the grounds are gorgeous.
I have lived in Michigan for almost 25 years but visited this museum for the first time this past Sunday. We spent about 3 hours exploring the museum and I have to say, it was time well spent.The museum is very well set up to allow you to get the sense of the whole man from birth through his death and funeral and his influence beyond. I went into this experience feeling relatively neutral and ill informed about Gerald Ford and left having so much admiration for this man of great integrity for all of his service to our country. In addition, I was able to learn so much about Betty Ford and all of her contributions as well. I recommend a visit to this museum for anyone making a stop in Grand Rapids.
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