I live in Washington, DC and take frequent trips to New York City. It's easy for me to be jaded when it comes to museums.
I had no idea the Gerald R. Ford Museum even existed in Grand Rapids until we saw it in our hotel's "Things to See and Do" list, and I'm very glad that we were able to see it.
Put together in a way that stimulates multiple senses, the museum flows easily from the beginning, which is a presentation of the environment of the1970s, through Ford's childhood (I had no idea he was born in Nebraska or that his mother had overcome so much before marrying the man who gave Ford his name), and on through his Naval service, Congressional service, Vice Presidency, and Presidency.
Displays are set up with an illustration (usually a picture), a short explanation, and a longer explanation. The amount of information presented is incredible, but you can pick and choose how in-depth you want to get.
There is a beautiful recreation of the Oval Office, as well as one of the Cabinet Room. And I honestly gasped to see the last stairs used to evacuate people from Saigon.
The locals we spoke to seemed very proud of the museum, as well they should be, and offered several tips to get the most out of our visit. The staff was knowledgable and passionate about what was presented as well.
It is probably not something that will keep younger children interested and good-humored, but is bright and well presented enough that older children will find something to engage with - probably the poster of Bruce Lee.
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