Gerald R. Ford Museum
Gerald R. Ford Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
Explore the life and times of Gerald R. Ford, Michigan's only President. Here documents, artifacts, photographs, and videos combine to tell the dramatic story of the Ford Presidency in the mid-1970s. Museum galleries depict Gerald Ford's rise from a humble youth to Eagle Scout, star football player, World War II naval officer, and U.S. congressman, and the unique way by which he became Vice President and President. Meet the issues of the day - the energy crisis, the Nixon pardon, Vietnamese refugees, and learn about the Bicentennial. Your visit will include a stop in the life-sized Oval Office and Cabinet Room. See for yourself how President Ford shaped our world.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Dawn M
    18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative and engaging museum
    I highly recommend this museum to adults and students. Parking was easy (and free). The museum itself is immaculately clean and well designed to lead you sequentially through president Ford's life. There are videos to watch in many places. Posted information and displayed items are easy to see and understand. In addition to the many displays, there are recreations of White House rooms. We spent about 3 hours and did not see everything available, so we recommend planning about 4 hours for your visit. We did not visit the gift shop.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 13, 2023
  • Bob-a-JobSussex
    518 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting museum
    My husband is keen on American history and really enjoyed our visit to this fairly small and modest museum as compared to other Presidential museums we have visited in other States. The exhibits were interesting and well presented but being small there was no coffee shop/cafe which was a shame. There was a small souvenir shop. The staff were very helpful. As others have mentioned there was ample free parking which is always good.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 16, 2023
  • Erica055
    239 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating and well worth a visit.
    Fascinating museum, beautifully presented, plenty to look at and we spent a very enjoyable couple of hours here. The location next to the river was very easy to find. The last resting place of Past President Ford and his wife Betty Ford is treated respectfully even though it is easily accessed.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 7, 2023
  • maapar
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina870 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Story of an unelected President who served with integrity
    Very well presented Museum with plenty of videos and artifacts. The exterior is nicely landscaped and we saw no evidence of any homeless encampment in the vicinity. Lots of parking nearby. It was President Ford’s birthday so admission was free and they served everyone red white and blue donuts. This museum reminded me of the honesty and integrity of Gerald Ford and was quite well done. The Ford’s gravesites are right outside.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Jeff K
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania2,132 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive
    I have visited a lot of Presidential Libraries and this is one of the better ones. Nicely laid out and very informative. The parts covering his early life were particularly interesting. The outside gardens and burial sight were also nice. I thought it was a little tacky, however, to have the Museum share space with the DeVos Learning Center. Couldn’t they afford to have a stand-alone Museum? I visited the Ford Presidential Library in Ann Arbor earlier in the day. The Museum is much better although the Library does a good job of covering his connections to UM. If you have to choose, though, you should go to the Museum.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 28, 2023
  • ifionlyhada
    West Chester, Ohio81 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit memorial.
    Ford oversaw a tense time in US history. I learned a lot about that time at this museum. Betty Ford did a great deal of work in the equal rights movement. A true inspiration. Every one should visit.Very positive experience.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Kate Illinois1
    Illinois4,719 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best presidential museum we have visited thus far
    All the exhibits are well thought out which started with life as a small child throughout boyscouts, high school, college, Navy and DC. He was a man of integrity, honesty and discipline. We had no idea he did so much in just 3 years of office. Large parking lot with room for a bus or RV.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Mel W
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    the only Ford I like
    Upon walking in, the security guard kindly greeted us and gave us a brief introduction of the piece of Berlin Wall displayed in the front (even offering to take our photo with it) and an explanation where to go next. This museum is interesting and informative and well organized. It’s on smaller grounds and in a smaller building than several other presidential museums we’ve been to. We enjoyed the Vice President special temporary exhibit. We spent 3.5 hours here including visiting the burial site outside because my husband is a history buff and likes to read and watch everything.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 7, 2023
  • Gina L
    Thibodaux, Louisiana285 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gerald Ford Museum
    Our bus tour group visited the Museum (approx. 47 people) (trip from Louisiana to Michigan). It was a beautiful museum. Gerald and Betty Ford are buried on the grounds of the museum. There is a replica of the oval office, when he was president. Wonder tribute to his and her life.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 13, 2023
  • anacreon100
    288 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A thorough biographical journey
    An enjoyable museum with a number of historically significant artifacts. Would primarily be of interest to those who are familiar with the era. Worth noting that this museum has a focus on the life Ford the person which by definition includes his time as president, but should not be confused with other presidential libraries / museums that largely showcase that individual's time as president. So there is a lot about his time growing up in Grand Rapids and his life journey that led to the presidency.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 13, 2023
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CreveCoeurMo
Creve Coeur, MO267 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We have been to several presidential Libraries and Museums: Lyndon Johnson, George W. Bush, Harry Truman and Bill Clinton. I liked this one the Best. Gerry and Betty Ford were such genuine and caring people. We learned how he brought the nation together after Nixon and Watergate. He was criticized by many for pardoning Nixon, but he cared more about taking care of the business of the American people than bogging down the nation in a lengthy trial. Sure makes me wish he was around today. When he lost to Carter, he was so gracious and helpful, that at Carter’s inauguration, Carter thanked him and asked him to stand (You can see the video). This is very unusual and not done before or since. I felt choked up learning how gracious both he and Betty were. We were lucky to tag along on a tour that docent Ann Hahn was conducting for 7th graders. She kept their attention (amazing) and brought the Ford’s alive for us. This might be why we loved this museum the most.
Written May 15, 2024
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Chris-Michelle M
70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
So let me start, with, my mother-in-law suggested this and all of us humored her, though out eyes rolled. All I really knew about Ford, was he was an accidental president and he fell a lot, which always made him a little endearing to be, since I too am a clumsy oaf........... Let me tell you, all six of us were blown away! Gerald Ford was actual a pretty amazing man, who truly was pivotal in saving the US. He didn't care about your race, color or religion, if you brought something good to the table, he wanted to hear it. He invited people to the white house, that never before would have been allowed in. He befriended, the USSR, leaders, when before, they were very close to attacking us. His whole life, he did the right thing, no matter if it was to backlash on him, in the end. GO to the museum. I love history and museums, and never before did I know what a great guy Gerald Ford really was.
Written May 12, 2024
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midawg73
Bay City, MI143 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This stop has been on my list for a while as Mr. Ford is Michigan's only president. My son and I toured the museum for roughly 2 hours, which included the gift shop. It is a well layed out museum which goes through his life and death. It is by no means a huge museum but it is definitely worth your time.
Written April 12, 2024
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tannec
Maple City, MI90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We had about two hours to go through the museum, and that wasn't enough time for us (we're kinda wonky and like to read). The exhibits took us through Ford's life and successes – reminding us of the era when Gerald and Betty Ford were in Washington, serving the people with a strong midwestern sense of duty and integrity. Our understanding of those years – 1940s through 1970s – was enhanced by this visit. I highly recommend carving out time to visit this museum. I also appreciate the free parking lot for museum visitors
Written February 24, 2024
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rzahm
197 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We were in Grand Rapids and decided to go by the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum. Once there we decided to visit the museum. It was a good choice.
The building is in the banks of the Grand River. This area is a beautiful setting for the museum and final resting place for President Ford and his wife Betty.
The museum has so much history that it is hard to list it all.
From the time when Ford was a student in Grand Rapids to becoming President of the US and back to Grand Rapids again the museum tells the story.
There is a replica of the Ford Oval Office and Cabinet Room. There are several videos that tell different stories of his life, world events, and state visits. The displays seem endless.
The staff and security are very knowledgeable of this place. You can take your time and just wander thru the history of the Ford Presidency.
Towards the end of the visit is a video of all of the speakers at President Ford's funeral in Grand Rapids.
He was very well respected.
Well worth the time!
Written February 24, 2024
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anacreon100
Winnipeg288 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
An enjoyable museum with a number of historically significant artifacts. Would primarily be of interest to those who are familiar with the era. Worth noting that this museum has a focus on the life Ford the person which by definition includes his time as president, but should not be confused with other presidential libraries / museums that largely showcase that individual's time as president. So there is a lot about his time growing up in Grand Rapids and his life journey that led to the presidency.
Written October 13, 2023
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Gina L
Thibodaux, LA285 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Our bus tour group visited the Museum (approx. 47 people) (trip from
Louisiana to Michigan). It was a beautiful museum. Gerald and Betty Ford are buried on the grounds of the museum. There is a replica of the oval office, when he was president. Wonder tribute to his and her life.
Written October 13, 2023
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Mel W
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Upon walking in, the security guard kindly greeted us and gave us a brief introduction of the piece of Berlin Wall displayed in the front (even offering to take our photo with it) and an explanation where to go next. This museum is interesting and informative and well organized. It’s on smaller grounds and in a smaller building than several other presidential museums we’ve been to. We enjoyed the Vice President special temporary exhibit. We spent 3.5 hours here including visiting the burial site outside because my husband is a history buff and likes to read and watch everything.
Written October 7, 2023
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douglaskellyaicp
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
fascinating museum, well worth the time and affordable admission, free parking and nearby to the river and restaurants.
Written September 13, 2023
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Debra P
Cedar Park, TX8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
All presidential libraries and museums are interesting and informative. This one is no different. There is a lot to see. Any new information learned is a positive. It's a beautiful building filled with information. Loved it!!
Written September 10, 2023
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