America’s most entertaining presidential museum is both a loving tribute to the U.S. president who grew up in Grand Rapids and a fascinating exploration of the turbulent times our country experienced during his lifetime. Interactive exhibits give visitors a visceral sense of Ford’s journey from boyhood to life after the White House, emphasizing the responsibilities of democratic citizenship and service to country. An on-site learning center provides classroom space for school field trips and day visits from other groups.
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How to Experience the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
How to Experience the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum:
What can I see and do at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum?
Explore the childhood, marriage, military service and political life of Grand Rapids’ favorite son through such exhibits as an exact Oval Office replica and a multimedia recreation of the 1944 typhoon that almost swept a young Jerry Ford off the deck of a U.S. aircraft carrier. Browse 60 display cases filled with mementos and memorabilia highlighting the life and times of the president and First Lady Betty Ford. In addition to the permanent exhibits, changing temporary exhibits draw artifacts from museums all over the country.
Visitors can also pay their respects at the burial site of President and Mrs. Ford on the grounds of the Ford Museum.
Is the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum good for kids?
The Ford Museum is a popular destination for school groups of all ages because it makes history come alive through state-of-the-art technology-based exhibits, including many interactive features – so it’s a great place for school-age children.
When is the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum open?
Current hours are Monday-Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday from noon-4pm.
What is the admission price?
$12 for adults (ages 19-61), $10 for senior citizens and military service members, $9 for college students with ID, $6 for youth ages 6-18 – and FREE for children under the age of 5. Prices are subject to change, please confirm with attraction.
Are there any discounts available?
Culture Pass GR is a digital pass that allows entry to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, the Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids Public Museum, and the John Ball Zoo, for one low price. It can be used to visit all of these attractions (and access other exclusive discounts) over a three-day period.SAVE ON GRAND RAPIDS ATTRACTIONS WITH CULTURE PASS GR
Can I purchase or reserve tickets online?
Yes you can purchase online here or purchase them at the door.
Is the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum accessible for guests with special needs?
All areas are ADA compliant and accessible to people in wheelchairs via ramps and elevators, and all exhibits are wheelchair accessible. All restrooms include accessible facilities. A number of exhibits include closed captioning or text panels for the hearing impaired. Sign language interpreters and interpretive guides for the visually impaired can be provided with a minimum of two week’s notice. Visitors who require service animals are welcome. The parking lot includes accessible parking space.
Where is Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum located?
In the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, on the banks of the Grand River fronting Ah-Nab-Awen Park. It’s just steps away from hotels, restaurants and breweries, and it’s across the street from the Grand Rapids Public Museum and Holiday Inn Downtown. The Blue Bridge pedestrian walkway and several vehicular bridges over the river lead to 200+ additional downtown museums, hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, shops and entertainment venues.
Where can I park?
Visitors can park on site for free.
Is food available?
The Ford Museum does not serve food, but 130+ restaurants are located within a 10-minute walk.
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- 303 Pearl St. NW
- (616) 254-0400
Experience America's most entertaining presidential museum. Attend a White House State Dinner, step inside the Oval Office, see the original Watergate burglar tools and Smithsonian-caliber changing exhibitions. President Ford and Betty B. Ford are buried on site.
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