Explore the rich and variety of history of Michigan’s second largest city – from the Hopewell Indians that thrived here 2,000 years ago, to the lumber barons that made this “America’s Furniture City” in the 1800s, to the native son that became the most powerful person on earth in the 1970s.
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From Furniture to Founders
This Live Eventfully tour introduces you to the history and highlights of Grand Rapids. A step-on guide will board your vehicle to relate stories of our past and present as you travel by important landmarks. 1 hour.
A step-on guide will board your vehicle to relate stories of our past and present as you travel by important city landmarks. This Live Eventfully tour includes lunch at the Sweet House, an 1860s-era Italianate Villa. Lunch is an additional cost. 3 hours.
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
Experience American’s most entertaining presidential museum. Attend a White House State Dinner, tour the Oval office, see the original Watergate burglar tools, pay your respects at the burial site of President and Mrs. Ford, and much more.
Grand Rapids Public Museum
Step back in time through interactive history and natural science exhibits including “Streets of Old Grand Rapids,” a walkable recreation of the city in the 1890s, plus a 1928 working carousel, Native American exhibit and much more. 1.5 hours.
Grand Lady Riverboat
Revisit the steamboat era of Grand Rapids with a lunch or dinner cruise aboard this paddlewheel boat. As you travel down the Grand River, you’ll see evidence of logging towns and riverboat landings from the 1800s. 1.5-2 hours.
Grand Rapids Public Library
Visit the Library’s History and Special Collections Department to explore books, periodicals, maps and newspapers dating back to the mid 1800s. Over 350 archival collections document the people and organizations of Grand Rapids.
Meyer May House
See an original Prairie House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for a prominent Grand Rapids clothier. This 1909-era home has been meticulously restored. Admission is free, but reservations are required for groups of 10 or more.