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Gerald R. Ford Museum

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Address: 303 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504-5353
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+1 616-254-0400
09:00 - 17:00
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Grand Rapids' pride in native son and 38th American President Gerald R....

Grand Rapids' pride in native son and 38th American President Gerald R. Ford is reflected in the museum that honors him, which transports you back to the 70s through interactive displays and holograms, including a chance to eavesdrop on an eventful day in the Oval Office.

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I had some time to kill before a business appointment near the museum and ducked in. It is a very stylish architecture building in the heart of Grand Rapids. Built before the... read more

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Columbia, Maryland
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Columbia, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had some time to kill before a business appointment near the museum and ducked in. It is a very stylish architecture building in the heart of Grand Rapids. Built before the modern era of mega Presidential libraries it is befitting a very modest and some would say accidental President, Gerald Ford. What struck me was how much turmoil existed... More 

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Temperance, Michigan
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Gerald R. Ford Museum tells the history of his life, including adoption at an early age, becoming an Eagle Scout, a WW2 Hero, and a congressman who always put his country first. His brief term as President is highlighted with many details, exhibits, and replicas of White House rooms. There is a good gift shop, and other Museums nearby... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Staying right across the river and elected to take this in on my business trip. Very interesting on his legacy and history as a president. You tend to forget everything that happen in his short three years as president. Easy to walk around, and not overly full of items, just the right amount.

Thank VanHalenII
Canton, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Got a chance to visit the museum Fantastic memoribilia it has a copy of the Oval office reminds you very much of the historical events of the time great for Adults and children alike would highly recommend

Thank andymulvey51
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2017

The story of our 38th president, Gerald R. Ford, is extraordinarily unique in our country's history, as circumstances meant that he is the only president, to date, to have never been elected. The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum is a spectacular showcase of his life, his rise to politics, and how he became our president. His one-of-a-kind story is fabulously... More 

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Glenview, Illinois
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Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

Despite his relatively brief presidency, Gerald Ford led an interesting a colorful life, spanning early college football, WWII, 25 years in Congress and unprecedented turmoil in the nation's highest office. These periods are covered in a lot of detail with good exhibits. The former president and First Lady are buried on the grounds. Definitely worth a couple of hours. Lovely... More 

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Mobile, AL
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

Having traveled to several presidential libraries, this one ranks high. First it is a beautiful building on the banks of the Grand River. impressive lobby with a piece from the Berlin wall. Upstairs you will walk through Jerry Ford's life and career. There are several short films that move you through the major turning points of Ford's career. Well thought... More 

Thank char1scott
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

Great place to take the family and look around. Not to expensive. Takes around 1 or 2 gours to look around and explore everything they have to offer. Nice handicapp accommodations and close to nearby hotels and great restaurants.

Thank Leticia D
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Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

The state of the art displays and exhibits are very interactive. There are atleast four movie scrolls to sit, relax and watch. How many people knew Ford was lucky to be alive? They have the gun that was meant for him. The grounds are also very nice and the fointain is a beauty when they get it going for the... More 

Thank Francis K
Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

My son and I went to the museum not expecting much. And wow, were we wrong. It was filled with amazing pictures from the 1940's to current day. I just moved to the area and it was an educational Grand Rapids history lesson. The Ford family made many contributions to the area and were very well loved.

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