Museum Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM, Sunday Noon - 4 PM.
Purchase tickets online.
For school visit information email: Fieldtrip.  For adult tour information email: Group Visits.

  The research room at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library is open to researchers by appointment only on Monday through Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. To schedule an appointment, please send an email to For additional information about scheduling and planning a research visit, please refer to the Ford Library Research Room Procedures.
The Library's exhibit spaces are open to the public, Monday through Friday, from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. For additional information about planning a visit, please see Ford Library Lobby and Exhibit Spaces.
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Welcome to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum Website

Museum - Exhibits and Events

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Tour the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum's Permanent Exhibit

Current Online Exhibit

President Ford campaigning

1976 Presidential Election provides information on the 1976 presidential election, focusing on the 1976 Republican primary race. It highlights the holdings of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum. These resources include documents found in the records of the President Ford Committee (which managed the President's election activity), the textual collections of key individuals, and media resources.

Feature Exhibit


America at the Crossroads: The GUITAR and a Changing Nation

The new exhibition, America at the Crossroads: The GUITAR and a Changing Nation looks at America’s evolution through the lens of its most popular instrument. The exhibit displays forty instruments that serve as touchpoints to connect visitors with significant moments in America’s history and culture—from the earliest Spanish invasion to the nation’s modern status as a global superpower. The artifacts are supplemented with video, photographs, and illustrations that depict important events, artists, and instruments of the last century. This touring exhibition from the National GUITAR Museum is making its national debut at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.

January 27, 2023 - May 28, 2023

Feature Exhibit


Exploring Watergate

The Watergate break-in on June 17, 1972, forever changed politics, the media, and Americans’ views of the Presidency. This exhibit explores the events of Watergate using a range of artifacts, including courtroom sketches and one of President Nixon’s tape recorders.

October 2022 - October 2024

Upcoming Events at the Museum

Date Time Event
April 6, 2023 7 PM

Frankie Welch and the First Lady
Ashley Callahan

April 11, 2023 7 PM

An Ordinary Man
Richard Norton Smith

April 26, 2023 7 PM Oh Say Can You Hear?
Mark Clague
May 3, 2023 6 PM An Evening with Chris Martin
May 18, 2023 7 PM Showbiz Politics: Hollywood in American Political Life with Dr. Kathryn Cramer Brownell

Library - Exhibits and Events

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Temporary Exhibit

Ford and football team Gerald Ford: A Sporting Life

Now on display

Upcoming Events at the Library

Date Time Event

Check back for upcoming events.