We're sorry. Due to the coronavirus public health emergency, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum will be closed to the public beginning March 14th until further notice. We will continue to respond to written requests for records at ford.library@nara.gov and ford.museum@nara.gov. Please check our website or archives.gov/coronavirus for updates on our operating hours and status.
  
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Museum - Exhibits and Events

Permanent Exhibit

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Lobby Exhibit

Warrior Dog

Wounded Warrior Dogs Project & K9 War Stories

February 15 - May 10, 2020

Canine Warriors was designed by Ohio master craftsman James Mellick to not only bring attention to the service and heroism of military working dogs, but to be symbolic of the courageous sacrifices and wounds suffered during battle by their human companions and to raise awareness about their needs. This exhibit won the ArtPrize Public vote in 2016.

Temporary Exhibit

The Continual Struggle: The American Freedom Movement and the Seeds of Social Change 

Now through May 31, 2020

The Continual Struggle depicts the pain, sacrifice and emotion of those who fought for freedom during the civil rights movement. This selection of 23 works by artist Brian Washington offers a stark glimpse of those tumultuous times. Celebrate Black History Month at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum through his powerful and moving art. Exhibit sponsors: Fifth Third Bank and The Frey Foundation.

Upcoming Events at the Museum



Betty Ford and the Equal Rights Amendment
with Elizabeth Druga and Don Holloway
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 2:00 PM
Join us for this virtual event here.

Grand Rapids Greatest Generation Day Celebration
September 1-2, 2020

The Grand Rapids Greatest Generation Day Committee is excited to announce a two-day celebration honoring the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II.  On September 2, 1945, with the Proclamation Signing of the Declaration aboard the U.S. Navy battleship the USS Missouri, World War II was officially over.    

Grand Rapids Greatest Generation Day Events:

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 – 6:30 PM
In Memoriam Remembrance and Bell Ringing
Guest Speaker: Jim DeFelice, Co-Author of “American Sniper” and “Every Man a Hero: A Memoir of D-Day”
Join us for this virtual event on Facebook LIVE.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - 6:00 PM
B-17/C47/B25 Military Planes Flyover
Watch from bridges along the Grand River

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - 7:00 PM
Countdown to 1945
Guest Speaker: Chris Wallace
Join us for this virtual event on Facebook LIVE.

Virtual Tours

Click the link above to step inside the Ford Museum and take a virtual tour with the Museum's Curator Don Holloway.  Walk through the Core Exhibits, learn about Gerald R. Ford’s childhood and early years in Grand Rapids.  Continue the tour as Mr. Holloway explains how Ford’s time as a student at the University of Michigan helped shape the man who becomes a Congressman, Vice President and eventually, President. The tour concludes with the final gallery honoring the funeral services of both President and Mrs. Ford.

Bonus tours include an inside look at the Cabinet Room and Oval Office displays. 

View our Temporary Exhibits:
The Continual Struggle: The American Freedom Movement and the Seeds of Social Change    
Hear from the artist Brian Washington as he introduces his artwork documenting the Civil Rights Movement and America’s historical struggle against segregation and other race-based injustices.  The exhibit opened in February in honor of Black History Month, which President Ford instituted in 1976.  Exhibit sponsors include the Frey Foundation and Fifth Third Bank.


Wounded Warrior Dog Project & K9 War Stories
Comprised of two installations, the exhibit shows true stories of courage and sacrifice of canines and their human handlers during the Global War on Terror.

Library - Exhibits and Events

Google Streetview: Explore the Library

Temporary Exhibit

Ford and Kennerly Extraordianry Circumstances

Opens December 17, 2019

Upcoming Events at the Library


Date Time Event
August 19 2:00 PM Betty Ford and the Equal Rights Amendment
with Elizabeth Druga and Don Holloway
Join us for this virtual event here.
Sept. 1 6:30 PM

In Memoriam Remembrance and Bell Ringing
Guest Speaker: Jim DeFelice
Join us for this virtual event on Facebook LIVE.

Sept. 2 7:00 PM Countdown to 1945
Guest Speaker: Chris Wallace
Join us for this virtual event on Facebook LIVE.