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

NEW Virtual Tours

I. Core Exhibits with Curator Don Holloway
II. Interviews with Don Holloway and Clare Shubert
III. Story Time From the Oval Office and Cabinet Room
IV. Truth and Honor: A Sneak Peak

NEW 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.


What Does a Curator Do?
Director of Engagement and Programming with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation Clare Shubert interviews Museum Curator Don Holloway as he shares stories about working at a museum!

Inside the 1976 Presidential Campaign
Join Foundation’s Clare Shubert and Museum’s Don Holloway as they explore the 1976 Presidential Election.


Story Time with Clare

I Can Be President, Too!
by Yanitzia Canetti

Duck for President
by Doreen Cronin

Grace for President
by Kelly DiPucchio

President Adam's Alligator and Other White House Pet
by Peter & Cheryl (Shaw) Barnes


Truth and Honor: A Sneak Peak

Come along with Clare Shubert from the Gerald R. Ford Foundation as she shares an inside look into the new book Truth and Honor: The President Ford Story, written by Lindsey McDivitt and illustrated by Matt Faulkner. In each segment of the five-part series, Matt Faulkner will discuss his process and inspiration for the illustrations in the book.  Learn about the job of a professional illustrator while exploring the life of President Ford as well!


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
March 23 4:00 PM *** This event had been POSTPONED to a ( yet to be determined) future date.***
2020 William E. Simon Lecture in Public Affairs
Former Secretary of State James A. Baker, III
March 31 7:00 PM

*** This event had been POSTPONED to a ( yet to be determined) future date.***
Presidential Power: How Much Power Does the President Really Have?
Roger B. Porter

April 14 7:00 PM *** This event had been POSTPONED to a ( yet to be determined) future date.***
2020 and Beyond

Molly Ball
May 5 7:00 PM ***Status Tentative due to COVID-19***
SHE DID ALL THAT - Betty Ford: Speaking Out, Saving Lives
Concert Read