About the Gerald R. Ford Library and Museum

Gerald R. Ford Library Gerald R. Ford Museum
Gerald R. Ford Library
1000 Beal Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Telephone: (734) 205-0555
Fax: (734) 205-0571

Open Monday - Friday, 8:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Closed Federal holidays.

Free parking is available.

Gerald R. Ford Museum
303 Pearl Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504-5353

Telephone: (616) 254-0400
Fax: (616) 254-0386

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Open daily from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

$7.00 for adults
$6.00 for senior citizens and military service members
$5.00 for college students with ID
$3.00 for youth ages 6-18
Free for children under the age of 5

Free parking is available.

The Gerald R. Ford Library collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public a rich body of archival materials on U.S. domestic issues, foreign relations, and political affairs during the Cold War era. Current holdings include 23 million pages of memos, letters, meeting notes, reports, and other historical documents. Also there are one-half million audiovisual items, including photographs, videotapes of news broadcasts, audiotapes of speeches and press briefings, film of public events, and televised campaign commercials.

The 1974-77 presidential papers of Gerald Ford and his White House staff form the core collection. These are supplemented by the pre- and post-presidential papers of Gerald Ford, the papers of Betty Ford, collections of Federal records, and more. Former government officials have donated personal papers, researchers in the period have given copies of research interviews, and private individuals associated with the issues and events of the time have given their materials.

The Library serves students of all ages, scholars, mass media production staff, government officials, journalists, and others regardless of national citizenship. The Library is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on the North Campus of the University of Michigan, Gerald Ford's alma mater (B.A., 1935).

The core of the Museum's program are the permanent exhibits, which highlight of the lives of President and Mrs. Ford.

Temporary exhibits draw from the rich holdings of the entire Presidential libraries system, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Archives, and others.

The Museum also organizes special events, hosts naturalization ceremonies for new citizens, and opens the grounds to the community festivities and fireworks on the Fourth of July.

The Museum Store sells items relating to President and Mrs. Ford and other Presidents and First Ladies, along with other souvenirs.

Where the Ford Library offers an analytic approach to our past and our government, the museum provokes emotions that stimulate learning, reflection, and a sense of democratic citizenship. For visitors, the presidency is theirs to see and touch (almost), to use, and to hold accountable.

The Library and Museum are part of the Presidential libraries system of the National Archives and Records Administration, a Federal agency. Unlike other Presidential libraries, the museum component is geographically separate from the library/archives. The Ford Museum is in Grand Rapids, Michigan, 130 miles west of Ann Arbor, in Gerald Ford's hometown and the congressional district he represented from 1949-73. Despite the separation, the library and museum are a single institution sharing one director.

Basic Facts:

  • Groundbreaking - January 15, 1979
  • Opened to the public - April 27, 1981
  • Cost of construction - $4.3 million
  • Square footage - 50,000 square feet
  • Staffing - 10.5 FTE plus Director
  • Collections/Holdings
    • Documents - 23 million pages
    • Still photographs - 325,000
    • Video - 3,500 hours
    • Audio - 3,000 hours
    • Motion picture film - 787,000 feet