Visitors are now welcome at the Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids. Tickets must be purchased online at Visit the Museum. Hours of operation are Monday – Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM, Sunday Noon – 5 PM. All public and educational programs will remain as online virtual programs only.


Gerald R. Ford Museum

The Museum Store is currently closed. You may make purchases online here.

At the core of the Museum is the permanent exhibit, which allows visitors to experience highlights from President and Mrs. Ford's lives. The exhibit teaches democratic citizenship and allows for quiet reflection. In addition to the permanent exhibits, changing temporary exhibits draw artifacts from Museums all over the country.

The Ford Museum opened to the public in September 1981 and is part of the Presidential libraries system of the National Archives and Records Administration, a Federal agency.

The Ford Museum is in Grand Rapids, Michigan while the Ford Library is in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Despite the separation, the library and museum are a single institution sharing one director.

Admission:

$10.00 for adults
$8.00 for senior citizens and military service members
$7.00 for college students with ID
$4.00 for youth ages 6-18
Free for children under the age of 5
Free Parking is Available for all Museum Patrons

Grand Rapids, MI

303 Pearl Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI  49504-5353

616.254.0400

Tour the NEW Permanent Exhibit Galleries: Explore the Museum

Other Exhibits

The Museum staff has created several online exhibits, either to supplement permanent exhibits or to publicize temporary exhibits. The current temporary exhibit is available for both viewing at the Ford Museum and online. All others are available only in their online form.

Upcoming Programs and Events - Grand Rapids


Date Event
  Exhibits in Grand Rapids
November 22, 2021 - January 2, 2022

Train Display

This will be the fourth year for “Breton Village Train” in its home at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.

For nearly thirty years a whimsical miniature train display brought families and train enthusiasts alike to the Breton Village Mall each holiday season. The train set was created and maintained by Herb DeVries and his family, who poured endless hours of their time and talent into the display, simply because it brought joy to others. The train quickly became a treasured holiday tradition for families all over West Michigan.

When the mall closed to be redesigned into an outdoor retail space, it was clear that the train would need a new home. By this time, Herb and Shirley DeVries had become unable to put in the immense amount of labor to keep it running and the train display was put into storage. One holiday season without the train was clearly one too many for the West Michigan community. Thanks to teamwork from the Gerald R. Ford Museum and Foundation along with the DeVries family and some amazing community volunteers, the train display moved to its new home at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.

Over the last few years the display has come to include many nods to Gerald R. Ford’s life in Grand Rapids, including South High School, Bill’s Place diner, the Quonset hut used in his congressional campaign, and even a miniature version of the iconic statue that greets visitors outside of the Museum.

TICKET PRICES FOR 2021/22 - $8.00 per adult, 17 and under FREE. Tickets must be purchased in advance and online.

January 24 - May 6, 2022 Women in Uniform

This is an exhibition of rarely displayed art from the Naval History and Heritage Command's collection. Included are images of a Yeoman (F) in WWI to an aviator, from a sailor to an admiral, this exhibition features works of art that depict female Navy military personnel.  Women have had a continuous and growing presence in the U.S. Navy throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. The artworks in this exhibition, including those of a yeoman, aviator, sailor, and an admiral, demonstrate the wide-ranging and varied opportunities women have held as they continue to push the boundaries of prospects available to them. Preview the art online click here.
Tickets must be purchased in advance and online.
  Programs in Grand Rapids
 

 

Monday, January 24, 2022
7 PM EST
Virtual

Virtual Exhibit Opening: Women in Uniform
Rear Admiral (retired) Samuel J. Cox and Gale Munro


Join Rear Admiral (retired) Samuel J. Cox, Director of Naval History and Heritage Command, and his colleague, Gale Munro, Curator of the Naval Art Gallery, as they virtually open the exhibit Women in Uniform. The program will give a brief history of the role women played in naval history and give background on selected works from the exhibition. Reserve your space for this virtual event here.



School Group Visits and Current Programs


Coach Tours

Due to COVID regulations, no groups of more than 6 are allowed to visit the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.

Guided tours will not be provided.

Please check back for updated information.

Plan an Event

The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum is a 54,000 square foot educational and cultural facility, located on the bank of the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids. This setting provides a prestigious venue for a meeting, reception, and/or dinner. The Museum offers a 15,000 square foot permanent exhibit, and a 3,500 square foot changing exhibit gallery. Convenient parking.

Venue highlights

library main lobby

Museum Main Lobby

The expansive main lobby of the Museum is an exceptional setting for dinners, special addresses, and receptions. Visitors can also browse the Museum store which offers a variety of unique gifts and books.

Capacity: Sit-down dinner - 100 / Standing reception - 250

library auditorium

Auditorium

The 250-seat auditorium, complete with stage and audio/visual equipment, has the versatility to accommodate symposiums, educational presentations, cultural events, award ceremonies, and musical performances, among others.

Capacity: 254

library courtyard

Museum Grounds

Visitors can enjoy the beautiful Betty Ford Garden and the reflecting pool and fountain. The Museum grounds are also home to President Ford’s distinguished burial site.

More Information

General availability for all spaces is Monday - Friday, between the hours of 8 AM – 9 PM. Contact the Museum for information about scheduling an event, rental fee structure, or to review regulations on the use of the facility and the application process. Events must be consistent with the public perception of the Museum as an educational, research, or cultural institution (no weddings, proms, or similar events).

Call: 616-254-0400 / E-mail: ford.museum@nara.gov

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For Individuals and Groups with Special Needs

All areas of the Museum and Library are ADA compliant , and are accessible to people in wheelchairs via ramps and elevators. All Museum and Library exhibits are wheelchair accessible.

Parking

Parking at both facilities is free, and accessible parking spaces are located in both the main and over-flow parking lots.

Wheelchairs

Standard wheelchairs are available at both locations at no charge. Strollers are also available at the Museum.

Restrooms

All public restrooms include accessible facilities, and are ADA compliant. All restrooms have baby-changing stations.

Hearing Impaired

To help visitors who are hearing impaired, a number of exhibits include closed captioning or text panels. The Museum Auditorium is equipped with a T-coil assisted listening loop, and hand-held units are available upon request. The Library Auditorium will be equipped with a T-coil loop (summer 2008).

Sign Language Interpreters

With a minimum of two weeks notice, the Museum is able to provide Sign Language Interpreters at no charge. Sign Language Interpreters who are accompanying school groups or the public and assisting visitors who are hearing impaired are admitted to the Museum at no charge.

Assistive Animals

Visitors, who require Service Animals, such as guide-dogs, are welcome to bring them into the Museum.

Visually Impaired

With a minimum of two weeks notice, the Museum will provide an interpretive guide to groups or individuals at no charge.

Single visitors, adult groups or school groups with special needs can be accommodated at both the Museum and Library with guided tours. Please call (616) 254-0374 (Museum) and (734) 205-0540 (Library) for more information.

Volunteers

The Gerald R. Ford Museum is always seeking volunteers to assist with tours, educational programs, and public events. If you enjoy history, join us! For more information about volunteer opportunities at the Museum, please download the Volunteer Service Application Form.

For more on volunteer opportunities, contact:
Kristin Phillips at (616) 254-0374

Internships

The Museum accepts a limited number of college interns each year to assist with processing, preservation, and digitization of museum holdings. The Padnos Museum Internship Program provides the necessary skills students need to attain a certain level of marketability in the field. For its nearly twenty years in operation, the program has provided lasting experiences for students from around the country.

Internships suspended until further notice.