Gerald Ford, the 38th President of the United States wasn't born in Grand Rapids - but he was raised here and represented the city in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1949-1973. Richard Nixon selected him to replace Spiro Agnew as Vice President in 1973, and Ford assumed the Presidency less than a year later in the wake of Nixon's resignation. All of this and much more is brought to engaging life at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in downtown Grand Rapids.

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  • 303 Pearl St. NW
  • (616) 254-0400

Experience America's most entertaining presidential museum. Attend a White House State Dinner, step inside the Oval Office, see the original Watergate burglar tools and Smithsonian-caliber changing exhibitions. President Ford and Betty B. Ford are buried on site.

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