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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How to Experience the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
How to Experience the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum:
What can I see and do at GRFPM?
Two floors of permanent exhibits enable visitors to experience key experiences from President and Mrs. Ford's lives. Highlights include a full-scale replica of the Oval Office and a thrilling multimedia simulation of the 1944 typhoon that nearly swept young Jerry off the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Monterey. Traveling exhibits and special events showcase American history and politics. Visitors can also pay their respects to the President and Mrs. Ford, who are buried on the grounds of the Museum.
Is GRFPM good for kids?
GRFPM is a popular destination for school groups of all ages because it makes history come alive through state-of-the-art technology-based exhibits, including many interactive features – so it’s a great place for school-age children.
When is GRFPM open?
2-5pm Thursday-Friday and noon-5pm Saturday-Sunday.
What is the admission price?
Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and military service members, $7 for college students with ID and $4 for youth ages 6-18. Children 5 and younger may enter free.
Are there any discounts available?
Visit GRFPM and other local attractions for one low price when you purchase Culture Pass GR, a digital three-day savings pass delivered to your smartphone.SAVE ON GRAND RAPIDS ATTRACTIONS WITH CULTURE PASS GR
Can I purchase or reserve tickets online?
Advance ticket purchase is required at this time. You can reserve your tickets here.
Is GRFPM accessible for guests with special needs?
Routes through the venue are wide and level for strollers and wheelchair users. An elevator provides access to both floors. There are men’s and women’s single-user-style restrooms on the second floor. See more Accessibility Info.
Where is GRFPM located?
Where can I park?
Visitors can park for free in the Museum parking lot at 303 Pearl St. NW. Additional parking is available throughout downtown, within an easy walk of the Museum. . View the downtown parking map – GRFPM is the triangular gray building surrounded by greenspace just west of the Grand River.
Is food available?
Is there a gift shop?
The Museum Store is currently closed but you can purchase memorabilia online.
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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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