The President Gerald R. Ford Museum was educational, informative, and allowed visitors to not only view history but to participate in it. I meet ex-President Ford and his wife Betty Ford in an airport as a small girl. It was neat to see the history behind the man, and my mother enjoyed telling the story to my girls as we went through the museum.
The museum starts off by showing the highlights of young Gerald Ford, formative years through his congressional service, and time as Vice President. There is detail about the Watergate Scandal and how he become became president after President Nixon resigned. The museum showed highlights of the Vietnam War, and the events and challenges that faced America. We learned about the 1970s era, what the Oval Office looked like while Ford was in office and Cabinet Room which has been changed to look like it does today. The Rise of the American Aircraft Carrier an exhibit that explores the development of this unique ship and the role it plays in projecting our nation’s influence abroad. The girls favorite was The Remarkable Lives and Times of Gerald and Betty Ford.
The girls only gave the museum three popcorns out of a possible five because there was a lot of reading and no interactive devices for kids at all. We did find out as we were leaving that they are renovating the whole museum and are making it more interactive and engaging for kids in the next year.
Gerald R Ford Museum is open daily from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. (Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day). Admission is $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, and free for children under the age of 5. Free parking is available. Parking was free and we were able to see the Gerald R. Ford Museum and Grand Rapids Public Museum which was next door.