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Gerald R. Ford Museum

Take a holographic tour of Ford’s White House and see a piece of the Berlin Wall in this tribute to the 38th president in the town where he was raised.

The Gerald R. Ford Museum offers a fascinating insight into the lives of a former president and his family. It lies in the heart of his hometown of Grand Rapids, shedding light on his presidency, his wife Betty Ford and democracy in general. Stroll through the quiet halls of this large museum and enjoy quiet contemplation in the peaceful setting.

The main exhibit covers the lives of 38th President of the United States Gerald R. Ford and his wife Betty Ford. Join a guided tour with a docent for all the background information on the presidential family. 

Online tours through the building and its displays are also available. Inspect photos of the former president with his family and enter the replica of the Oval Office, decorated as it was during Ford’s presidency. 

Learn the conditions under which Ford took over the post following President Nixon’s resignation. A Watergate gallery reveals how his predecessor’s scandal and downfall occurred, leaving a space for Ford as the leader of the country. 

Enter the Betty Ford exhibit and consider how she in some ways created the modern first lady. Among the museum’s highlights is a section of the Berlin Wall.

Temporary exhibits bring intriguing artifacts from around the country to these halls. Attend one of the talks and events that take place in the museum, which first opened in 1981. Browse the items in the gift shop, with Ford memorabilia as well as themes covering other presidents and first ladies.

The site opens daily from morning until late afternoon, but starts a little later on Sundays. Fees offer discounts for kids, seniors and students. Young children enter for free.

The Gerald R. Ford Museum straddles the western bank of the Grand River in the core of Grand Rapids. Free parking is available if you decide to drive. 

While in the vicinity, stop at other landmarks including the Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum and Calder Plaza.


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Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown £114
Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown

Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown

161 Ottawa Avenue N.W., Grand Rapids, MI
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Rapids Art Museum and DeVos Performance Hall. Van Andel Arena and Public Museum of Grand Rapids are also within 10 minutes. Grand Rapids Station is 17 minutes by foot.

    Hyatt Place Grand Rapids Downtown £125
    Hyatt Place Grand Rapids Downtown

    Hyatt Place Grand Rapids Downtown

    140 Ottawa Ave, Grand Rapids, MI
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Rapids Art Museum and DeVos Performance Hall. Van Andel Arena and Public Museum of Grand Rapids are also within 10 minutes. Grand Rapids Station is 16 minutes by foot.

      Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton £137
      Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton

      Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton

      187 Monroe Ave Nw, Grand Rapids, MI
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of DeVos Performance Hall and Public Museum of Grand Rapids. Van Andel Arena and Downtown Market are also within 1 mile (2 km). Grand Rapids Station is 16 minutes by foot.

        JW Marriott Hotel Grand Rapids £207
        JW Marriott Hotel Grand Rapids

        JW Marriott Hotel Grand Rapids

        235 Louis Campau Promenade Nw, Grand Rapids, MI
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of DeVos Performance Hall and Public Museum of Grand Rapids. Van Andel Arena and Downtown Market are also within 1 mile (2 km). Grand Rapids Station is 14 minutes by foot.

          Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown £115
          Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown

          Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown

          310 Pearl Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Grand Rapids, this hotel is steps away from Gerald R. Ford Museum and Public Museum of Grand Rapids. Van Andel Arena and DeVos Performance Hall are also within 15 minutes. Grand Rapids Station is 19 minutes by foot.

            Embassy Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown,MI £152
            Embassy Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown,MI

            Embassy Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown,MI

            710 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Grand Rapids, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Fish Ladder Park and DeVos Performance Hall. Van Andel Arena and Public Museum of Grand Rapids are also within 1 mile (2 km). Grand Rapids Station is 28 minutes by foot.

              Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Grand Rapids £122
              Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Grand Rapids

              Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Grand Rapids

              11 Monroe Ave Nw, Grand Rapids, MI
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Van Andel Arena, DeVos Performance Hall and Public Museum of Grand Rapids. Downtown Market is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) away. Grand Rapids Station is 11 minutes by foot.

                CityFlatsHotel Grand Rapids £144
                CityFlatsHotel Grand Rapids

                CityFlatsHotel Grand Rapids

                83 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown, this boutique hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Rapids Civic Theatre and Van Andel Arena. DeVos Performance Hall and Public Museum of Grand Rapids are also within 10 minutes. Grand Rapids Station is 16 minutes by foot.