President Ford’s son ‘blown away’ by upgraded museum


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — For the first time in nearly two decades, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum has gotten a facelift.

“It just really blew me away,” Mike Ford, the son of President Ford and his wife Betty, said of first seeing the museum upgrades Monday.

The new and improved museum in downtown Grand Rapids will be unveiled to the public Tuesday, showcasing interactive exhibits about the life and times of Gerald and Betty Ford. About $15 million in private donations was raised to fund the upgrades, which have been years in the planning and months in the making.

“It’s spectacular because it’s so much brighter and larger. It’s colorful but it also is very interactive,” Mike Ford continued.

“Every museum, every library every 15 years has to reboot, (add) new technology. They all have to do it, we had to do it, too,” added his brother, Steven Ford.

Admission is being waived Tuesday for the grand reopening.

A family-friendly opening ceremony is set for 10 a.m. If you can’t make it out to the museum, you can watch the ceremony streaming live on

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