Gerald R. Ford Museum — Grand Rapids, Michigan

My nephew and I took a short vacation through Michigan and Ohio. We drove down from Grayling in the morning and visited the Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids. Downtown Grand Rapids was a treat — with roads curling back and forth like a mess of wet spaghetti. A sign told us where to get off the interstate, but once we were off, we had to wander about until we stumbled upon the museum.

It was very well done and interesting. It covered Ford’s entire life with a lot of photos and documents and artifacts. The most interesting were the tools and filing cabinet from the Watergate break-in and a life-size replica of the Oval Office with the furniture Ford used. It took us about two hours to see everything. We took our time and read most of the descriptive plaques. It wasn’t as big as I expected, but worth visiting as long as I was in the area. I wasn’t allowed to take photos inside, so you’ll have to settle for these postcard views.

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