GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) After months of renovations and an expansion, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum has officially re-opened to the public.
It took six years of planning, construction and raising $15 million to get to this point.
One thing visitors will notice is the new technology around the entire exhibit. There are brighter colors, giant pictures, interactive video screens, and more audio technology along the route to tell the stories of President Ford. In some cases, objects that have never been on display and recordings never heard before of President Ford’s own voice telling the story as visitors walk through.
One of the most noticeable changes from the outside is the new addition of the DeVos Learning Center at the museum. It is a learning destination where students who are on field trips come to learn about leadership and character taught through President Ford’s history. While there, children are taught by a mix of museum and foundation staff along with volunteers. The classrooms are top-of-the-line with technology. Each child will get an iPad for the day, which they can take out into the museum to enhance and document their experience
People packed the museum’s campus on Tuesday, June 7, for a re-dedication and grand opening ceremony. Members of President and First Lady Ford’s family attended the festivities, including their children Mike, Steve and Susan Ford Bales. Several members of the Ford Cabinet also took part in the event, including former Vice President Dick Cheney.