Schedule Your Visit

To register your class for a program, please contact
Clare Shubert, Director of Engagement and Programming for the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation
E: cshubert@38foundation.org ~ P: (616) 254-0409
Please schedule your visit at least two (2) weeks in advance of your planned visit.

About Our Program

If you have questions about our program, please contact
Clare Shubert, Director of Engagement and Programming for the DeVos Learning Center
E: cshubert@38foundation.org ~ P: (616) 254-0409

Helpful Information When Scheduling a School Visit

Admission Fees
Students, kindergarten through 12th grade, visiting as part of an organized classroom visit are admitted free of charge. We require one adult chaperone for every ten students. Those required adults are also admitted free of charge. Additional adults are required to pay admission.

  • $8.00 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
  • free for children under the age of 5

Hours
Open daily from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. (Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.)

Advanced Preparation
Because the most successful museum visits are those where students and adults are well prepared, we offer you the following guidelines for your Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum class trip.

  • If at all possible, visit the Museum before bringing your students. Teachers preparing for classroom visits are admitted free of charge.
  • Prepare your students for the exhibits they will see through pre-visit activities and discussions. There are a variety of gallery activities included in this packet, or you may develop you own.
  • Divide your students into small groups and plan to have one chaperone with each group. By doing this you will be free to move from group to group, checking on progress, answering questions, and assisting with behavioral issues, if necessary.
  • Make a copy of the Chaperone Guidelines for each of your chaperones. In addition, it is helpful if you provide them with information on your specific assignments and instructions, and a name tag prior to your visit.

Museum Etiquette and Rules
As you know, museums have a variety of rules designed both for the safe-keeping of artifacts and documents on display, and to ensure a safe, enjoyable visit for all guests. We appreciate your help in seeing that your students follow these basic rules during your visit. Our goal is to do everything possible to see that your students, and our other guests, enjoy their Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum experience.

  • Please have your students remain with their chaperones at all times while at the Museum.
  • Please make sure your students do not bring food or beverages into the Museum. This includes all candy and gum.
  • Please remind students that they need to use care and not touch or lean on the displays. In this way, they can help us take good care of everything on display.
  • While we love to see enthusiastic students at the Museum, please remind your students that they must use indoor voices and refrain from running. Students are representing their teachers and schools while using community resources.
  • Please take as many photographs as you would like – – without using a flash. There may be restrictions on photography in our special changing exhibits. Check with Museum staff for details.

Chaperones
We require one adult chaperone for every ten students. Each student must be assigned to a small group and be accompanied by a chaperone. Chaperones must remain with their group at all times while at the Museum and on the Museum grounds.

Chaperones are responsible for working with you, the teacher, to keep students organized and focused on their visit. Please give each chaperone specific information about your students’ Museum assignments and goals prior to arriving at the Museum.

We also ask that chaperones help students abide by the Museum’s rules, outlined above. Museum staff expects teachers and chaperones to maintain control and discipline of their groups at all times. Museum staff and security are available for assistance, if necessary.

Directions
General driving directions are provided or please via google maps.

  • From the North: US 131 south to Pearl Street exit. East on Pearl to Museum entrance.
  • From the South: US 131 north to Pearl Street exit. East on Pearl to Museum entrance.
  • From the East: I-196 west to Ottawa Avenue exit. South on Ottawa to Pearl Street. West on Pearl to Museum entrance.
  • From the West: I-196 east to US 131 south / Pearl Street exit. East on Pearl to Museum entrance. (Bear to the right as you exit I-196 and the Pearl Street exit. You won’t actually merge onto US 131.)

Parking
Free bus parking is available on Scribner Street, directly to the west of the Museum, and in the Museum’s south parking lot.

Check-In Procedures
When you arrive at the Museum, one person should come in to our Admissions Desk to handle check-in. Please be prepared to give an exact count of students and adults – both teachers and chaperones. At this time you will be asked to pay our $8.00 per person admission fee for any adults over the required number of one per ten students. We accept cash, checks, and major credit cards. Please let our admissions staff know if you need a receipt.

Museum Store
The Museum has a gift shop on site. Many items in the Museum Store are priced for children. We ask that only one group of ten students be allowed in the store at a time.