Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

September 03, 2015

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Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum | Gallery Renovation | Grand Rapids, Michigan


Reinterpreting a Man of Character


The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum received an 8,000-square-foot addition and new permanent exhibits as part of a $15 million project completed in May 2016.


In July of 2015 Xibitz was awarded the contract to manage, produce and install the exhibits as designed by Gallagher & Associates, an interpretive planning and museum design firm located outside of Washington D.C.


This new permanent exhibit provides visitors with the opportunity to experience President Ford and the First Lady’s lives, careers, and legacies. The exhibits sets the context of the state of the nation during Ford’s presidency, replicates key experiences in his life and presidency, and emphasizes Ford’s irreproachable character and continuing legacy.


Xibitz worked closely with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to properly showcase and preserve more of the museum’s permanent collections and archival holdings. While engaged in this work, Xibitz closely coordinated with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, Gallagher & Associates, Museum Director and Staff, and Construction Project Manager.


A key project partner is Bowen Technovation, a specialized media systems and software design firm based in Indianapolis. For over 29 years Bowen Technovation has specialized in exhibit and planetarium/immersive theater technologies for museum, cultural center, science center, and large format film and planetarium projects. Bowen Technovation is also currently partnering with Xibitz on the new University of Michigan Museum of Natural History located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


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